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CraftACT Gallery. Artist: Tom Skeehan. Photo: Dream Pieces
CraftACT Gallery. Artist: Tom Skeehan. Photo: Dream Pieces
Past event

Object Subject 2019

Design Conference

At the inaugural national design writing conference, Object Subject (2017), keynote speaker and NY Times design critic Alice Rawsthorn called on the design sector to take seriously their responsibilities – social, environmental and ethical. This clarion call, teamed with multiple requests from national and international design writers to repeat the event, is a catalyst for the second national design writing conference in Canberra on 8-9 November 2019.

International and national speakers include: experimental materials research designer Seetal Solanki (London), arts editor Jennifer Higgie (London), Indigenous architect, lecturer and advocate Jefa Greenaway (Melbourne), urban design researcher and editor of Assemble Papers, Jana Perković, and awarded Australian singer, writer, director, and advocate Robyn Archer.

Registration is now open to attend this important conversation. Early bird registration rates are available until 17 October 2019.

View the full program here.

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The tentative conference program is as follows (subject to change):

Thursday 7: Conference reception – 6pm
Friday 8: All day – 8:30am-5:00pm
Saturday 9: 8:30am-1:00pm


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.