June and beyond

There is always something going on at ADC, pop in to get inspired soon. Follow our pages on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date. 

Free gallery tours
Make the most of your trip to the Australian Design Centre with our free daily exhibition tours. Our friendly gallery staff will introduce you to our current exhibitions, gallery space and Object Shop. 
Gallery Tour Times
Tuesdays, 2.30pm
Wednesdays, 11.30am
Thursdays, 2.30pm
Fridays, 11.30am
Saturdays, 11.30 and 2.30pm
The gallery tours are free but we appreciate if you can book using the link here

Exhibition: 21 June – 25 July 2018

Launch Party
Join us at the Australian Design Centre to celebrate the opening of WORKSHOPPED18.
When: Friday 22 June, 6-8pm
Where: Australian Design Centre
Free event however spaces are limited. RSVP to reserve your ticket. 

Designers' Tour, WORKSHOPPED18
Meet a selection of WORKSHOPPED18 designers and hear their stories of tackling production issues while creating designs that are covetable and functional. Designers will discuss the specifics of their own pieces in furniture, product or lighting design, whilst also engaging in a more general discussion about contemporary Australian design.
The event will be hosted by WORKSHOPPED Director Raymond Scott.
When: Saturday 23 June, 1-2pm
Where: Australian Design Centre
Free event. Please register your interest to attend here. 

Getting to Market – exploring the path to a commercially successful design practice 
Are you an emerging designer who is ready to produce your designs commercially? Have you considered how to protect your original creative concepts before venturing into the minefield of the competitive design market? Do you know how to negotiate a contract and most importantly, your fee? We’ll investigate the path leading from prototyping to intellectual property, contractual processes and onto how to deduce your net worth.
Featuring WORKSHOPPED Director, Raymond Scott; Kobe Johns, JP Finsbury Bespoke Joiners and a panel of industry experts, join us as we unpack how to become a commercially successful designer in today’s market.
When: Thursday 28 June, 6-8pm 
Where: Australian Design Centre 
Admission: $10 including a drink
Book here

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: 3D Printing workshops for kids
Many of today’s designers are using 3D printing to allow unparalleled scope in design exploration from prototyping to production. Students can explore this technology in our hands-on workshop led by Modfab, the first 3D Printing Technology business in Australia to create customised learning experiences for school students. One of the designers from our WORKSHOPPED18 exhibition, Michael Hoppe, will be joining in to chat about his practice and brainstorm potential designs. Inspired by Michael’s designs, everyone will get the opportunity to sketch, 3D model in CAD, and then print their own LED tealight to take home.
When: Fri 13 and Thurs 19 July, 9.30am-3.30pm
Where: Australian Design Centre
Admission: $30 Age: 9-12 
Maximum capacity: 10 participants per workshop
BYO food and drinks
Book here

Meet the Maker: Niki McDonald (Tapestry Girl)
Niki McDonald will be facilitating a ‘Design and Make Contemporary Needlepoint Tapestry’ workshop. Using traditional tools of domesticity, create a needlepoint in the style of Tapestry Girl’s urban sass aesthetic. Materials will be supplied.
Register now to do the 2hr free workshop - places are limited to 10. Or you are welcome to pop in anytime during the session to see needlepoint crafting in action. More information here.
When: Saturday 21 July, 1 - 3pm
Where: Australian Design Centre
Free event. Register to do the workshop, or just turn up if you want to watch on.

Unravelling Tapestry: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives
This tapestry forum will explore design, materials, techniques and cultural meaning, uncovering the practice of tapestry weaving and its place in contemporary textile arts as well as exploring the history of this rich artform. Bringing together the expertise of the Australian Tapestry Workshop with artists, makers and curators, this event will examine the practice of weaving with thread.
Antonia Syme: Director of the Australian Tapestry Workshop in Melbourne since 2009, Antonia Syme has many years of experience in the arts and cultural sector as a director, consultant, conservator and curator. Established in 1976, the Workshop enjoys an international reputation as a leader in contemporary tapestry, creating dynamic new works using one of civilisation’s oldest and richest art forms.

Janet Laurence is a leading Australian artist who, for more than 30 years, has explored the interconnection of the natural word – animal, plant, mineral – through her multi-disciplinary practice. Working across painting, sculpture, installation, photography and video, she has employed diverse materials to explore the natural world in all of its beauty and complexity, as well as the environmental challenges it faces today: the epoch of the Anthropocene. Janet worked with the Australian Tapestry Workshop on a new tapestry commission “Listen, to the Sound of Plants” in 2016.
Morning tea will be provided. Presentations start at 11.30am.
This forum runs alongside the exhibition “Painting with Thread: Samples and Tapestries from the Australian Tapestry Workshop”, Friday 3 August – Wednesday 26 September, Australian Design Centre, Sydney.
When: 4 August, 11am - 1pm
Where: ADC
Tickets: $25 plus booking fee
Book here

Image: ADC William St 2017. Photo Simon Cardwell.

Below: Modfab 3D Printing workshops.