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.

26 November - 27 January 2021

Patterns In-between is Bic Tieu’s self-examination as a Southeast Asian Australian woman living between two cultures. 

The objects' reflect the experiences of Bic’s identity and migration to Australia and the intercultural connections of a life lived between the eastern and western cultural spheres. 

Bic acknowledges the reality that exists ‘in-between’. This visual and material framework expresses her ongoing interest and belief in the value of the shared experience. Living between these cultures allows Bic to revel in the creative and metallurgical processes that inform her art and design practice.

This work draws on eastern cultural symbols and material practices fused with western traditions of design and presentation. The layered arrangement of the emblematic tea leaves and magnolias express the embodied complexities associated with identity.

These motifs have a deep historical association with Asia, connecting trade routes and metaphorically contribute to the layered considerations of migration. 

From the translation of visual symbolism through a method of deconstruction and alchemic processes, the final floral reference is transformed by metallurgical processes, revealing a language that is layered and connected. 

The design of the surface and basic geometry presents a tension and a dialogue for the Australian Southeast Asian diaspora, more importantly, it becomes an instrument for articulating cultures that exist ‘in-between’ cultural spaces. 

Image Top: Bic Tieu, Patterns In-between, Objects 1 & 2, Photo: Gavino Pilli 

Bic Tieu

About Bic Tieu

Bic Tieu is a designer and maker of contemporary craft, jewellery and objects, currently teaching at the University of New South Wales, Arts, Architecture & Design. 

Bic’s work draws on traditional and contemporary craft methods and technology. She is inspired by Asian art practices and sensibilities to communicate narratives around personal cross-cultural concepts of intercultural identity. She investigates these visual languages and esoteric ideas using design strategies creating new perspectives of contemporary object making and meanings. 

Bic’s recent practice used geographic mapping and graphic language exploring cultural identity and transnationalism to design architecturally sculptural objects and wearables for the hand and body.

Bic is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University with the Jewellery and Object workshop - School of Art & Design and would like to acknowledge funding support received for this work through the ANU EASS Patrons Higher Degree Research Award.

Image: Bic Tieu, portrait, 2020. Photo: courtesy of the artist

Connecting Cultures

9 October – 24 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. 

Gunybi Ganambarr

1 February - 3 April 2019

On display in Object Space is the work of acclaimed Yolngu artist Gunybi Ganambarr as part of the exhibition STEEL: art design architecture. 

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.