Photo close up of two hands bound in bright lime green coloured rope.

Unravelling Queerly

4 February – 22 March 2023

Unravelling Queerly highlights raw and real struggles, resilience, humour and accomplishments through the work of 10 nationally and internationally based LGBTQIA+ artists. The exhibition includes works ranging from knitted protest banners to macrame glory holes.

Presented in association with Sydney WorldPride.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.

Phil Ferguson aka artist Chili Philly wearing one of his crochet headwear creations, a banana

Object Space

Chili Philly: Crochet Social 2023

4 February – 22  March 2023

Working at the nexus of art, craft and social media, Phil Ferguson, aka Chili Philly transforms everyday objects into covetable crocheted creations.

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. 

Photo of four women holding up woven sculptures on a red dirt road in Central Australia

Mutukaku Ngura – Motorcar Country

30 March – 24 May 2023

In this new exhibition, Tjanpi Desert Weavers ingeniously combine cultural weaving practices with recycling found objects in a series of hanging fibre sculptures created by weaving native grass onto the metal car seat frames salvaged from the remains of burnt-out motorcars.

Artists: Ngilan Margaret Dodd, Pinuka Margaret Yai Yai, Kim Dodd, Kayla Gayla, Amy Yilpi, Bridget Baker, Fiona Dodd, Collette Stewart, Kathy Dodd.

This is a special ADC collaboration with Tjanpi Desert Weavers.

Weaving matter: materials and context

30 March–24 May 2023

Contemporary weavers exploring diverse concepts through experimentation with materials and weave structures to create innovative and contemporary stories.


6 October – 22 November 2023

Australian Design Centre presents a major new national craft and innovation award in 2023 and 2025. The MAKE AWARD is a biennial award open to creative practitioners (artists, craftspeople, designers) working across all craft disciplines including ceramics, glass, wood, metalwork, textiles and fibre and jewellery.

The Award will feature creative practitioners working with new materials or using materials in new and innovative ways with a prize pool of $45,000.

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.