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Five upcoming design events taking place across Australia

Five upcoming design events taking place across Australia


Recently on ADR, we’ve been talking a lot about upcoming design events across the country. So we’ve collated them into one article – truly a designer’s dream itinerary!

Today’s listicle is a spin on ADR‘s usual lookbooks, which typically cover a selection of projects that reflect a particular theme.

To cap off the week, take a look at some events taking place across Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra.

Open House Brisbane

The Princess Theatre by JDA Co. Photo: Scott Burrows.

Taking place this weekend on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August, Open House Brisbane will see up to 40 venues take part, including a number of never-before-seen buildings for visitors to discover.

The event gives visitors the chance to see how others live, work and play; look up, look inside, have a sticky beak and see the city from a different angle.

Take a look at some potential buildings to check out!

The Affordable Art Fair – Melbourne

Photo: Affordable Art Fair.

Following its Melbourne debut in 2019, the Affordable Art Fair has returned to Australian shores after a string of global exhibitions.

Featuring more than 40 Australian and international galleries, the Fair will showcase thousands of artworks from a mixture of emerging and established artists over four days from Thursday 1 until Sunday 4 September 2022.

Sydney Design Week

Ace Hotel Sydney entry. Photo: Ace Hotel.

Sydney Design Week 2022 is a seven-day extravaganza of exhibitions, talks, film screenings and workshops helmed by cultural institution Powerhouse Ultimo.

Taking place across Sydney’s design hubs from Thursday 15 to Thursday 22 September, the program titled Making Now is also presented with the support of principal partner Holdmark.

This year’s program examines the role of design across a range of disciplines, from industrial and interior design to graphics, scenography, restaurant design and more.

DESIGN Canberra Festival 2022

DESIGN Canberra, Lucy Irvine designer-in-residence launch, Thor’s Hammer. Photo: 5 Foot Photography.

Celebrating Canberra as a global city of design, DESIGN Canberra 2022 is presented by Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and explores the theme of ‘Transformation’.

From Wednesday 2 until Sunday 20 November, audiences are invited to speculate on how we might transform our city, our community and our world through design and creative practice.

Check out some highlights taking place in this year’s program.

NGV Spring/Summer season

NGV’s announcement of Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse, opening 11 December 2022 at NGV International, Melbourne. Photo: Kim Landy Getty.

After an action-packed winter of art exhibitions, live music and delicious food, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is set to keep the party going with its Spring/Summer Season.

Held across NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, the Summer/Spring Season will enliven the warmer months with an eclectic program of exhibitions, collections of displays, events and more.

Expect to see works from one of the late 20th century’s most acclaimed fashion designers, Alexander McQueen, the Rigg Design Prize, the NGV Architecture Commission and much more!

Discover NGV’s Spring/Summer season here.

Lead image photographed by Creed Photographic.

If you happen to be attending Sydney Design Week, make sure to visit Reviving Design Icons from Cult’s award-winning sustainability initiative, Cultivated.  The exhibition is a rare insight into the restoration process of one of the most iconic chairs in furniture history, a Fritz Hansen Series 7 chair.


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