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Sell Out, 2017 Design. Party. Auction. Photo: 5 Foot Photography
Sell Out, 2017 Design. Party. Auction. Photo: 5 Foot Photography
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Utopia: Design. Auction. Party.

Anna Gianakis | Daniel Leone | DesignByThem | Estelle Briedis | Endure Designs | Gilbert Riedelbauch | Girl Nomad Ceramics | Kenny Son | Kristina Neumann | Krystal Hurst | Lisa Cahill | Mel Douglas | Phoebe Porter | Thor Diesendorf + Dan Lorrimer | Tom Skeehan | René Linssen | Rolf Barfoed | Wayne Simon

Celebrate the first weekend of the 2019 DESIGN Canberra festival with an opening party.

Enjoy experimental lighting design, an auction of contemporary studio-produced design, as well as music, local wines, craft beer and more.


  • Early Bird (18 September – 17 October): $15
  • Presale (18 October – 8 November): $25
  • Door: $35

Purchase your ticket now!

The DESIGN Canberra Festival (4-24 November 2019) is giving design-lovers the chance to have their own piece of contemporary Canberra design with the festival’s third annual design 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 at the Fitters Workshop, will create an exciting and vibrant atmosphere for the main event.
Limited edition and one-off pieces from Canberra’s leading designers will be displayed on the night, highlighted by an experimental lighting design installation by Matt Adey of Beizj Studio.

Artworks by established and emerging Canberra designers, artists, makers and Craft ACT members will be auctioned via online bidding, creating a unique opportunity for collectors from all over the world to own a piece designed and created by one of Canberra’s most exciting designers.

The online auction will open 1 November at 6 PM. Bids close 9:45pm on Saturday 8 November, giving successful bidders the chance to take home a unique piece of handcrafted creative work on the night.

The online auction items are available to view online and will be available to bid on 1 November.

Instructions on how to bid