Design Canberra Festival

  • James Carpenter: Exclusive talk on 13 November

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  • ANU stars in Design Canberra

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  • Chelsea Lemon

    Chelsea Lemon: Design Canberra 2018 Designer-in-Residence

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  • Niko Dimitrijevic: 2018 Stephen Procter Fellow

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DESIGN Canberra is the national capital's annual festival celebrating the talents and locations of this city of design.

This year's festival runs from 5-25 November 2018 and will feature over 100 events - including highlights involving ANU School of Art and Design staff, students and alumni. 

DESIGN Canberra is the major outreach activity of Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, a not-for-profit membership-based organisation which supports artists, craft practitioners, designers and makers at every stage of their careers.

This year the ANU is proud to present internationally renowned architect James Carpenter, whose award winning work from Sydney to London to New York, blends light, art and public space. Catch his exclusive free talk on November 13. Book Now


Past events

Australian Institute of Architects Walking Tour

25 Nov 2018

Australian Institute of Architects Walking Tour: Subtle Geometries, Decisive Futures Strong architecture requires consideration of surface, structure, space, and above all spirit. Join ANU Heritage Advisor/Creative Director of Canberra Modern on a free walking tour of numerous wonderful... read more

Twined Baskets with Ruby Berry

Ruby Berry

24 Nov 2018

ANU School of Art and Design alumna Ruby Berry leads this workshop on the basketry technique of twining with hand waxed beeswaxed thread. Using a variety of hand-spun wool and waxed threads you will construct delicate palm sized vessels with focus on form and pattern. The tactile waxed thread... read more

ANU Graduation Show

23 Nov 2018

The achievements of ANU students are exhibited across the entire school and catalogued in the accompanying publication. The exhibition showcases the work of students completing undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs at the school, including Bachelor degrees with Honours, Graduate... read more

Ceramic Handbuilding with Girl Nomad Ceramics

Richilde Flavell

17 Nov 2018

Join ANU School of Art and Design alumna Richilde Flavell from Girl Nomad Ceramics in an afternoon exploring the tactile quality of clay. Feel the varying textures and see the range of colours available in a selection of clays. Make a collection of bowls using handbuilding techniques – bowls which... read more

Open Studio: Debra Jurss

17 Nov 2018

Debra Jurss is an artist who lives and works in Canberra. Glass is the primary material used in her practice, and she is focused on creating new ways to move the material in expressing emotion. Debra addresses the impact that natural environments have on our moods and emotions and her work is... read more

Open Studio: Workshop Level

17 Nov 2018

Workshop Level is a private glass studio where Jeremy Lepisto creates his individual artworks and constructs glass designs for other individuals, artists, designers and architects. The infrastructure of the studio allows Jeremy to fuse, texture, cast, bend, glue, grind and cut glass. Basic... read more

Crafted '18

17 Nov 2018

The diverse group of students from the ANU furniture workshop show case a new investigation into the practice of furniture as design and art, which will be displayed through this annual exhibition. The works are created throughout the year by all student members of the workshop from first years... read more

Exhibition Opening: Crafted '18

16 Nov 2018

The diverse group of students from the ANU furniture workshop show case a new investigation into the practice of furniture as design and art, which will be displayed through this annual exhibition. The works are created throughout the year by all student members of the workshop from first years... read more

Artist Floortalk: The Void

14 Nov 2018

The Void: Reimagining Enrico Taglietti ANU School of Art and Design luminaries Elliot Bastianon, Andres Caycedo, Sarit Cohen, Judi Elliott, Megan Hinton, Chelsea Lemon, Elizabeth Paterson, and Richard Whiteley are among the 15 outstanding craft practitioners and contemporary designers who have... read more

James Carpenter: Light in the Public Realm

James Carpenter

13 Nov 2018

Hear from James Carpenter, an internationally renowned architect/artist who has worked at the intersection of architecture, art, and design for nearly 50 years. This is his first visit to Canberra, which has been made possible by the ANU School of Art and Design. James graduated from the Rhode... read more

Festival Opening Party and Auction

10 Nov 2018

Eight alumni of the ANU School of Art and Design feature in the Design Canberra opening party and auction. The design auction party will celebrate the best of Canberra design and will launch the festival with an opening weekend party. Music, food, and local wines, local brews and spirits, hosted... read more

Parquetry Trivet & Coaster Set with Chelsea Lemon

Chelsea Lemon

10 Nov 2018

ANU School of Art and Design alumna Chelsea Lemon will lead this workshop on designing and creating your own coasters and trivets. The workshop will introduce you to the parquetry technique known as ‘Louis Cubes’, which have the diverse ability to be arranged into various eye-catching patterns... read more

Open Studio: Phoebe Porter

10 Nov 2018

Since 1998, contemporary jeweller Phoebe Porter has been developing her intimate knowledge of materials, process and craftsmanship. Often working with titanium, stainless steel and aluminium, she successfully combines industrial materials and processes with precious elements using her refined hand... read more

Open Studio: Tea in the Potter's Garden 2018

10 Nov 2018

Visit four open studios in a single location: go behind the scenes and watch eight craft, design and visual artists work with clay from sculpture to tableware, interior and exterior design. Seven of the featured makers are ANU School of Art and Design luminaries: Fran Romano, Jo Victoria, Andres... read more

James Carpenter in: The Visible City

9 Nov 2018

The Visible City: Week One The Visible City series brings together international, inspirational and sometimes radical perspectives with contemporary case studies in urban renewal. How can these new perspectives and recent case studies inform Canberra’s ambitious CBD renewal as it transitions... read more


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