Australian Design Centre in partnership with ArtsPeople presents a series of entertaining and informative lectures delivered by top experts in the field on design history and the forces and people who have shaped our contemporary world. Join other design lovers once a week for six weeks at the Centre in Darlinghurst to learn about the major design movements and how they are impact our understanding of design today.
Australian Design Centre and WORKSHOPPED are delighted to present the digital 21st edition of the design industry’s much anticipated annual program WORKSHOPPED21 - the very best in new Australian furniture lighting and object design by emerging and established designers.
Endangered + Extinct is an exhibition exploring the form and design of various buildings in Australia, through ceramic sculptures. These places are either under threat of demolition or no longer physically exist due to human intervention.
Signatures: the mark as the embodiment of identity and intent presents new works from Untethered Fibre Artists Inc. Eighteen New South Wales artists interrogate, interpret and respond to the theme ‘signatures’ in this interrelated exhibition.
The exhibition explores human brokenness through gestures of repair. Abandoned and collected objects are combined with felt, beeswax, honey and lead in Larkin’s artworks offering themselves up as intimate poetry of love, longing and loss.
Reflecting the importance of glass art to Australian craft and design, FUSE Glass Prize 2020, presented by Australian Design Centre in partnership with the JamFactory, is a non-acquisitive biennial prize for outstanding Australian and New Zealand glass artists.
Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Award 2020 is a biennial exhibition produced and presented by Australian Design Centre in partnership with the Seed Stitch Collective. This year the competition attracted 49 entries from NSW textile artists and the exhibition features outstanding work by the 25 finalists.
Australian Design Centre presents the 20th anniversary exhibition of the design industry’s much anticipated annual program WORKSHOPPED20 - the very best in new Australian design by emerging and established designers.
Acclaimed ceramicist Prue Venables is the ninth artist in the Australian Design Centres series Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft. Prue's sculptural artwork possess clarity, luminosity and a quiet beauty. The exhibition is an ADC On Tour national touring exhibition opening at fourteen locations across Australia from 2019 to 2022.
Clay Intersections presents the work of Bridget Bodenham, Cone 11's Colin Hopkins and Ilona Topolcsanyi, Helen Earl, Tania Rollond, Natalie Rosin, Ulrica Trulsson and Kenji Uranishi. The exhibition explores varied approaches to craft and the artists’ motivations and inspirations. The work has a strong relationship to the built or natural environment, sometimes as a contemplation and sometimes in a practical sense – enhancing to the way we live.
Response – Small Tapestries from the Australian Tapestry Workshop showcases a diverse range of interpretive responses by ATW studio weavers to designs by contemporary Australian artists including Arlene Textaqueen, Rhett D’Costa, Irene Barberis, Andrew Cooks, Judi Singleton and Jon Cattapan.
Island Welcome is a group exhibition exploring contemporary jewellery as a gesture of welcome. Inspired by the welcome garlands of many traditional island cultures, a group of contemporary jewellers have made a neckpiece, lei or garland interpreting the theme of welcome and considering current Australian immigration and refugee policy.
STEEL: art design architecture is a major JamFactory touring exhibition exploring innovative ways that steel is being used by artists, designers and architects in Australia in the 21st century. The exhibitors represent a broad range of approaches to working with steel – from fine, hand-crafted jewellery to high-tech research facilities.
Designing Bright Futures presents exciting new work by twelve emerging design practitioners. Spanning jewellery, textiles, graphics, object, interactive and spatial design these new designers consider social and environmental impacts and speak to their vision of what it means to be a designer today.
Sturt Gallery and Ernabella Arts present In These HANDS: Mara nyangangka, an exhibition of new paintings, ceramics, tjanpi weavings and punu from the artists of Ernabella, celebrating 70 years of Ernabella Arts.
The Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards 2018, presented by Australian Design Centre in partnership with the Seed Stitch Collective, attracted over 95 entries. The award is an open call-out to contemporary artists working with textiles across many genres.
Painting with Thread is an exhibition of recent tapestries and samples from the collection of the Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne (ATW). Founded in 1976, the ATW is recognised as an international leader in the production of hand-woven tapestries and is the only workshop of its kind in Australia.
What if 3D printing gave you the ability to design your own life? With clothes being printed from desktop computers and organs being manufactured in labs, this rapidly evolving technology continues to revolutionise design as we know it.
WORKSHOPPED18 showcases the very best in new Australian design by emerging and established designers. It follows the work of 40+ designers through concept, meaning, materiality, manufacture and resolution.
Made from materials and craftsmanship sourced solely from the ‘Chor Bazaar’ (thieves market) and ‘Kabari Bazaars’ (junk markets) in Mumbai, India, the works in this exhibition are the result of an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, collaborative project by Australian object designer Trent Jansen, artist/architect Richard Goodwin and Indian design thinker Ishan Khosla.
Interpretations V explores the material limits of paper (cellulose) – a challenging but incredibly rich material. Each designer has cut, folded, formed, stitched, moulded (as pulp) or laminated paper, transforming an everyday, inexpensive, two-dimensional material into a three-dimensional work of experimental design.
Future Artefacts is the culmination of a seven-year collaboration between conceptual designers Alexi Freeman and Tessa Blazey, and an unveiling of new collaborations with photographer Jane Burton, sculptor Kate Rohde, and composer Byron Meyer.
Designing Bright Futures surveys twelve selected Bachelor and Masters of Design students graduating from UNSW Art & Design in the disciplines of jewellery, textile, graphic, object, interactive and spatial design.
Stitchfield was designed by Elliat Rich and Claire Scorpo in collaboration for Design Tasmania, Women in Design 2016. The circular components, and the possibilities of endless formations celebrate the often undervalued ‘Knitting Circle’ and similar maker gatherings; sites of knowledge transfer, collaboration and innovation.
Renaissance engineer Professor Melissa Knothe Tate turns art and science on their heads. This transdisciplinary, interactive exhibition presents her multifunctional textiles and smart materials inspired by nature, tying together the fields of biotechnology and textile design on "The Cellular Catwalk."
The exhibition Bulay(i): Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Artists with Indigenous Jewellery Project features 40 Yolŋu jewellers from Buku-Larrnggay Mulka who participated in the workshops with the Indigenous Jewellery Project over 2016 and early 2017.
The exhibition FRACTURE: DIFFERENCES is a visual conversation between architectural photographer Shannon McGrath and digital craftsperson Marcus Piper that explores the interplay of light in abstract spatial environments.
Green Asylum is a large-scale experimental textile and video installation that blurs the boundaries between tapestry weaving and architecture, landscape and language by multi-disciplinary creative Charlotte Haywood.
During this year’s Milan Design Week LOCAL DESIGN transformed the historic Oratorio della Passione at Piazza Sant’Ambrogio into a strong stylish statement for a range of eleven Australian designers. On returning to Australia LOCAL DESIGN is showcasing LOCAL MILAN within the Australian Design Centre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From 26 May at the Australian Design Centre, designers-in-residence, Eggpicnic 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.
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.
Presented in collaboration with Workshopped, Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design brings to life the stories that a completed product does not reveal, taking you on the designer’s journey and allowing you to experience the process and act of design.
New Weave pushes the boundaries of the woven form: artists and designers re-appropriating traditional weaving techniques, using different materials to create intricate and striking wearables, objects and installations.
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.
Australian Design Centre was invited to curate the Australian inclusion at the 2nd International Triennale of Craft: The Arts - Grounded in Region at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan. 36 works of contemporary craft by 20 Indigenous Australian craft practitioners were selected to represent Australia.
A provocative and engaging exhibition of work by Australian artists using clay in unexpected and surprising ways, HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics highlights the versatility of this time-honoured material and, in doing so, re-imagines its possibilities.
Design Now! presents a selection of works by 18 outstanding university graduates across applied art and design courses nationwide. This exhibition features three impressive graduates in each of six new categories, representing the breadth and diversity of design education in Australian universities today.
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.