DISCOVER: Craft + Design Trail – Design Canberra Festival

DISCOVER: Craft + Design Trail
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DISCOVER: Craft + Design Trail

Festival Art Installation

DISCOVER: Craft + Design Trail is a Craft ACT members mentoring project in which six local craftspeople and designers have participated in this unique experience, been mentored to reframe their practice for the public context and share the value of contemporary craft with wider audiences.
The trail engages audiences in a process of discovery and delight in City West until 20 November 2022.

Thanks to the generous support of the City Renewal Authority, the ACT Government and Contour556.

Map of the DISCOVER: Craft +Design Trail


S.A. Adair

Rose Armstrong

Studio Bud

Lan Nguyen-hoan

Sam Sheppard

Hannah Quinlivan


Thor Diesendorf

Thor Diesendorf is an expert in design and production of furniture and architectural components using recycled and other timbers. He has experience in old school hand work methods and large-scale production machinery. Thor also has experience fabricating steel components and hardware.

Valerie Kirk

Valerie Kirk is an artist and tapestry weaver who has worked on public and private commissions, community art and curatorial projects. From 1991-2017 she was Senior Lecturer and Head of Textiles at the Australian National University, School of Art and Design and is now an Emeritus Professor. Since then, she has continued to work in her studio in O’Connor towards solo and group exhibitions, produced commissioned tapestries and held public Open Studio days.

Nick Stranks

Nick Stranks has extensive experience in the construction and installation of public art. He has been a lecturer in sculpture for over 20 years at the Australian National University and since leaving that appointment has managed a casting foundry on a rural property on the outskirts of the ACT. This foundry specialises in working closely with artists, mentoring them and producing a wide range of cast and fabricated sculptural works.

Sam Tomkins
Sam Tomkins is an Industrial Designer and lecturer at the University of Canberra with expertise in digital design and fabrication. He has extensive experience across a broad range of materials, fabrication techniques and technologies spanning both the traditional and the emergent.


This project has been developed in partnership with City Renewal Authority, ACT Government.

Sponsored by Graham Humphries and Meredith Hinchliffe.

Supported by Contour 556.

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.