Past exhibitions and events


Chili Philly

Chili Philly: Crochet Social, the first major solo exhibition of crochet wearable art by Melbourne-based artist Phil Ferguson.
2 February - 29 March

Annie Gobel

In our first collaboration with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art we are pleased to present Indonesian-born, Melbourne-based jeweller Annie Gobel. 2 February - 29 March 2017

Designing Bright Futures

Designing Bright Futures: Selected UNSW A&D Design Graduates is a satellite of the Annual 16 and an exhibition partnership between Australian Design Centre and UNSW Art & Design - a celebration of optimism, ideas and ambitions.

Indigenous Design

29 September - 23 November 2016

Australian Design Centre is delighted to present an exhibition of work by Nicole Monks and Lucy Simpson, the two recipients of the Arts NSW Indigenous Design Mentorship 2016.

Cloth: From Seeds to Bloom

Cloth: Seeds to Bloom traces 20 years of one of Australia's most influential textile designers and dynamic creative forces, Julie Paterson. Drawing inspiration from the Australian bush, British-born Paterson's stunning fabrics are a riot of colour, floral forms, and patterns.

Clay Intersections Clay Communities

ADC presents Clay Intersections: an exhibition exploring new and varied approaches to making and working with clay. Featuring the work of Bridget Bodenham, Cone 11's Colin Hopkins and Ilona Topolcsanyi, Helen Earl, Tania Rollond, Natalie Rosin, Ulrica Trulsson and Kenji Uranishi - experience a new generation of makers.

Co-Designing Wearable Health Technologies

Leah Heiss & hearing expert Elaine Saunders create an innovated co-design workshop to engage people with designing technologies for health and wellbeing.


CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade presents the future through five designers working on the cusp of what is possible.

Scented Intoxication: Reimagined

Following on from the success of 2015’s Scented Intoxication at Australian Design Centre, Lyn Balzer and Tony Perkins will launch a collection of their works at the Chippendale Creative Precinct to celebrate Art Month in March.


International textiles exhibition Migrations to open at the Australian Design Centre in January 2016, which explores the notion of textiles as carriers of multiple cultural influences.

Scented Intoxication

Known for their multi-disciplinary explorations of photography, object design and jewellery, Lyn Balzer and Tony Perkins will exhibit all disciplines of their work in one space at Australian Design Centre, launching October 2015.

Future Nature

In collaboration with the Australian Museum, Future Nature explores possible futures through the eyes of artists, designers and architects inspired by biology and the natural world. Mapping the collisions of art, science, and design, the exhibition explores the roots of scientific curiosity.

Eggpicnic & Justin Cawley

From 26 May at the Australian Design Centre, designers-in-residence, Eggpicinic and Justin Cawley will share their creative process with the public in the lead up to the exhibition launch. Over a three-month period, each designer has been visiting the Australian Museum and drawing inspiration from the priceless collections hidden within.

AD Honours

Recognising the leading lights of Australian designers, thinkers, and makers, the Australian Design Honours is a growing resource dedicated to promoting and advocating for Australian design on the world stage.

WOOD: art design architecture

The touring exhibition WOOD: art design architecture is making its way to Sydney ­appearing at ADC from 18 October until 29 November 2014. In celebration of our final program at St Margaret's ahead of our move into the William Street Creative Hub, the exhibition will be complemented by a stellar line ­up of public programs.

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade

CUSP features the work of twelve very different designers, each developing creative solutions to some of the big challenges we are facing today and into the next decade. Working at the edge of what is possible, these designers are exploring new and innovative territory in their practice.

Marie Hagerty & Robert Foster

Bringing together art and design in conceptual object-making form, Marie Hagerty and Robert Foster will be presenting their works in Sydney for the first time and we are proud to present them at our Australian Design Centre gallery as part of Art Month.