With the generous support of the Gordon Darling Foundation, ADC has created a full-length catalogue for Obsessed: Compelled to make – a made object that has many layers of making within its covers.
Edited by Lisa Cahill and Penny Craswell, the catalogue features full-length interviews with all 14 artists in the show, as well as sumptuous photography by Angus Lee Forbes, with additional photography by Jules Boag and Peter Whyte. Essays exploring making are by Penny Craswell and Stephen Goddard, and a poem by Sarah Rice titled You – Matter, commissioned by ADC and Red Room Poetry, is a response to the artists’ works. The catalogue was designed by Michael Donohue and the Obsessed: Compelled to make project is art directed and designed by Stephen Goddard.
CEO and Artistic Director, Australian Design Centre
Lisa Cahill has held several senior roles in government and the design sector. Prior to joining the Design Centre as Associate Director in 2015, she was the CEO of the Australian Design Alliance. Her various government roles include ministerial adviser, SBS, the Australia Council for the Arts and the City of Sydney. She was also research manager for the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies. Working variously as a curator, writer and creative producer in the visual and performing arts, Lisa co-curated the Australian exhibition for the Triennale of Craft in Kanazawa, Japan in 2013 and New Weave: Contemporary Approaches to the Traditions of Weaving for Object (now Australian Design Centre) in 2014. Lisa completed a Bachelor of Communications in Professional Writing at the University of Canberra and a Masters of Arts Administration from the University of New South Wales. Currently Lisa is co-chair of the Australian Craft and Design Centre Network and is a member of the Interim Council of the Sydney Culture Network.
Creative Strategy Associate, Australian Design Centre
Penny Craswell is a Sydney-based writer with a specialisation in design and architecture. She is the Founder of The Design Writer blog and contributes to design magazines worldwide. A former Editor of Artichoke magazine, Penny has held editorial roles at Indesign and Frame magazines, and communications roles at architecture studios including Woods Bagot. She has contributed to three books: Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design, Steel: Art Design Architecture and Glass: Art Design Architecture. Penny recently completed a Masters in Design at UNSW Art & Design for which she received the 2017 Dean’s Award for Research Excellence.
Art director, print catalogue
Michael Donohue is a multi-award winning creative director/ designer/writer who has twice won the book cover of the year awards for the Australian Publishers Association and an AGDA distinction award for catalogue design. Michael has over 25 years’ experience working in the creative industries, across many disciplines including creative strategy, design and brand activation. For over five years, he was Head of Design at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. He is one of the founding directors of the creative agency Amplifier.
Michael currently teaches contemporary typography and design at UNSW and has a Masters degree in Fine Art (Research), specialising in sculpture and public art. Michael was recently published in the New Philosopher magazine and contributed a series of (online) playlists for the same publication entitled Resonance: Life amplified by music.
ANGUS LEE FORBES
Filmmaker and photographer
Angus Lee Forbes is a film and TV director who began his career at SBS in news and documentary. Angus has a directing style that brings various aspects of production together and over the past 10 years has honed his skills as a director, editor, audio engineer, animator, motion graphics designer, graphic designer, and more. He is always pushing the boundaries of how we see and tell stories, traversing mediums to connect and engage with audiences. Angus creates powerful and imaginative commercials, music videos, and documentaries and his work has been recognised at Cannes, London International, AWARD, TED, among others.
Art director and exhibition designer
Stephen is a multi-disciplinary designer, design lecturer, and Creative Director of Project Two. His work spans publication, interpretation and exhibition design, for which he has won many awards. Goddard has curated a number of exhibitions including I Spy (2013) and Happyness (2016) and recently exhibited works in Book Club (2017), all in collaboration with Meryl Ryan at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Significant recent design projects include WOOD, GLASS, and STEEL for JamFactory, Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels for Australian Design Centre, and book and brand design for The Pool, Australia’s exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Goddard is an Associate Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design, where he is currently undertaking a Master of Design (Research).
Dr Sarah Rice is a poet, art-theorist, and visual artist. She is an affiliate of the ANU School of Art, specialising in practice-led research for craft and design. She holds a PhD in Philosophy, and a graduate diploma in Visual Art. Sarah trained in ceramics and drawing, makes visual art in response to poetry and visa versa, runs ‘ekphrastic’ art/ poetry workshops for national and regional art institutions, and collaborates with artists across media. Her limited-edition art-book of poetry Those Who Travel (prints Patsy Payne, Ampersand Duck) is held in the permanent collection of the NGA and other institutions, and her full-length poetry collection Fingertip of the Tongue was recently published with UWAP. Sarah won the inaugural Ron Pretty poetry prize, the Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize, and co-won the International Writing Ventures and Gwen Harwood Poetry Prizes and has been shortlisted in numerous national and international writing competitions. Publications include the Global Poetry Anthology, Award Winning Australian Writing, Best Australian Poetry, Long Glances: A Snapshot of new Australian Poetry, The House is Not Quiet and the World is Not Calm: Poetry from Canberra, Island, Southerly, Aesthetica, ABR, The New Guard, Australian Poetry Journal.
RED ROOM POETRY
Red Room Poetry’s mission is to make poetry a meaningful part of everyday life. We create poetic projects and learning programs in collaboration with a spectrum of poets, schools, communities and partners for positive social impact. Our mission is to make poetry accessible to all, especially those who face the greatest barriers to creative opportunities.
Image: Obsessed: Compelled to make catalogue printers proofs, 2018.