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Design thinking, learning and making in Canberra: Legacies and new initiatives


A DESIGN Canberra event in collaboration with Canberra Museum and Gallery and The Australian National University.  

Canberra is now recognised as a place of excellence in making but how did we get here and what is going to be important for growing this reputation. Join us for a discussion about design thinking, learning and making  in Canberra with artists who are leaders in the fields of glass, jewellery and object design to explore both recent histories and current practices.  Session One focuses on the work of  two outstanding artists who are represented with their major survey exhibitions at CMAG, Blanche Tilden’s Ripple Effect, and Tom Moore’s Abundant Wonder. Although their practices appear completely different, Tilden and Moore share the experience of study and making in Canberra. They met in Canberra at the ANU Glass workshop at School of Art & Design (SOAD) in the early 90s’ and have gone on to become critically acclaimed artists and leaders in their field. In conversation with Jason Smith, Geelong Gallery Director and CEO, Blanche and Tom will reveal their vision, influences and the inspirations that drive their practice, while reflecting also upon their experiences of living and working in Canberra during the early part of their careers and the practicalities of building their practices through different educational and mentoring opportunities. Session Two Chaired by artist Dr Erica Secombe, brings us into the present with current early career artists Bronwyn Sargeson, Elliot Bastianon and Jonathan Zalakos recipient of of the 2022 Robert Foster Award with senior glass artist Jeffery Sarimento Recently joined as Senior Lecturer ANU

+ Jason Smith – Geelong Gallery Director and CEO
+ Blanche Tilden – Contemporary jeweller
+ Tom Moore – Glass artist
+ Dr Erica Seccombe – Australian National University
+ Jeffery Sarmiento – Senior Lecturer in the School of Art and Design at the Australian National University
+ Bronwyn Sargeson – Glass artist, Glassworks Residency recipient and CMAG EASS exhibition recipient
+ Jonathon Zalakos – Contemporary jeweller, recipient of the ANU Robert Foster Jewellery and Object Scholarship
+ Elliot Bastianon – Current ANU SOAD Phd Candidate, Practices in design and conceptual making

Ticket includes exhibition viewing, drinks and 20% off at the Festival Hub Shop from 5 – 6pm, 4 Nov.

Design thinking, learning and making in Canberra: Legacies and new initiatives
Fri 04 Nov 2022
Past event
Design thinking, learning and making in Canberra: Legacies and new initiatives

DESIGN Canberra acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional custodians of the ACT and surrounding areas. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. We aim to respect cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Indigenous people.