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.

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.