Expressions of Interest due 23 April

Australian Design Centre (ADC) and WORKSHOPPED are calling for expressions of interest from designers to take part in WORKSHOPPED18. Submissions close 23 April 2018.

WORKSHOPPED is a mentor for industrial designers and manufacturer of Australian furniture, lighting and homewares. This year Workshopped collaborates with ADC, a leading force in Australian design curation and the development of exhibitions and events for broad audiences, to bring you this showcase of new design.

We are looking for the very best in new design, design that is innovative, sustainable or enduring, that explores new concepts, materials or processes, that is intelligent, considered and fit for purpose.

WORKSHOPPED18 is an outstanding opportunity for designers to showcase their work in a dynamic exhibition hosted at ADC’s William Street gallery in Sydney.

Join the long list of renowned WORKSHOPPED alumni including; Simon Ancher, Karina Clarke, Adam Cornish, Jon Goulder, Dale Hardiman, Trent Jansen, Andrew Simpson and Kate Stokes.

Submissions to WORKSHOPPED18, are open to all Australian industrial, furniture, lighting and object designers, emerging and established.

WORKSHOPPED18, the exhibition, opens to the public on 21 June 2018, with a full program of events including design awards for exhibitors.

23 April 2018

   Submissions close

2 May 2018

   Applicants notified and invoice payment due in 30 days

11 June 2018

   Products delivered to ADC, Sydney

14-20 June 2018


21 June 2018

   Opening Night

21 June – 25 July

   Exhibition at ADC

26-27 July 2018

   Products collected


The Design Brief 

Does your design demand attention and is it fit for purpose? 

Does the chair, table, lamp, rug or tableware set do what you’d hoped it would? Is it comfortable, functional, do you smile when you look at it? Is it unique, sustainable, innovative or enduring – what is its point of difference? 

Are you ready to take the next steps toward production or are you looking to test your market?

WORKSHOPPED18 submissions need to describe:

  • Design intent; why and how the design came about
  • Design innovation; what sets this design apart from others like it
  • Design description; materials, dimensions and construction
  • Production; outline the manufacturing/production processes, including production volume
  • Market; define the potential market 

A Work/s is either one work or one series of works that is part of a set or family of works. Maximum of two Work/s are permitted per designer.

Categories and Awards

The exhibition will include the shortlisted designs across lighting, furniture and objects, along with a full program of events and a select number of awards for presentation.

Applicant categories include:

  • Emerging designers – under five years of practice
  • Established designers – over five years of practice

Entry is free but shortlisted applicants will contribute a $275 ($250 + GST) fee towards exhibition production.

Exhibitors may be required to freight their works to and from ADC, and be available for installation if required. 

Apply Now

Complete the submission form below by 23 April 2018 to be considered.

About WORKSHOPPED and Australian Design Centre 

The annual WORKSHOPPED exhibition has presented the work of over 450 Australian designers through 17 exhibitions and been viewed by over 650,000 people. The exhibition is a platform for emerging and established product, furniture and lighting designers.

Established in 1964, Australian Design Centre (ADC) is one of Australia’s most innovative arts organisations. ADC is a not-for-profit organisation that creates opportunities for people to engage with design, craft and creativity through dynamic and high-quality touring exhibitions, publishing, digital and educational activities.

Workshopped and ADC logo

Image: Shapes and colours, pink with wood, Photo: We Are MAD