NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Australian Design Centre is celebrating NAIDOC WEEK (7 – 14 July) with a range of exhibitions and activities. 2019 is also the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Gadigal Mural  

Gadigal Mural is a new public artwork produced by Australian Design Centre for the City of Sydney’s Art and About program.

‘Gadigal’ acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands where the mural and Australian Design Centre are located. Featuring the words ‘bangawarra’ meaning ‘make’ or ‘do’ in Gadigal language.   

Taking inspiration from rock engravings, historical objects and tools found on local sites, the mural extends knowledge and celebrates Aboriginal culture and Australian Design Centre as a contemporary place of making.

Gadigal Mural is located in Barnett Lane, Darlinghurst.  

To celebrate the mural project the banner poles along William St from Hyde Park corner to Kings Cross feature the Gadigal Mural. 

Read more about Gadigal Mural here


Object Space

During NAIDOC Week, ADC will also present an exhibition curated by First Nations Creative Producer Dennis Golding in the Object Space gallery on William St. The exhibition will invite audiences to experience the mural in Barnett Lane.

Explore Object Space here


Gadigal Mural: 3D Printing Workshops for children aged 9 - 13 years

To celebrate NAIDOC Week children aged 9 - 13 years are invited to join a full-day workshop to learn how to design and make tools using 3D printing. After an introductory morning session discussing the Gadigal Mural with First Nations designers Jason Wing and Dennis Goldingparticipants will sketch their own designs and Modfab will teach them how to 3D model in CAD, the design software, and print some designs to take home.

What: 3D Printing Workshops with Modfab
When: 9am - 5pm, Tuesday 9 July OR Wednesday 10 July
Where: Australian Design Centre, 113-115 William St, Darlinghurst
Who: 9 - 13 years olds, 10 places in each session
Cost: $30, bookings essential 
What to bring: morning and afternoon tea, lunch, drink bottle of water
Book here

Find out more about NAIDOC WEEK here

Thanks to Mikey and the team from Digital Storytellers for producing this film about Gadigal Mural. 


Image: Gadigal Mural with designers Jason Wing and Dennis Golding. Photo: City of Sydney.