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.

On display from from 26 March - 27 May 2020 is the exhibition In the Fire Zone: How to Cook a Knife by Dianne Beevers.

Following an Australian summer dominated by bushfires, Dianne Beevers’ HOW TO COOK A KNIFE reminds us that fire is still a valuable element. Both cooking and knifemaking share the medium of fire, a love of tools, and the food produced by both.

As part of her speculative design practice, Dianne reflects on what might happen if people learnt how to make their own domestic tools; the knife, fork, spoon, chopsticks, bowl and drinking vessels. This exhibition reveals her first accomplishments in knifemaking, two Damascus kitchen knives that are the outcome of two weekend workshops led by blacksmith, Nick Hackett. 

Fire is essential in knifemaking, whether forging metal for the blade with a traditional coke or contemporary gas fire. 

These knives represent a beginner’s journey in the field of knifemaking – a practice Dianne is keen to build on.

DIANNE BEEVERS

Currently Newcastle based, Dianne also often works in Melbourne, where teaching in jewellery, furniture design and public art supported her practice as a designer-maker following her fine art training in Newcastle. Transitioning from two to three dimensions is an underlying thread in her practice as Dianne pursued skills via masterclasses, an Advanced Diploma in Visual Arts - Furniture Design, and to follow a Masters in Art - Art in Public Space at RMIT University.

Dianne’s metalwork production includes wearable objects, jewellery, sculpture, blacksmithing, and most recently knifemaking - where utility is equally concerned with aesthetic, and the metal blade with the timber handle draws upon her earlier training with wood. Sustainability and recycling materials has been central to Dianne’s practice for two decades. She consciously limits her production to periodic one offs or small batches. Object drawing occurs post-production, rather than commencing with drafts. Dianne begins with the materials, designing and making.

An active exhibitor, Dianne’s most recent exhibitions (2019 -2020) include jewellery, objects and sculptures, for MasterMakers - RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Profile 19 (JMGA NSW) Australian Design Centre, Sydney and in Summer Exhibition at Newcastle’s Curve Gallery.

Dianne is the winner of the Australian Design Centre Award for Profile 19.

Image top: Dianne Beevers, Damascus Knife, 2019 Photo: Courtesy of the Artist

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.