About DESIGN Canberra

The Festival

DESIGN Canberra celebrates and promotes Canberra as a global city of design.

From the time of Walter and Marion Griffin’s visionary design a century ago, to iconic experimental modernist architecture of the 1950s and 60s, through to contemporary and sustainable design developments today, Canberra has been – and will always be – a living design laboratory.

Throughout November 2017, over 100 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artist studios and open homes will be showcased as DESIGN Canberra, transforming the nation’s capital into a new platform for the best in design. The festival, now in its 4th year, is for all interests and ages and most events are free.

DESIGN Canberra 2016 – our biggest festival yet

As a city of design in the making, Canberra continually crafts new and better ways to live: the DESIGN Canberra festival collaborates internationally and demonstrates what makes Canberra such a uniquely creative and liveable city, the ideal site for an annual festival of design.

In 2016, over 69,000 people attended the festival, almost tripling previous attendance records. Last year’s festival (27 October – 25 November 2016) presented over 170 events including acclaimed exhibitions celebrating the best of Canberra’s design community and practice: Luminary: Remembering Robert Foster; and Reclaim. Festival special guests included installation artist Francis Sollano (Philippines), sustainable designer David Trubridge (New Zealand), design curator Giovanna Massoni (Belgium), award-winning architect Philip Vivian and urban renewal advocate Marcus Westbury.


Amplified by ever-increasing support from a creative network of local, national and international design and craft communities, together with corporate and government partners, DESIGN Canberra promotes design and craft, develops new and expanded audiences, forges marketplace connections and unexpected collaborations, and is a source of inspiration.

DESIGN Canberra is the major outreach activity for Craft ACT: Craft + Design centre — a not-for-profit membership based organisation which supports local artists, designers and makers at every stage of their careers. The festival is presented in collaboration with industry, associations and educational institutions committed to the design arts and creative industries in Canberra, including the Australian National University, University of Canberra, Australian Institute of Architects, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and the Australian Graphic Design Association.


Over 100 sponsors and supporters from the business, tertiary, cultural and industry sectors as well as the broader Canberra community helped to make the DESIGN Canberra festival a success.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre

We love craft and design

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is a not-for-profit membership based organisation which supports artists, craft practitioners, designers and makers at every stage of their careers. We promote and celebrate excellence and innovation in contemporary craft in everything we do – in our retail space, exhibitions, events and membership program.

The 2016 Team

Design Canberra + Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Staff

Rachael Coghlan, Artistic Director DESIGN Canberra and CEO, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre

Julian Hobba, Design Canberra Creative Producer

Mel George, Curator

Richilde Flavell, Membership

Gerald Jones, Retail Manager


2016 DESIGN Canberra Committee

Rohan Nicol, on behalf of Australian National University

Bronwen Jones, on behalf of Australian Institute of Architects, ACT Chapter

Lynne Goodyer, on behalf of Australian Graphic Design Association, ACT Chapter

Karina Harris, on behalf of Harris Hobbs Landscape Architects

Alison Jackson, on behalf of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Board

Stephen Cassidy, on behalf of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Board

Lisa Scharoun, on behalf of University of Canberra

Patrick Stein, independent designer and architect

2016 Partners

Special thanks Design Canberra 2016 partners and supporters:

Presented by: Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre

Platinum Partners: Rolfe Classic BMW; Home By Holly

Government Partners: ACT Government / CBR

Exclusive Accommodation Partners: Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport

Gold Partners: Australian National University; University of Canberra; In the City Canberra; Australian Institute of Architects; ACT Government Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate; ZOO Advertising and Design

Silver Partners: Frost Design; ActewAGL; actsmart; MMD Custom Design; KPMG

Supporters: Embassy of Belgium; Embassy of the Philippines; Cebu Pacific; Tiny’s Green Shed

Please see our partners page for more information.