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DESIGN Canberra is on now!

DESIGN Canberra is running until 20 November with a program of talks, tours, exhibitions, installations, workshops… and so much more!

DESIGN Canberra is on now!

Home Life: Emanuele Magini, Anish, 2018, Campeggi, photo Courtesy of Campeggi.

Featuring 250 plus events responding to the theme of Transformation, this year’s program includes talks, tours, exhibitions, art installations, workshops and symposiums covering topics from architecture and interior design to public art and mental well-being.

Partnering this year with the Forage Festival, Jodie Cunningham, CEO and artistic director, Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre says: “Design is in everything, including food and music and good design is so abundant in Canberra. The creative energy and generosity in this town is palpable and we can’t wait to share it with the community. Our line-up of exhibitions is world class, showcasing the best in contemporary Australian and Italian design.’’

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Dove Tail: Chelsea Lemon, Husk Box #5, 2022, photo courtesy of the artist.

This year’s exhibitions are deliberately diversified to including architecture, interior design, metalwork and digital media from local, national and international contributors.

Concurrently, Forage Festival will present a food and entertainment program, including culinary and musical attractions. Known for its unique events, Forage has previously won Out in Canberra’s People’s Choice Award for Canberra’s favourite small event/ festival. The program will feature 20 plus local vendors including Let’s Do Yum Cha, Super Bao and Hungry Brown Cow Burgers, Canberra Distillery, Skeehan Brothers roving Sangria Cart.

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Home Life: Maddalena Casadei, Accanta, Side Table Collection, 2021, made by Falegnameria Pisu for Pretziada, photo courtesy of Pretziada.

Craft ACT Craft and Design Centre will present three exhibitions, running until 10 Dec: the Robert F!NK National Metal Prize, Home Life and the Seeing Seventies Photography Competition. This year will see Craft ACT present the inaugural Robert Foster F!nk National Metal Prize. Celebrating outstanding work in contemporary metal working by established and emerging designers and craftspeople, the prize recognises exceptional skill and innovative design, with ten finalists’ works displayed at the exhibition.

In collaboration with the Embassy of Italy, Home Life will showcases contemporary interior design. Working with the IMF Foundation in Rome, and curated by Elisabetta Pisu, ‘Home Life’, posits how houses will evolve in the future and how well selected design objects can enhance our lives.

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F!nk Prize: Lindy McSwan, Vessels, 2022, photo courtesy of artist.

The Seeing Seventies photography competition will comprise an exhibition of 80 Canberra region photographers looking at Canberra’s iconic design and architecture through the lens of “Design in the 70s”.

Shadow Lines showcases the work of Sarah Annand (OAT Studio), encompassing photography, painting and textile design to portrait Canberra’s defining 1970s architectural icons.

CTRL.ALT.DESIGN exhibition features University of Canberra students’ works from the disciplines of Architecture, Digital Media, Industrial Design, Interaction Design, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Visual Communication.

Seeing 70s: Underneath the Stairwell, Callum Offices, photography by Cathy Breen.

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