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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  • Graduating Exhibition 23 Nov-2 Dec

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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


Upcoming events

Past events

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: 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

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

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

Creative Careers 2018

Richard Whiteley

6 Nov 2018

Interested in a sustainable and successful creative career? Join several leading Canberra creatives as they share tips and tricks for pursuing satisfying careers in design. For everyone of all ages, adults and students. Back for the third year in a row, this is an opportunity for all Canberrans... read more

Exhibition Opening: The Void

25 Oct 2018

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 been invited to respond to, or reimagine,... read more

Mood shifts

24 Oct 2018

This exhibition by ANU School of Art and Design alumna Debra Jurss explores the flow and movement of our emotions, and the strong positive impact that landscape has on them, whether that impact is restorative, inspiring, overwhelming, calming, soothing or healing. Mood shifts will contain new work... read more

Placemakers: Craft ACT Members' Exhibition

6 Sep 2018

ANU School of Art and Design staff, students and alumni feature in the annual Craft ACT Members’ Exhibition. The annual curated members’ exhibition showcases trends in contemporary craft and design and represents the work of Craft ACT’d Accredited Professional Members and Associate Members... read more
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