Design Canberra Festival

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. 


Past events

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

Illuminated Spaces

1 Nov 2018

Illuminated Spaces is a survey show featuring artists whose work is informed by the tradition of architectural glass art, including stained glass. A number of glass artists with links to Canberra embrace contemporary techniques to create innovative artworks that engage with this tradition. Ideas... 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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