Always Was, Always Will Be

8 -15 November 

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

The theme for 2020 is – Always Was, Always Will Be. 

NSW Contemporary Textile Award winners announced

Four winners have been announced in the Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Award.  The exhibition was opened as part of the Sydney Craft Week launch at Australian Design Centre on Friday 9 October.

Create Day

Saturday 10 October

Engage with over 300 artists, makers, designers and creators in real-time around the world.

Sydney Craft Week 2020

 Friday 9 to Sunday 18 October.

Sydney Craft Week is about celebrating creativity and the handmade in all its forms. 

Sydney Craft Week Makers Market

Australian Design Centre’s boutique outdoor Makers Market is back on Saturday 17 October!

Digitising History

We're delighted to announce our contribution to digitise craft and design history. Object magazine produced in print from 1992 - 2009 is now online. 

SSCTA 2020 Shortlist Selection

Australian Design Centre and Seed Stitch Collective are excited to announce the Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Award 2020 shortlist.

Award Winners

WORKSHOPPED20: Celebrating 20 Years of Australian Design was launched on Thursday 6 August. Four designs were awarded in the emerging, established and sustainable categories. 

Funding success for ADC

Australian Design Centre has been awarded $300,000 per year for the next four years in the NSW Government’s Create NSW Multi- Year Organisations Funding grant process.

Obsessed: Compelled to make

ADC On Tour exhibition Obsessed: Compelled to make opens Saturday 1 August at Cowra Regional Art Gallery in New South Wales.  ADC's CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Cahill spoke to Living Treasure Master of Australian Craft weaver Liz Williamson and a local Cowra artist with an international reputation, ceramicist Greg Daly, about their practice. 

Selected Designers

2020 marks the 20th anniversary exhibition of the design industry’s much anticipated annual program WORKSHOPPED20.   

Australian Design Centre and WORKSHOPPED are excited to announce this year’s selected designers. 


A great range of events coming up to keep you inspired - come into the Centre for workshops, talks and inspiration.

Australian Design Centre Funding and Advocacy

Australian Design Centre has been actively supporting the creative sector advocacy on multi-year Australia Council funding and Covid-19 support packages.

ADC Re-opening

We’re thrilled to be re-opening on Tuesday 9 June. The Centre will be open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 4pm. 

Craft and Design Sector Survey Results

ADC on behalf of the Australian Craft and Design Centres (ADCD) network ran an online sector survey over the month of May 2020 seeking to understand the specific impact of the Covid-19 on Australian creative practitioners and arts workers. 

Design | Isolate

We’ve invited 100 designers/creative thinkers to document their thoughts on Covid-19, isolation, what ‘a new normal’ Australia might look like, how they are effected and how design might contribute to recovery post-pandemic.

CLIMATE: Design Art Architecture

We are delighted to announce that the Australia Council for the Arts has awarded Australian Design Centre a $50,000 Contemporary Touring Initiative grant to develop a new ADC On Tour national touring exhibition.

Isolate Make

We are delighted to announce that the City of Sydney has awarded a cultural resilience grant to Australian Design Centre for a new project Isolate Make | Creative Resilience in a Pandemic

New National Touring Exhibition

We’re delighted to announce that The Australian Ceramics Association is partnering with Australian Design Centre (ADC) to develop an ADC On Tour national touring exhibition of Australian contemporary ceramics. 

Craft and Design Sector Survey

For all of us the current situation with Covid-19 is having an enormous impact.  This survey will help us to understand the specific impact on Australian creative practitioners and arts workers.

Craft and Design Quiz

We’ve had fun creating this quiz to test your knowledge of Australian Craft and Design – give it a go! 

ADC Achievements

We’re proud of our achievements over the past four years. Here are some of our key stats and links to some of our standout programs and projects. 

Creative Vision

We see the next four years as an opportunity for ambitious programming that positions designers and craftspeople as creative problem-solvers during a challenging and critical time for Australia and the world.

Survive, Adapt, Create

The Australia Council for the Arts has a new program in response to the coronavirus pandemic. A $5 million fund has been established this financial year as an early response initiative. The grants open for applications on Thursday and we encourage all small organisations, artists, makers and designers to apply. 

Sydney Craft Week 'Change Makers'

Sydney Craft Week is about celebrating creativity and the handmade in all its forms and in 2020 our theme is Change Makers. The Imperfect Manifesto by Blue Mountains-based textile artist Julie Paterson gives us a framework to let go of the fear of failure and embrace unrestrained and joyful creativity.

Cultural sector calls for government support

An emergency meeting was convened by the National Association of the Visual Arts with sector leaders, including ADC’s CEO Lisa Cahill, to discuss the impact on the Australian cultural sector of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Temporary closure of ADC

Following government advice to close non-essential public spaces, Australian Design Centre will close to the public until further notice to help protect the health of all visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

ADC COVID-19 Update

An update on the Australian Design Centre in the context of COVID-19. 

ADC Makers Market

Australian Design Centre’s boutique outdoor Makers Market is back for the first time in 2020! With a distinctly Darlinghurst vibe this is a friendly local street market that emerges in the morning and is gone by nightfall returning the streets to local people.

Grant success for sustainable design transformation

UNSW Art & Design, in partnership with Australian Design Centre, JamFactory and Design Tasmania, have been awarded an Australian Research Council linkage grant to investigate sustainable design using a transformative repair model. 

Annual Report 2019

This year Australian Design Centre marked five years in Darlinghurst. Delivering programs locally and touring nationally to connect artists, designers and makers with audiences is what we do – promoting Australian craft and design globally across our multitude of platforms.

Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards

2020 Applications Now Closed

ADC in partnership with Seed Stitch Collective is calling for applications from NSW textile artists to take part in the Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards.


As part of Art Month's popular precinct series Art at Night: East Sydney, we will be open late for you to explore CONCRETE: art design architecture between 6-8pm.


ADC is pleased to be partnering again with DENFAIR to bring you the forth instalment of FRONT CENTREa platform for emerging Australian design. Apply before 28 February. 

Mavis Warrngilna Ganambarr

We are delighted to announce leading fibre artist Mavis Warrngilna Ganambarr as the tenth artist in the exhibition series Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft.

In Conversation with Julie Paterson

On display in ADC Object Space Gallery from 31 January to 18 March is the exhibition Sweet Spot by textile designer and artist Julie Paterson. ADC's CEO Lisa Cahill had a chat with Julie about her fabric design label CLOTH and where she gets her inspiration. 

Exhibitions to visit over the holidays

There is so much happening in Sydney these holidays.  We’ve rounded up our selection of the best exhibitions in town that we’re planning to visit over the break. 

Creative Program 2020

In 2020, we present 17 exhibitions and over 100 events in our three gallery spaces, 12 ADC On Tour openings and 200+ citywide events for Sydney Craft Week.

Walgett Indigenous Jewellery Project

Australian Design Centre partnered with Indigenous Jewellery Project’s Emily McCulloch Childs and contemporary jeweller, Melinda Young and Yuwaalaraay sisters Lucy and Nardi Simpson on a week of workshops in the regional NSW town of Walgett. 

Spotlight on Canberra makers

As the Design Canberra Festival kicks in to gear this month, we put a spotlight on Object Shop’s Canberra based makers and designers: AMPM Ceramics, Clare Mazitelli, Girl Nomad Ceramics, Harriet Schwarzrock, Jennifer Robertson and Julie Pennington.

Creativity Connects Us

The Australia Council has announced its new vision for a creatively connected Australia where creative enterprise is entrenched across society, industry and government as the  fuel that ignites our social, cultural and economic  success.

In Conversation

ADC's Object Shop now stocks the beautiful tableware range by JamFactory, featuring a collection of ceramics, glassware and metalwork. We chat with Lucy Potter, Head of Retail and Wholesale Sales at JamFactory to learn more about their range and retail spaces.

Sydney Craft Week 2019

Friday 11 October – Sunday 20 October

Pressing PLAY on the third annual Sydney Craft Week Festival with 150+ events including: 37 exhibitions, 6 talks, 57 workshops, 13 markets and retail events, 30 open studios and 13 live demonstrations.

Vote for Indigenous Edible Garden

We’re excited to announce that Australian Design Centre has been shortlisted for the NSW Government’s My Community grant program with a proposal for a landscape designed Indigenous Edible Garden outside the entrance to the Centre.
Do you live in the Sydney electorate?  We need your help by voting for the project before 15 August.

Profile '19 Awards

Submissions Now Closed - Profile '19 Awards, the 6th JMGA-NSW Biennial Curated Award Exhibition for Jewellery, Objects and Metalsmithing

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival 2019

ADC presents Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival in Sydney on Thursday 5 September 2019 at the Chauvel Cinema Paddington.  


Australian Design Centre is celebrating NAIDOC WEEK (7 – 14 July) with a range of exhibitions and activities.

TACA Open Studio 2019

The Australian Design Centre is hosting a pop-up studio on Saturday 17 August from 10am - 4pm as part of the Australian Ceramics Open Studios. 


Tyrrell’s is one of Australia’s leading family owned wine companies with vineyards extending from their historic home in the Hunter Valley NSW to their Heathcote vineyards in Victoria.  We are delighted to work with Tyrrell’s as ADC’s event partner for 2019 and serve their delicious wines at our exhibition openings. We spoke to Managing Director Bruce Tyrrell to find out a little more.

Studio A: Gabrielle Mordy

Studio A is a supported studio based in Sydney, developing artists living with intellectual disability. Lisa Cahill spoke to Studio A's CEO and Artistic Director Gabrielle Mordy about the recent series of films for Art Bites featuring six of the Studio A artists shown on ABC iView.  

Bridget Kennedy

Bridget Kennedy is highly regarded contemporary jeweller and director of Bridget Kennedy Project Space in North Sydney. She has been a long-time supporter of Australian Design Centre and we spoke to her to find out why. 

Australian Ceramics Triennale

Earlier this month over 700 delegates gathered in Hobart for the 15th Australian Ceramics Triennale.  Five days of conversations, demonstrations, exhibitions and networking as potters took over Princes Wharf.  Galleries all over town opened exhibitions of the work by Australian and International artists.

Lola Greeno honoured at National Indigenous Arts Awards

Lola Greeno has been honoured with the prestigious Red Ochre Award, for outstanding lifetime achievement at the 12th National Indigenous Art Awards.

Funding Success

Australia Council for the Arts has awarded Australian Design Centre two major project grants.

Australian Ceramics Open Studios 2019

We're looking for one emerging or established ceramicist who does not have their own suitable space but would like the opportunity to meet with the public and share their work as part of the Australian Ceramics Open Studios 2019 on Saturday 17 August, 10am-4pm.

Gadigal Mural

We are delighted to announce the results of a fantastic partnership with the City of Sydney’s Art & About Sydney program for a new public artwork located at the rear of the Centre in Barnett Lane, Darlinghurst. 

In Conversation: Belinda Newick

Inspired by the welcome garlands found in many traditional island cultures, jeweller and curator Belinda Newick shares how she developed the exhibition Island Welcome opening at ADC on 11 April.  


Exhibition Program 2020-2022

Australian Design Centre (ADC) is calling for new exhibition proposals for possible inclusion in the 2020-2022 program. 

ADC's Makers Market

Australian Design Centre's boutique outdoor Makers Market is back for the first time in 2019 as part of the Sydney Design Festival on Saturday 9 March.

Sydney Design Festival

When is it not time for a festival in Sydney?!  This month we have both Sydney Design Festival and Art Month Sydney.  Australian Design Centre is featured in both festivals. ADC CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Cahill is a Sydney Design Festival Advisor and these are Lisa’s five picks.

Vacancy Volunteer Board Director

We are looking for a professional craftsperson to join our Board in 2019. If you are a maker who has had experience on boards or committees and you think you have the time and skills necessary to make a contribution on a professional board we’d love to hear from you!

Natalie Parker

Natalie Parker is in her fourth year studying Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation at UTS. She has been interning with ADC over the past month developing a business plan looking at opportunities to expand ADC's educational programs. 

Korean Cultural Centre

The Korean Cultural Centre Australia (KCC) are hosting a series of free workshops at the Australian Design Centre in February, providing opportunities for participants to experience old and new Korean craft through hands-on experiences. 

Funding success for exhibition and tour

We are delighted to announce a major project grant from the Federal Government’s Visions of Australia program ($160,000), towards  the exhibition and national tour of Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft | Prue Venables. 

2019 Creative Program

In 2019 Australian Design Centre presents 16 exhibitions across the Centre’s three gallery spaces. Focussing on materials and process we work with 500 Australian artists across a range of disciplines including Indigenous practice, architecture, art, design, jewellery, ceramics, furniture, metalwork, graphics, digital design, sculpture and textiles. 

Exhibitions to see over the holidays

Staying in Sydney these holidays? We’ve rounded up our selection of the best exhibitions in town that we’re planning to visit over the break and perhaps a short train or road trip a little further afield. 

Makers Lane

ADC is very excited to be partnering once again with Sydney Living Museums to present ‘Makers Lane’, a curated selection of Object Shop makers at their 2018 Christmas Fare on Thursday 13 December at Hyde Park Barracks.

Exploring traditional crafts in Sichuan Province

ADC’s Partnerships and Communications Manager, Alix Fiveash recently attended (29 November -2 December) the Sichuan Traditional Crafts and Design Exhibition and Forum in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.

ADC Christmas Raffle

Win a handmade prize pack valued at over $500 as part of the ADC Christmas Raffle. 

Object Shop

In the lead up to Christmas, ADC's retail space, Object Shop has taken over the whole lower gallery and features limited edition jewellery, ceramics, textiles, glass and cards, all hand crafted, by close to 100 leading local makers and emerging talent.

Dorothy Filshie

On display in Object Space until 14 November is the exhibition Dorothy Filshie: Fish Out of Water. Fish Out of Water is an exhibition of the textile object work of NSW artist Dorothy Filshie. We spoke to Dorothy to find out more about her inspiration and making process. 

Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards Winners

Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards Winners

2018 Churchill Fellowships

Designer, Australian Design Honouree (and ADC Board member), Andrew Simpson has been awarded a 2018 Churchill Fellowship.

What makes a truly great building?

Forty-five years after it opened, Sydney Opera House is still arguably Sydney’s most impressive piece of architecture. This Sydney Architecture Festival program asks, “what makes a building truly great”? 

Getting to the heart of design

Materiality, ethics and identity, and their role in making a design culture, were the key themes that emerged from the fourth Women in Design Colloquium, held at Design Tasmania in Launceston from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 September 2018.

Women in Design 2018

Design Tasmania is partnering with Australian Design Centre to present the 2018 Women in Design Colloquium in Launceston on 14 -16 September.

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival 2018

ADC presents Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival in Sydney on 5 and 6 September 2018 at the Chauvel Cinema Paddington. 

Sangeeta Sandrasegar

In the lead up to National Science Week (11 to 19 August) Lisa Cahill caught up with Sangeeta Sandrasegar about her work with the Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) and the science she references in her practice. Her work Everything has two witnesses, one on earth and one in the sky features in the exhibition Painting with Thread: Samples and Tapestries from the Australian Tapestry Workshop is on display at ADC until 26 September.

Joshua Smith

ADC’s CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Cahill took time out this week to ask artist Joshua Smith some questions in the lead up to the opening of Urban Decay.

Antonia Syme

Painting with Thread: Samples and Tapestries from the Australian Tapestry Workshop is on show 2 August until 26 September. ATW are masters at weaving designs by some of Australia’s most accomplished artists including the magnificent work by Guan Wei. ADC's CEO Lisa Cahill spoke to ATW  Director Antonia Syme to find out a little more about their work. 

UNSW Art and Design

We are delighted to have UNSW Art and Design as a platinum sponsor for the exhibition WORKSHOPPED18: New Australian Furniture, Lighting and Object Design. We asked Dr Mark Ian Jones, Deputy Head of Design from UNSW Art and Design a few questions about Australian design and what they were looking for in presenting the UNSW Art and Design Award for Emerging Design. 

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.

Award Winners

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

IAS Fine Art Logistics Group

ADC on Tour travels to dozens of exhibition venues across Australia each year. Works being transported can range from delicate ceramics to solid blocks of concrete and large scale exhibition furniture. To look after our precious cargo we love working with the team from IAS Fine Art Logistics, who provide specialised art transport solutions - preparing, packing and transporting our shows. We talked to IAS Business Development Manager, Ian Charman about fine art logistics internationally and advice for those wishing to tour art. 

Signwave Newtown

ADC has worked with SIGNWAVE Newtown over many years to produce high quality exhibition signage. We talk to Dean Rowland from Signwave about some of his favourite projects, challenges and working with cultural organisations. 

Eleven new Australian Design Honourees

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.

Seed Stitch Collective

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.

Annie Ivanova

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

Funding awarded for contemporary jewellery tour

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.

International Museum Day at ADC

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.

Australian Ceramics Open Studios 2018

The Australian Design Centre is hosting a pop-up studio as part of the Australian Ceramics Open Studios 2018. 

First Nations Creative Producer

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. 

Annual Report 2017

ADC's Annual Report of activities in 2017 and a preview of what’s in store for 2018. 

London's Craft Film Festival

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.

In Conversation

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. 

In Conversation

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.

ADC Makers Market

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. 

Sydney Design Festival

Lisa Cahill, CEO and Artistic Director shares her top picks for the Sydney Design Festival 2018. 

In Conversation

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.

Spotlight on Indigenous Craft and Design

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.

Visible women across design and craft

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 + WORKSHOPPED

Australian Design Centre (ADC) and Workshopped are thrilled to announce that WORKSHOPPED18 will be exhibited by presenting partner ADC this year.

Talks and events

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. 

Alexi Freeman, Tessa Blazey and Jane Burton

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.   

Funding success for ADC

We are delighted to announce that two major project grants have been awarded to Australia Design Centre for projects commencing in 2018.

Makers Lane

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.

In Conversation

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.

Green Asylum on tour

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.

Meet the installer

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.  

Object Subject Wrap Up

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

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.

Sydney Culture Network

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.

Sydney Craft Week 2017

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 Honours

Australian Design Centre is delighted to announce eight new Australian Design Honourees for their extensive contributions to craft and design in Australia.

In Conversation

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?"

In Conversation

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. 

DESIGN Canberra Festival

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. 

In Conversation

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.

World Design Capital

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.

ADC Mentoring Awards 2017

Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s ADC Mentoring Award at the UTS Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building. 

Sydney Craft Week Events at ADC

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.

Ready to tour

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.

In Conversation

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. 

In Conversation

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 the installer

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.

Emma Elizabeth

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.

Hannah Smyth

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.

Lilian Hambling

Congratulations to Lilian Hambling, recipient of the 2017 Good Design Awards, ‘Young Australian Design Award of the Year’.

Karina Glasby

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

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.

Women in Design

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

The Milan Report

Three freelance journalists hightail it to Milan Design Week to give us their take on global design innovations in The Milan Report.

Annual Report 2016

We're pleased to present ADC's Annual Report for 2016 which includes a preview of key projects in 2017.

HANDMADE: back to where we started?

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’.

Frank Howarth

"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."

Merryn Spencer

"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."

Maisy Stapleton

"My life in an arts and cultural environment has given enormous satisfaction, fulfilment and enjoyment … I’m pleased to give back to it."

In Conversation

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: Workshops and Events

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.

In Conversation

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 Conversation

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.

Phil Ferguson

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.

Greg Clarke

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.

Anna Kellerman

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.

Adorned:Makers Market

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

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.

In Conversation

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.

Funding success for ADC Touring Exhibitions

The Australian Design Centre (ADC), one of Australia’s leading centres supporting contemporary craft and design, today announced two major funding grants.

Exhibition Research

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.

UNSW Built Environment

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.

Primary School workshop

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.

Clay: Contemporary Ceramic Artisans

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.

Lucy Simpson in conversation

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.

Design and Indigenous Australia

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.

Vale Klaus Moje

It is with great sadness that we farewell Klaus Moje, celebrated artist and founder of Australian National University Glass Workshop.

Indigenous Design: Talks and events

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.

Tania Rollond

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.

Natalie Rosin

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 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.

Design Emergency at WORKSHOPPED 16

Australian Design Centre is holding two Design Emergency workshops on Saturday 6 and 13 August at SupaCenta, Moore Park in partnership with WORKSHOPPED 16.

Vale Robert Foster

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.

Lucy Simpson

Indigenous Design Mentorship recipient Lucy Simpson reflects on the role of design in her life.

Aboriginal Women Forging a New Design Identity

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: Programs and Events

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.

Cultural Jewels acquired by QVMAG

Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels, national touring exhibition, has recently been acquired by the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston.

Design for good with Egg Picnic

Penny Craswell from The Design Writer shares a blog she has written about Egg Picnic, a Sydney-based design duo devoted to wildlife conservation.

Bright Young Minds at ADC

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.

The 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

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.

Nicole Monks new furniture

Arts NSW 2016 Indigenous Design Mentorship Nicole Monks writes about her range of furniture inspired by the kangaroo.

Interview with designer Ryan Pennings

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.

Art changes lives

Independent artists and organisations are the backbone of arts in Australia, generating new ideas and new talent. Artists are the innovators of our nation.

Nicole Monks new exhibition

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.

ADC One Year On

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!

Funding decision cuts deep into design

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.

New Design Emergency furniture

ADC’s Design Emergency education program for children encourages the development of critical design thinking skills using creativity, collaboration and play.

Shapeshifters: 3D Printing and CAD Workshops

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.

Nicole Monks

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.

Lucy Simpson

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.

Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future

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.

Only three weeks until Shapeshifters opens in Sydney

After launching at Western Plains Cultural Centre, we're looking forward to bringing Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future to Sydney in May.

Workshop: Co-designing Wearable Health Technologies with Leah Heiss and Katherine Bond

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.

Research into the power of making

We are excited to announce the acquisition of a major research grant to develop a new touring exhibition about making in Australia.

CEO & Creative Director Steven Pozel leaves 16-year legacy

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.

Lyn & Tony feature at Art Month

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.

Cloth: From Seeds to Bloom at Gosford

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.

Rebranding Design: Lisa Cahill chats to ArtsHub about change

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 'Stands Apart' with ADC rebrand

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!

Eggpicnic secure City of Sydney Creative Residency

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.

Hagerty & Foster open in Sydney

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.

Lola wins Best Visual Art & Design at Adelaide Fringe

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!

Shapeshifters opens at Dubbo

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.

The School of Life returns to Sydney in 2016

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 opens at the Australian Design Centre

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.

Remembering Paul Pholeros

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 Gold Club, Adorned Edition

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: The Year in Reflection

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.

Lyn & Tony team up with Romance Was Born

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.