2022 Repeat Season

Everything you ever needed to know about design and more!

Have you always wanted to know more about the history of design and better understand the world around you? What is this thing called design? Where did it all start, and how did we get here? What do designers do? What is Bauhaus, Modernism and Mingei? What is Australian design? Are our First Nations People our first designers?

Australian Design Centre in partnership with ArtsPeople presents a repeat series of entertaining and informative lectures delivered by top experts in the field on design history and the forces and people who have shaped our contemporary world.

Join other design lovers once a week for six weeks at the Centre in Darlinghurst to learn about the major design movements and how they are impact our understanding of design today.

Book tickets here

When: Wednesdays 6 April to 25 May 2022 6-8pm
(a break is scheduled with no lectures on 20 and 27 April)
Where: Australian Design Centre, 113 -115 William Street, Darlinghurst

Full series ticket: $300/ $250 concessions (plus GST + booking fees)

Numbers are limited and some sessions may have a waiting list.

A glass of wine, sparkling water, snacks and all materials are included in the ticket price.

Created to fill a gap in our cultural landscape, this six-part series presents a brief history of design for people who haven’t studied design in the formal education system, but who are keen to better understand historical and contemporary design culture.

Design101 will traverse all the disciplines of design, from product, furniture, graphics, decorative arts and craft, architecture, textiles and interiors and industrial design. In true ‘Design 101’ form, each week participants will be given reading lists and other resources for further reading and research.

Presentations will be hosted by Kathryn Hunyor (Director, ArtsPeople) who has worked in consultation with ADC CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Cahill and the team at Australian Design Centre to curate this special series. Kathryn will introduce each guest lecturer and host a conversation with the presenter and audience following the lecture. Each week an Australian designer will join the conversation to talk about the influences of design history on their own work.

A glass of wine, sparkling water, snacks and all materials are included in the ticket price.

DESIGN101: The Program

Click on each speaker below for more information on the individual presentations.

Week 1: David Clark

What is design?
Wednesday 6 April 2022

Week 2: Peter McNeil

Apostles of Beauty: the Arts & Crafts Movement
Wednesday 13 April 2022

Week 3: Alison Page

Building on Country: Australian Indigenous Design
Wednesday 4 May 2022

Week 4: Eloise Rapp

Tradition and Transcendence: a journey through Japanese Design
Wednesday 11 May 2022

Week 5: Mark Ian Jones

Not all blonde wood and clean lines: A Scandinavian Design History
Wednesday 18 May 2022

Week 6: Annalisa Capurro

From Bauhaus to Your House
Wednesday 25 May 2022

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