A close up detail of a fine linen napkin embroidered with the statement, 'I'm still normal'

Object Space

Dinner Table Syndrome

9 August - 28 September

Sue Jo Wright is a Sydney-based artist using textiles to explore the concept of ‘Dinner Table Syndrome’, a term used to describe the alienation deaf and hard-of-hearing people experience every day at important social gatherings — such as at the dining table.

Profile: Contemporary Jewellery and Object Award

9 August - 28 September 2022

A diverse group of 73 national and international contemporary jewellers and object designers have been shortlisted for exhibition. Their work considers concepts from the personal to topical, crafted across a wide material range from precious gold to plastic waste.

Presented in partnership with Jewellery and Metalsmiths Group of Australia – NSW.

Photo in black and white of a wooden poles on a metal trolley with wheels.

External Review | Tom Fereday in collaboration with AHEC

14 - 24 September 2022

External Review is an explorative exhibition by Australian designer Tom Fereday which follows and celebrates the entire design process from materials to product. Presented by the Australian Design Centre in collaboration with Evostyle, Swiss Design and the American Hardwood Export Council, as part of Sydney Design Week.

Sydney Craft Week

7 – 16 October 2022

Celebrating creativity and community, Sydney Craft Week is the city’s only festival dedicated to making by hand. Vibrant events range from large-scale exhibitions to one-off workshops, encompassing the breadth and power of craft.

Image: Virtual Atelier, Jewellery Making at Home. Photo: SquarePeg Studios.

FUSE Glass Prize

7 October –16 November 2022

Presented in partnership with the JamFactory, FUSE Glass Prize 2022 is Australasia’s foremost prize for Australian and New Zealand glass artists.

Image: Matthew Curtis, Margin, 2022. Photo: Rob Little.

Brenda Livermore, Arise, 2020, Photo, Merlin Blu

APPLY NOW - Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Award

Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Award highlights the ideas, materials and processes explored by textile and fibrecraft artists based in NSW and ACT. Diverse themes feature in this biannual exhibition and award, ranging from waste materials to AI and the pandemic. Applications close 15 August.

Exhibition dates: 7 October –16 November 2022

Image: Brenda Livermore, Arise, 2020 Photo: Merlin Blu

Object: stories of design and craft podcast

We all have objects in our lives. Some are functional, some decorative and many hold memories of important places and people. Who makes these things and why? This new podcast delves into the stories of creative Australians and the objects they make.

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. 

Liane Rossler, Design Isolate, booklet page (detail), 2020

Design | Isolate

Object Digital

60+ designers/creative thinkers document their thoughts on Covid-19, isolation, what ‘a new normal’ Australia might look like in a handmade journal with sketches, diagrams, collage and text. 

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.