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SELL OUT: Festival Opening Party
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SELL OUT: Festival Opening Party

Design Auction Party

What: DESIGN Canberra opening party Who: Everyone is invited! Why: It promises to be a great night. Enjoy local wine, spirits, beer, design, DJ and more. Highlight: Dark Mofo lighting designer House of Vnholy will transform the beautiful historic fitters workshop after dark. When: 8pm Friday 10 November 2023 Where: Fitters Workshop, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston How much: $10 ($15 at the door). Includes first wine, beer or softdrink free, thanks to our event partners Summerhill Road wines, Capital Brewing Company and Underground Spirits.

The DESIGN Canberra Festival (6-26 November 2017) is giving design-lovers the chance to have their own piece of contemporary Canberra design with the festival’s very first design auction.

Sell Out: 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 historic Canberra 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 House of Vnholy (Dark Mofo).

Almost all the works by established and emerging Canberra designers, artists and makers 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. One item, Zoe Brand’s Sell Out disc pendant, made especially for the event, will be live auctioned on the night at the Fitters Workshop.

Click to view instructions for how to bid on Zoe Brand’s Sell Out disc pendant.

In a world where mass-produced consumer objects are marketed as good design, the DESIGN Canberra auction party invites us to celebrate the value of independent and small-scale work by local designers and makers. Where mass-produced replicas focus on the most recent trend, handcrafted and one-off pieces are creatively pushing the boundaries of design practice, creating thoughtful, well-made work whose value transcends simply being ‘in fashion’.

The online auction opens 8pm Friday 3 November Bids close around 9:30pm on Friday 10 November, giving successful bidders the chance to take home a unique piece of handcrafted creative work on the night.

Click to view instructions for how to bid online.

Participating designers and works include:

  • Tom Skeehan, Skeehan Studio, limited edition original HOSHI range (armchair, bench and ottomans)
  • Silversmith Alison Jackson limited series of hand formed earrings.
  • Furniture designer Christina Bricknell ottomans and bench seats
  • Dan Lorrimer and Mitchell Brooks special edition two-tone Griffin Blueprint Dish
  • Geoff Farquhar-Still sculpture and prints
  • Simon Cottrell contemporary jewellery
  • Anna Gianakis minimalist porcelain vessels
  • Marilou Chagnaud sculptural paper works
  • Glass artist Kate Nixon’s cloche and dino vases
  • Zoe Brand ‘Sell Out’ large disc pendant*
Bringing together designers and design lovers with great food and drinks, music, and art to celebrate the best of independently-produced design in a beautiful and stimulating environment Sell Out: design auction party promises to be a night to remember. Launching the DESIGN Canberra festival’s first weekend, the event will provide inspiration and celebration for the 2017 festival program.

$10 online—$15 at door (first wine, beer or softdrink free)


*Zoe Brand is represented by Bilk Gallery