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. Designers and craftspeople are well placed to take a lead role in a range of critical issues including action on climate change, the politics of diversity and inclusion, the future of work at a time of increasing automation and the health and well-being of people, particularly as our community ages. Creative responses to these issues are twofold – on the one hand adding to public debate and on the other hand continuing the time-honoured contribution to artefact making and aesthetics. 

Below is our 2020 -2021 Creative Program and a selection of examples of the projects that we currently have in development for future programming.

“ADC plays an important role in the national cultural landscape as a champion for contemporary craft and design. Four Year Funding would enable ADC to plan with greater certainty and continue to build on the solid foundations rebuilt by excellent work in recent years.” Brian Parkes, CEO, JamFactory.

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Image: Mavis Ganambarr. Photo: Koskela

2020-2021 Creative Program

From ceramics to First Nations fibre arts, textiles to furniture, architecture to glass, in 2020, Australian Design Centre presents 17 exhibitions across the Centre’s three gallery spaces, featuring the work of 700 artists.

Mavis Ganambarr

Fibre artist and Datiwuy woman Mavis Ganambarr from the Matamata homelands, North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory has been selected as the tenth artist in the Australian Design Centres series Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft

Made / Worn

Celebrating diversity and inclusivity, Made / Worn: Australian Contemporary Jewellery includes the work of 22 artists working in contemporary jewellery in Australia today.

ADC On Tour

Touring has been central to our work for 50 years. Since the 1970s ADC has toured nationally and been at the forefront of providing regional Australia with access to cutting edge work and ideas and since 2006, more than 50% of our touring venues have been regionally based.