Object Space

William Street Window Gallery

Australian Design Centre plays a critical role in celebrating the work of Australian artists who embrace the highest degree of craftsmanship and who continually explore material, process and ideas to advance contemporary craft and design practice.

Object Space is a window gallery located in the window of the ADC Offices on William Street in Darlinghurst. The exhibition space has direct street frontage, is accessible to view 24 hours a day and is lit for viewing at night.

9 October – 17 November, 2020

Connecting Cultures showcases wearable collections from Indigenous Australian brand, Gillawarra Arts and Colombian brand, Mami Watta Collections, highlighting pieces crafted using ancient methods and materials.

Gillawarra Arts specialises in contemporary Aboriginal artwork and jewellery that embodies the memories, language and culture of the Worimi people. Gillawarra Arts is owned and operated by Krystal Hurst, a proud Worimi woman with ties to the Biripi. Krystal designs the jewellery herself and also paints and has been recognised nationally for her practice.

As part of Worimi philosophy, all materials for Gillawarra’s wearable and canvas art are sustainably sourced, and the pieces are made by Aboriginal artists. Krystal also facilitates workshops around Australia, including previous work in the prestigious Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATISAA), Craft ACT’s Emerging Contemporaries Exhibition and participant of the Indigenous Jewellery Project.

Mami Watta Collections collaborates with Latin American artisans specialising in traditional needle weave beading to create handmade pieces. Its founder Ana Maria Parada partners with the Embera Chami and Wayuu tribes of Colombia to bring their traditional crafts to Australia, and channel income back to these artisans to promote sustainable community lead development. Ana Maria herself is of Indigenous Colombian descent, and now lives in Sydney. She co-designs the collections herself and also runs beading workshops around Australia promoting the craft.

Ana Maria Parada and Krystal Hurst are both passionate about spotlighting Indigenous cultures, ways of creating and existing that extend beyond strictly western practices. Culture encompasses everything from adornment to community organisation. Mami Watta and Gillawarra exist at the intersection of those two practices. 

As part of Sydney Craft Week Festival 2020, the brands have joined forces to bring you an Indigenous fashion show, followed by a panel discussion where the makers and guest artists will share insights into their journey of healing art forms and discuss the continuing cultural value of adornment. 30% of profits donated to support the cause to stop black deaths in custody and you can learn more about the event and book here. 

Image top: Wearable Art, Gillawarra Arts, 2020, Photo: Jay Cronan

Image bottom: Embera Chami Beading, Mami Watta Collections, 2020, Photo: Gilbert Belbachir

Connecting Cultures

9 October – 17 November, 2020 

Connecting Cultures showcases wearable collections from Indigenous Australian brand, Gillawarra Arts and Colombian brand, Mami Watta Collections.

WORKSHOPPED20: Object Space

9 August - 30 September 2020 

On display, work by Alex Gilmour, WORKSHOPPED20 superstar.

The New Neighbours: Meredith Woolnough

09 June - 29 July 2020

On display in Object Space is the work The New Neighbours by Meredith Woolnough as a part of the exhibition Open House: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial.

In the Fire Zone: How to Cook a Knife

26 March - 27 May 2020

Designer-maker, contemporary jeweller and winner of the Australian Design Centre Award for Profile 19, Dianne Beevers investigates what might happen if people learn how to make their own domestic tools. This exhibition reveals her first accomplishments in knifemaking showing two Damascus kitchen knives.

Sweet Spot: Julie Paterson

31 January - 18 March 2020

Sweet Spot is a collection of stencil symbols and the marks that they make. In this work Julie Paterson cross pollinates her multidimensional practice as a designer, painter and printmaker. The collection of symbols, originally part of landscape paintings, create a library of shapes that leap from the canvas.

Bright Start

21 November 2019 - 22 January 2020

Bright Start features the work of first year students of the Bachelor of Design Degree and is part of the Designing Bright Futures exhibition program produced by Australian Design Centre in partnership with UNSW Art & Design. 

Intergradation: Taerim Claire Jeon

3 October - 13 November 2019

Intergradation is an exhibition of the Jogakbo (Traditional Korean patchwork) work of a Sydney based artist Taerim Claire Jeon. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Korean Cultural Centre, Australia. 

Gadigal Mural Exhibition

2 July - 13 August 2019

Gadigal Mural is an Object Space exhibition, celebrating NAIDOC 2019 and the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Language. 

Jane Theau

 1 August – 25 September 2019

Just shopping, always shopping is one of a series of large-scale lace drawings depicting people in unexceptional, everyday moments

Stephen Goddard

28 May - 26 June 2019

Welcome. by Stephen Goddard explores typographical design, punctation and meaning in street signage.

How do you read the sign? If you trespass will you be prosecuted, or that no trespassing violators will be prosecuted and should be allowed to stay?  

Suzanne McRae

11 April - 26 May 2019

Suzanne McRae's work is immersed in sentimentality and the haunting nature of memory. These once cherished creatures, inhabitants of the past, live on today. 

Dennis Golding

22 November 2018 - 23 January 2019

Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay artist Dennis Golding exhibits one of his newest superhero capes titled My Cape, which empowers human and posthuman experiences of being on country. 

Dorothy Filshie

5 October - 14 November

Fish Out of Water is an exhibition of the textile object work of NSW artist Dorothy Filshie.

Fish prices: extra large $142, large $126, medium $79, small/fishbones/starfish/barnacles $47

Esme Timbery: Shellwork

2 August - 3 October

The iconic artworks, Untitled 'Sydney Opera House' and Untitled 'Harbour Bridge' by Bidjigal artist and elder Esme Timbery celebrate the important shellwork tradition of the La Perouse community and Timbery's contemporary practice. 

Euphemia Bostock

21 June - 29 July

Fashion Collection 1987 by artist Euphemia Bostock is a collection of handprinted garments featuring original designs created for the 1987 Au Printemps Department Store exhibition ‘Australis down under’ in Paris.

Vita Cochran

5 April - 22 May 2018

Textile artist Vita Cochran embraces bold colour and geometric designs through her hand-embroidered handbags and applique hangings. 

Play Up

8 February - 24 March 2018

This project involved the making of objects to support humour therapy in dementia care and was a collaboration between Tasman Munro, a social designer interested in creating objects that bring life to communities and Jean-Paul Bell, a humourmanitarian with a long history in the arts and health industry. 

Gunjan Aylawadi

6 October – 15 October 2017

Sydney-based paper artist Gunjan Aylawadi presents HAKK, a large-scale, intricate paper installation.

Adam Cornish

23 November 2017 - 31 January 2018

Adam Cornish's Trinity Collection is based on the nautilus shell and was the first project he designed for Alessi.