TACA Open Studio 2018
The Australian Design Centre will host a pop-up studio on Saturday 18 August from 10am-4pm as part of the Australian Ceramics Association Open Studios 2018.
The Australian Design Centre will host a pop-up studio on Saturday 18 August from 10am-4pm as part of the Australian Ceramics Association Open Studios 2018.
Six designers were presented with awards for the best designs in the emerging, established and selected sponsor supported categories during the opening night of WORKSHOPPED18.
Australian Design Centre has honoured eleven outstanding individuals for their achievements and contributions to the design sector.
DENFAIR opens in Melbourne this week bringing together designers, architects, interior stylist and designer-lovers for a four-day celebration of Australian design with events and exhibitions.
Presented by DENFAIR and supported by Schiavello, Front /Centre is presented in partnership with Craft ACT, Craft Vic, Design Object Tasmania, JamFactory and Workshopped together with Australian Design Centre.
Lorraine Connelly-Northey is a Waradgerie mixed media artist. You can find Lorraine's small sculptural dilly bag artworks in store at Object Shop and her Kooliman Aboriginal Bush Bowl on tour with ADC's exhibition Obsessed: compelled to make.
Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards is a new and exciting exhibition highlighting the abundance of textile artists in NSW and showcasing the progressive art form of textiles. We speak to the Seed Stitch Collective about the exhibition, which will be presented by the Australian Design Centre (ADC) during Sydney Craft Week.
We spoke to Annie Ivanova, author of “Taiwan by Design: 88 products for better living” to find out how she became interested in Taiwan and what to look out for in the showcase Let's Tea Party: Taiwan Design Now opening 31 May.
Australian Design Centre (ADC) has been awarded an Australia Council grant to research and develop a new contemporary jewellery survey exhibition for a future national tour.
ADC is celebrating International Museum Day with a range of activities in early May supporting the connection of museums with communities, cultural landscapes and the natural environment.
The Australian Design Centre is hosting a pop-up studio as part of the Australian Ceramics Open Studios 2018.
In 2017, ADC was successful in securing an Aboriginal Employment Program grant from Create NSW to employ a First Nations Creative Producer. Lucy Simpson and Dennis Golding, both exceptional creative people, talk with Lisa Cahill, CEO about their background and what they bring to this role.
ADC's Annual Report of activities in 2017 and a preview of what’s in store for 2018.
A short film about Sydney weaver Liz Williamson made by filmmaker Angus Lee Forbes for the Australian Design Centre (ADC) exhibition Obsessed: Compelled to make has been accepted into Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival.
Vita Cochran embraces bold colour and geometry in her Object Space exhibition, En Vitrine (In the Front Window). Lisa Cahill, CEO and Artistic Director, chats with Vita to discover more about what influences her work and her love of textile design.
Sydney Design Festival has just finished, but at the Australian Design Centre we celebrate and support design year round! We chat to Object Shop designer Adrian Lawson to learn more about his practice and his recycled lighting.
Australian Design Centre’s Creative Program for 2018 is an ambitious and exciting program that includes projects with a diverse mix of Australian and international artists and partners.
The program includes 19 exhibitions in Sydney, over 100 events and public programs, outdoor markets, 15 exhibition openings across Australia in our national exhibition program ADC on Tour and Sydney Craft Week – a 10 day program of over 100 different events taking place across Greater Sydney.
A great range of events coming up to keep you inspired - come into the Centre for workshops, talks and inspiration.
Australian Design Centre's boutique outdoor Makers Market is back for the first time in 2018 as part of the Sydney Design Festival.
Saturday 10 March, 10am -4pm.
Lisa Cahill, CEO and Artistic Director shares her top picks for the Sydney Design Festival 2018.
Play Up: Exploring objects through humour therapy in dementia care facilitated by Tasman Munro and Jean-Paul Bell is on display in Object Space. Lisa Cahill spoke to social designer Tasman Munro to find out more.
Object Shop, set within our William Street gallery is a retail shop selling the work of over 75 makers and designers, including beautiful work by notable Indigenous artists.
To celebrate International Women's Day in March, ADC's Creative Strategy Associate Penny Craswell looks at gender balance in design and the ways the design sector is supporting female designers.
Australian Design Centre (ADC) and Workshopped are thrilled to announce that WORKSHOPPED18 will be exhibited by presenting partner ADC this year.
As part of the exhibition Obsessed: Compelled to make we are presenting a series of talks and events including panels discussions, interactive poetry workshops and markets. Find out more here.
The exhibition Future Artefacts brings together three very distinct creative voices, each well known in their respective fields for their unique and particular vision: that of fashion designer Alexi Freeman, contemporary jeweller Tessa Blazey, and photographic artist Jane Burton.
We are delighted to announce that two major project grants have been awarded to Australia Design Centre for projects commencing in 2018.
Sydney Living Museums Christmas Fare, the much loved foodies artisan market, is returning to Hyde Park Barracks on Thursday 14 December. We are very excited to be partnering with Sydney Living Museums to present ‘Makers Lane’ a curated selection of stalls featuring ten of the most popular makers we stock in Object Shop.
Lismore Regional Gallery has opened the doors to its new exhibitions space after a decade of planning and hard work. Located in the old Lismore High School, the significant redevelopment creates a central cultural hub for the city. We asked curator Fiona Fraser what they have planned for 2018.
We're seeking expressions of interest to host multi-disciplinary artist Charlotte Haywood's exhibition Green Asylum, a large-scale experimental textile and video installation that blurs the boundaries between tapestry weaving and architecture, landscape and language.
Robert Pulie is one of ADC's most experienced exhibition installers. Many of you would have met Robert as he has installed Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels at all 14 venues. We asked Robert a few questions about how he got involved with ADC On Tour.
The changing nature of design media and the role of writers in promoting ethical design were two reoccurring themes that emerged at the Object Subject conference, ADC Creative Strategy Associate Penny Craswell reflects on the event.
Jo Jarosinska is a UNSW Art & Design student, who is currently in her honours year of a Bachelor of Design degree. She has completed an internship at the Australian Design Centre working on the inaugural Sydney Craft Week.
Twenty-seven leading cultural organisations have formed the Sydney Culture Network, launched last week at the Royal Botanical Gardens.
DESIGN-MADE. is a new contemporary design event showcasing furniture, lighting and objects for home and living. Held over three days it features educational talks, book signings, workshops, installations and 'meet the maker' forums. We spoke to co-founder Kobe Johns to find out what to expect at DESIGN-MADE.
It’s a wrap. This year, over 90 organisations across Sydney took part in the inaugural Sydney Craft Week. Working in a myriad of mediums across 45 suburbs of Sydney, this year’s festival was an overwhelmingly positive experience, which was embraced wholeheartedly by the craft community and lovers of handmade.
Australian Design Centre is delighted to announce eight new Australian Design Honourees for their extensive contributions to craft and design in Australia.
Biomedical engineer Professor Melissa Knothe Tate is turning art and science on their heads in her transdisciplinary, interactive exhibition, Biotextilogy: The Cellular Catwalk opening 6 October. We recently asked her about about the topic - “Handmade in a digital age” - and the questions "Why is craft important in a digital age? How does craft do good in the world? Why is it needed now more than ever?"
Founded in 2013, the Indigenous Jewellery Project (IJP) is the first nation-wide Indigenous Australian contemporary jewellery project. ADC CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Cahill spoke to IJP founding curator Emily McCulloch Childs about the project in preparation for the opening of Bulay(i):Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Artists with Indigenous Jewellery Project.
WORKSHOPPED17 is a platform for both new and established product, furniture and lighting designers. We spoke to WORKSHOPPED Producer Raymond Scott to find out more about the event.
As part of DESIGN Canberra, the Australian Design Centre’s Object Shop will showcase a collection of pieces by Canberra-based makers Harriet Schwarzrock, Chelsea Lemon, Peter Bollington and Richilde Flavell.
Sydney Contemporary, Australasia's largest art fair, returns from 7 - 10 September with 90+ galleries from around the globe at the Carriageworks. We spoke to Anna Grigson from Sabbia Gallery who will be exhibiting for the first time to find out what she is showing and what she is looking forward to seeing.
Sydney is in the running to claim the title World Design Capital 2020. Lisa Cahill spoke to ADC's Australian Design Honouree Tim Horton (NSW Architects Registration Board) about why he thinks the proposal is important and what it means for Sydney in a time of massive urban and population growth.
ADC's exhibition program for 2017 celebrates the value and power of making in our lives through an exciting series of exhibitions and public programs featuring some of Australia’s most dynamic makers.
Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s ADC Mentoring Award at the UTS Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.
The inaugural Sydney Craft Week will be held from Friday 6 to Sunday 15 October 2017. Find out what's on at ADC during this ten-day festival celebrating the beauty of the handmade and the pleasure of making.
Object Therapy is the ADC’s newest major exhibition to travel across Australia on an eight-venue nation tour. We’ve been busy preparing this touring exhibition with all the crating, foaming, packing and wrapping that goes on before we hit the road.
The ADC On Tour exhibition Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design recently finished it's three year tour at JamFactory in Adelaide. ADC's Lisa Cahill spoke to Brian Parkes, CEO of JamFactory to talk about Resolved, what makes a successful touring exhibition and also some collaborations coming up.
ADC touring exhibition Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels was recently on display at Redland Art Gallery in Queensland. ADC's Lisa Cahill spent some time with Emma Bain, Director of Redland Art Gallery to find out how the exhibition experience was and discover more about the venue.
Meet ADC Programs Coordinator Di Reed, who you'll find overseeing the pack-up and installation of touring exhibitions as they go on the road. She recently travelled to Queensland to assist with the installation of Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum.
We spoke with Emma Elizabeth from LOCAL DESIGN about Milan Design Week and showcasing Australian designers. Emma Elizabeth is the producer of LOCAL MILAN, exhibiting at ADC from 15 June – 9 August.
In her final semester of the Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW Art & Design, Hannah commenced an internship and Capstone Project at Australian Design Centre.
Congratulations to Lilian Hambling, recipient of the 2017 Good Design Awards, ‘Young Australian Design Award of the Year’.
Karina Glasby is a student from the University of Sydney who is completing a Masters in Museum and Heritage Studies. She has undertaken a 3-month curatorial internship at the Australian Design Centre as a part of her course.
Peter Salhani has joined ADC as our latest Writer in Residence. His reviews, interviews and articles exploring Australian architecture and design, urban space, sustainability and landscape, are published in magazines, books and online.
This is the third year of Women in Design, a conference with an all-female line-up of speakers held in Launceston by Design Tasmania
Three freelance journalists hightail it to Milan Design Week to give us their take on global design innovations in The Milan Report.
We're pleased to present ADC's Annual Report for 2016 which includes a preview of key projects in 2017.
Five Australian creatives present the return to thoughtful design and craftmanship, and the importance of producing meaningful pieces in a world obsessed with consuming more ‘stuff’.
"Design is crucial to the way we experience the world, design our cities and function on a day to day basis. The Australian Design Centre has an essential role in helping us do it well."
"Great design and great artists are core to how we live and exist and it gives me hope that I'm a small part of that."
"My life in an arts and cultural environment has given enormous satisfaction, fulfilment and enjoyment … I’m pleased to give back to it."
Lisa Cahill, Director ADC spent some time with Object Therapy Curator, Project Designer and Research Investigator, and Object Therapy Designer/Repairer, Guy Keulemans to draw out his ideas transformative repair, the anxiety of creating waste and finding creativity in repair.
WORKSHOPPED in association with ADC will be presenting 12 emerging designers from NSW, WA and Victoria at this year's DENFAIR in Melbourne.
Object Therapy presents 29 crowd sourced, broken objects that have been 'repaired' and re-imagined by noted Australian and international designers and artists. Discover a series of workshops and events including kids' school holiday workshops, a repair map of Sydney and a ‘Repair Fair’ for members of the public to meet designer/repairers to find out how broken objects can be brought back to life.
Lisa Cahill, Director ADC spent time with Dan Honey, Director of Special Projects and Cultural Programs, Hotel Hotel talking about the upcoming exhibition Object Therapy, design-led business practice and collecting objects.
In 2016, Lisa Cahill (ADC Director) invited Penny Craswell (The Design Writer) to share our space in Darlinghurst. Here they talk about a mutual interest and love for craft and design that has led to some great conversations and potential collaborations.
We've had the pleasure of Phil Ferguson aka Chili Philly in our gallery preparing for his first solo exhibition Chili Philly: Crochet Social. His enthusiasm and creativity is contagious and we wanted to take a moment to find out more about him.
Australian Design Centre is partnering with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to present Chili Philly: Crochet Social. We talked to Greg Clarke, Creative Director about his highlights of this year’s festival.
ADC is partnering with Mama Creatives in 2017 and hosting their series of master classes. Here we meet Mama Creatives Founder Anna Kellerman and find out about who they are and what they are doing in 2017.
As part of Chili Philly's exhibition we're holding a curated Makers Market - Adorned - on Saturday 25 February.
We've invited 20 of our favourite local makers and designers to sell original, handmade items. The market is curated to include work spanning jewellery, accessories, headware and more, with a focus on adornment in the lead-up to the Mardi Gras Parade weekend.
Blake Griffiths is textile designer who was included in the exhibition Designing Bright Futures: Selected Graduates from UNSW Art & Design.
As a result of being spotted in the exhibition, Blake has been invited to participate in Milan Design Week 2017. We had a quick catch up with Blake to see what he is planning next.
Australian Design Centre is collaborating with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art to present the first Sydney exhibition of Melbourne and Jakarta-based jeweller Annie Gobel. ADC Director Lisa Cahill and 4A Centre of Contemporary Asian Art Director Mikala Tai discuss collaboration and linking Australian makers and audiences with the wider Asian region.
The Australian Design Centre (ADC), one of Australia’s leading centres supporting contemporary craft and design, today announced two major funding grants.
Making is part of the human experience. In 2015 former ADC Director Steve Pozel and Lisa Cahill had the beginnings of a big idea to embark on an exhibition project to showcase the awe inspiring innovation and creativity of the maker. Here we share with you the insights from our research into the power of making.
The Australian Design Centre Award Career Development Award for the UNSW Bachelor of Interior Architecture at UNSW Built Environment for 2016 goes to Kath Bath.
We recently welcomed a group of enthusiastic primary school students from Redfern Jarjum College to ADC for a workshop with our Indigenous Design artist, Nicole Monks.
Book review: Amber Creswell Bell’s beautiful new book Clay: Contemporary Ceramic Artisans celebrates the artists, the making and the resurging appreciation for ceramics and learning to work with clay.
Artist and designer Lucy Simpson has been making for a long time. Before she even knew to call it design Lucy was drawing, dyeing fabrics and threading necklaces with echidna quills collected up on Yuwaalaraay country around Walgett and Lightning Ridge. She shared hosted a a very special evening at the Australian Design Centre on Tuesday 11 October.
Penny Craswell from The Design Writer shares an article about two contemporary Indigenous designers drawing on Indigenous Australian traditions in their practices; Lucy Simpson, a textile and graphic designer and Nicole Monks, a designer working across art, interiors, fashion, set and surface design.
It is with great sadness that we farewell Klaus Moje, celebrated artist and founder of Australian National University Glass Workshop.
Australian Design Centre presents an exhibition of the work of Nicole Monks: Marlu (Kangaroo) and Lucy Simpson: Dhuwi created over their 12 month Arts NSW Indigenous Design Mentorship. Join in the talks and workshops to discover more about these emerging designers and their works.
Meet MakerSpace&Co founder and CEO Anna Lise De Lorenzo talking about the dynamic Marrickville creative studio that welcomes makers at all skill stages from beginners through to pro's honing their craft.
Meet ceramicist Tania Rollond whose art practice intersects poetically and rhythmically with her sculptural ceramic forms. Sometimes Tania’s forms are recognisable but more often they are vaguely familiar. Tania is part of the Clay Intersections exhibition until 21 September.
Read an interview with Natalie Rosin, who is at the intersection of clay and architecture. As an emerging artist and architecture graduate, her work freely explores form and space through clay. Natalie is part of the Clay Intersections exhibition until 21 September.
Kil.n.it Studios are an experimental ceramics studio based in Glebe. This interview meets Rachael McCallum the Technical Director to find out about this terrific venue and accessible studio which is part of the vibrant ceramic community in Sydney for our exhibition Clay Intersections.
Australian Design Centre is holding two Design Emergency workshops on Saturday 6 and 13 August at SupaCenta, Moore Park in partnership with WORKSHOPPED 16.
The Australian craft and design community is mourning the unexpected loss of internationally acclaimed artist and designer Robert Foster, who died on Wednesday 13 July 2016.
Indigenous Design Mentorship recipient Lucy Simpson reflects on the role of design in her life.
A great article on many Aboriginal designers we have worked (and are currently working) with. Nicole Monks and Luck Simpson will show their work later in the year as part of our year long Indigenous Design Mentorship Program.
Clay Intersections highlights a vibrant ceramics community in Sydney. Crossing paths with studios, educators, galleries and stores, this exciting program, which includes workshops, master-classes and ceramics market, will introduce visitors to this thriving creative network.
Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels, national touring exhibition, has recently been acquired by the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston.
Penny Craswell from The Design Writer shares a blog she has written about Egg Picnic, a Sydney-based design duo devoted to wildlife conservation.
The ADC Gallery was brimming with youthful energy and enthusiasm this week, thanks to 3D Printing & CAD workshops led by our Learning Partner, Modfab and school visits to our current exhibition Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future.
Designer Stephen Goddard was lucky enough to spend a brief few days immersed in its wonders and dilemmas of The 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, Reporting from the Front, curated by Alejandro Aravena.
Arts NSW 2016 Indigenous Design Mentorship Nicole Monks writes about her range of furniture inspired by the kangaroo.
Our exhibition Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future includes the colourful Percy Stools by Melbourne-based furniture maker Ryan Pennings. We interviewed Ryan about his experiences with 3D printing and plans to make his own spaceship in the future.
Independent artists and organisations are the backbone of arts in Australia, generating new ideas and new talent. Artists are the innovators of our nation.
Australian Design Centre’s Arts NSW Indigenous Design Mentorship recipient Nicole Monks’ first solo show for 2016 opens Tuesday 31 May at UNSW Art & Design.
Today I was out walking in the sun with a new team member and I realised that it is a year to the day that we opened our new gallery spaces here on William Street in Darlinghurst. Recent events with the Australia Council funding decision and general busyness nearly made this anniversary slip our minds!
The Australian Design Centre (ADC) has been notified that we were unsuccessful in the Australia Council for the Arts' four year grant round for small to medium arts organisations.
ADC’s Design Emergency education program for children encourages the development of critical design thinking skills using creativity, collaboration and play.
As part of the Australian Design Centre’s exhibition, Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future, Modfab will be running a series of 3D Printing and CAD Workshops for anyone keen to discover and explore the relatively new technology of 3D design.
We are pleased to be working with two emerging designers who will take part in Arts NSW 2016 Indigenous Design Mentorship.
Nicole Monks is a trans-disciplinary creative working across furniture design, photo media and light sculpture. In 2014, Monks won the UNSW Art & Design Professional Development Award and was also winner of a Sydney Design Award for her showcase at Australian Indigenous Fashion Week.
We are pleased to be working with two emerging designers who will take part in Arts NSW 2016 Indigenous Design Mentorship.
Lucy Simpson is a textile, graphic and object designer, recently featured at Museum of Contemporary Art's Primavera and is founder of design and textiles label Gaawaa Miyay.
7 June 2016
As part of Australian Design Centre’s exhibition, Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future, Fenella Kernebone chats with featured artists Louis Pratt and Lousje Skala about how 3D printing can transform creative practice.
After launching at Western Plains Cultural Centre, we're looking forward to bringing Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future to Sydney in May.
As part of the final iteration of ADC’s major touring exhibition, CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade, featured health technology designer Leah Heiss joined forces with exhibition designer Katherine Bond to engage 30 enthusiastic participants in designing technologies for better health and wellbeing.
We are excited to announce the acquisition of a major research grant to develop a new touring exhibition about making in Australia.
Steve's legacy is enormous. He has been a sensational leader, thinker and advocate for design for many years. At ADC he has initiated many ground-breaking programs to promote Australian design, and we remember his 16-year tenure in highlights.
We opened to a bustling crowd on Wednesday night for Art Month Sydney's Art at Night, featuring the opening of Lyn Balzer and Tony Perkins' Scented Intoxication: Reimagined. The multi-disciplinary duo have taken their studio on the road from Palmer Lane, Darlinghurst, into the beautiful 1850's dwellings of 46 Kensington St.
After a successful season at the Australian Design Centre in 2015, Julie Paterson's Cloth: From Seeds to Bloom will venture around NSW until the end of 2016, making its first stop at Gosford Regional Gallery.
Visual Arts writer Gina Riley recently caught up with Associate Director Lisa Cahill to chat about the changes at the Australian Design Centre and how the new re-brand coincides with the future direction of design.
Interbrand believe that design thinking and creativity can solve some of business' biggest problems. A case study on the Australian Design Centre rebrand is featured on their new Stand Apart website. Check it out!
Congrats to our 2015 Designers in Residence who are are one of 19 applicants that have secured a residency space through the City of Sydney's Creative Space program.
This week we opened the works of Marie Hagerty and Robert Foster from Karen Woodbury Gallery for Art at Night as part of Art Month Sydney. Exploring colour, movement and semiotic form, the works of Hagerty & Foster blur the boundaries of contemporary art and design through conceptual object-making. Their exhibition runs until the 15 April.
Congrats to Lola Greeno who won this week's Weekly Fringe Award for Best Art and Design at this year's Adelaide Fringe. Lots of great comedy, music, cabaret, and children's events included in the wrap up and are definitely worth checking out!
The Australian Design Centre officially opens Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future tonight at Western Plains Cultural Centre (WPCC). The exhibition is all about imagination and new methods of making. Drawing on the high-tech and the rapidly evolving world of 3D printers, Shapeshifters revolutionises design.
Emotional intelligence pioneers The School of Life will be returning to Sydney and we're very pleased to be holding their Pop Up Term program of events, workshops and salons at our gallery between 28 February - 23 March.
CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade returned to Sydney this week. Following a bumper two-year tour, the exhibition brings back the works of Leah Heiss, Stephen Mushin, Greg More, Floyd Mueller and Super Critical Mass, showing until 28 April.
Paul's innovative work will be remembered through the success of CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade, which reached over 50,000 people around Australia between 2013-2015, educating them about the power of design to improve disadvantaged communities.
The third and final of our The Gold Club events of 2015, which is conversation series that shines a spotlight on how influential women have contributed to the Australian craft and design landscape. Featuring Lyn Balzer, Melanie Katsalidis, Maree Clarke, Nina Cueva and Dr Anna Lebovic.
2015 has been a big year in the arts and cultural space. At the Australian Design Centre we celebrated 50 years of working in craft and design, and moved to our new home in William Street, Darlinghurst. Our gallery space has enjoyed several exciting exhibitions this year, including a collaboration with the Australian Museum on Future Nature.
As part of Scented Intoxication we hosted a VIP shopping night curated by Lyn Balzer and Tony Perkins, along with womenswear imagineers Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales of Romance Was Born.