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LOCAL MILAN

15 June – 9 August 2017

During this year’s Milan Design Week LOCAL DESIGN transformed the historic Oratorio della Passione at Piazza Sant’Ambrogio into a strong stylish statement for a range of eleven Australian designers. On returning to Australia LOCAL DESIGN is showcasing LOCAL MILAN within the Australian Design Centre.

Chili Philly

2 February - 29 March 2017

Chili Philly: Crochet Social, the first major solo exhibition of crochet wearable art by Melbourne-based artist Phil Ferguson.

Annie Gobel

2 February - 29 March 2017

In our first collaboration with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art we are pleased to present Indonesian-born, Melbourne-based jeweller Annie Gobel.

Designing Bright Futures

1 December 2016 - 25 January 2017

Designing Bright Futures: Selected UNSW A&D Design Graduates is a satellite of the Annual 16 and an exhibition partnership between Australian Design Centre and UNSW Art & Design - a celebration of optimism, ideas and ambitions.

Living Treasures


Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft celebrates the work and practice of exceptional individuals who have demonstrated more than three decades of excellence in their chosen discipline.

Indigenous Design

29 September - 23 November 2016

Australian Design Centre is delighted to present an exhibition of work by Nicole Monks and Lucy Simpson, the two recipients of the Arts NSW Indigenous Design Mentorship 2016.


Cloth: From Seeds to Bloom

Touring 9 October 2015 - 30 April 2017

Cloth: Seeds to Bloom traces 20 years of one of Australia's most influential textile designers and dynamic creative forces, Julie Paterson. Drawing inspiration from the Australian bush, British-born Paterson's stunning fabrics are a riot of colour, floral forms, and patterns.

Clay Intersections Clay Communities

28 July – 21 September 2016

ADC presents Clay Intersections: an exhibition exploring new and varied approaches to making and working with clay. Featuring the work of Bridget Bodenham, Cone 11's Colin Hopkins and Ilona Topolcsanyi, Helen Earl, Tania Rollond, Natalie Rosin, Ulrica Trulsson and Kenji Uranishi - experience a new generation of makers.

Co-Designing Wearable Health Technologies

14 April 2016

Leah Heiss & hearing expert Elaine Saunders create an innovated co-design workshop to engage people with designing technologies for health and wellbeing.

CUSP

2 February - 28 April 2016

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade presents the future through five designers working on the cusp of what is possible.

Scented Intoxication: Reimagined

3 March - 15 April 2016

Following on from the success of 2015’s Scented Intoxication at Australian Design Centre, Lyn Balzer and Tony Perkins will launch a collection of their works at the Chippendale Creative Precinct to celebrate Art Month in March.

Migrations

4 January - 27 February 2016

International textiles exhibition Migrations to open at the Australian Design Centre in January 2016, which explores the notion of textiles as carriers of multiple cultural influences.


Scented Intoxication

15 October - 18 December 2015

Known for their multi-disciplinary explorations of photography, object design and jewellery, Lyn Balzer and Tony Perkins will exhibit all disciplines of their work in one space at Australian Design Centre, launching October 2015.

Future Nature

28 August - 16 October 2015

In collaboration with the Australian Museum, Future Nature explores possible futures through the eyes of artists, designers and architects inspired by biology and the natural world. Mapping the collisions of art, science, and design, the exhibition explores the roots of scientific curiosity.

Eggpicnic & Justin Cawley

From 26 May at the Australian Design Centre, designers-in-residence, Eggpicnic and Justin Cawley will share their creative process with the public in the lead up to the exhibition launch. Over a three-month period, each designer has been visiting the Australian Museum and drawing inspiration from the priceless collections hidden within.

WOOD: art design architecture

18 October - 29 November 2014

The touring exhibition WOOD: art design architecture is making its way to Sydney ­appearing at ADC from 18 October until 29 November 2014. In celebration of our final program at St Margaret's ahead of our move into the William Street Creative Hub, the exhibition will be complemented by a stellar line ­up of public programs.

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade

6 July - 1 September 2013

CUSP features the work of twelve very different designers, each developing creative solutions to some of the big challenges we are facing today and into the next decade. Working at the edge of what is possible, these designers are exploring new and innovative territory in their practice.

Marie Hagerty & Robert Foster

3 March - 29 April 2016

Bringing together art and design in conceptual object-making form, Marie Hagerty and Robert Foster will be presenting their works in Sydney for the first time and we are proud to present them at our Australian Design Centre gallery as part of Art Month.

New Weave

6 February – 29 March 2014

New Weave pushes the boundaries of the woven form: artists and designers re-appropriating traditional weaving techniques, using different materials to create intricate and striking wearables, objects and installations.

2nd International Triennale of Craft

3 - 29 August 2013

Australian Design Centre was invited to curate the Australian inclusion at the 2nd International Triennale of Craft: The Arts - Grounded in Region at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan. 36 works of contemporary craft by 20 Indigenous Australian craft practitioners were selected to represent Australia.

Women with Clever Hands

30 March — 9 June 2012

Women with Clever Hands: Gapuwiyak Miyalkurruwurr Gong Djambatjmala is an exhibition of the fibre work made by women from Gapuwiyak in Arnhem Land.

HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics

8 October 2011 - 8 January 2012

A provocative and engaging exhibition of work by Australian artists using clay in unexpected and surprising ways, HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics highlights the versatility of this time-honoured material and, in doing so, re-imagines its possibilities. 

Now and When: Australian Urbanism

2 July – 25 September 2011

This collection of dramatic urban visions exhibited at the 12th International Architecture Biennale in Venice was seen in Sydney for the first time when Now And When: Australian Urbanism opened.

Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture

5 September – 15 November 2009

Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture is a unique and groundbreaking exhibition that exposes the richness and breadth of contemporary Indigenous sculpture in Australia. 

Frost*bite

7 January – 12 March 2006

A multi-disciplinary project that explored contemporary design through the eyes of one of the world’s leading graphic designers Vince Frost.

Dinosaur Designs

13 December 2002 - 16 March 2003

This major survey exhibition, developed by Object as part of the 2003 Sydney Festival, provides the first comprehensive overview of the distinctive jewellery and homewares of Dinosaur Designs.