28 September – 22 November 2023

Australian Design Centre presents this major new national award celebrating innovation in contemporary craft and design. Works were submitted by Australian designer makers demonstrating innovation in technique or material use, and the 30 pre-selected finalists form this exciting exhibition.

The winner of the MAKE Award will receive a cash prize of $35,000 with a second prize of $10,000, making it the richest non-acquisitive prize for craft and design in Australia.

Deep Material Energy II


5 October – 22 November 2023

Eight makers from Australia and New Zealand explore materiality in contemporary jewellery, body adornment, and objects.

A close up detail of coiled and woven vintage blankets that form the crusty clay pans of Kati Thanda

Object Space

Lynn Pavey: Febrile Momentum

3 August – 21 September 2023

Febrile Momentum (2023), in its three-dimensional intricacy, echoes the forms found across Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre, Australia's largest salt lake; from crusty clay pans in stunning earthy hues.

Remade-Reloved 2023


5 October – 22 November 2023

Curated by Bridget Kennedy for Australian Design Centre, this group installation features 12 makers who have repurposed costume jewellery and other found objects into new pieces.

Events and workshops

A great range of events coming up to keep you inspired. Grab a friend and come into the Centre for workshops, talks and inspiration. 

Ngalama Gundhu Ngura (Sitting Tree Place)

Ngalama Gundhu Ngura (Sitting Tree Place) is an urban resting place for community to meet and reflect on local culture.

ADC's forecourt garden beds have been re-designed, landscaped and revitalised with Indigenous plants and a bench designed to reflect the patterns of the land in the Gadigal Mural, supported by a My Community Project grant, proudly funded by the NSW Government.

Gadigal Mural detail 2019_Photo ADC

Gadigal Mural

Gadigal Mural, designed by Sydney artist Jason Wing, with ADC's First Nations Creative Producers Dennis Golding and Lucy Simpson is a collaborative artwork referencing both the topographical patterning and material culture of Gadigal country.