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Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Large Sargasso Eel Trap. Photo: Adam McGrath Hcreations
Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Large Sargasso Eel Trap. Photo: Adam McGrath Hcreations
Past event

Two Minutes to Midnight: Meet the Makers

Arts, culture and creativity are integral to everyday life, especially in Canberra, a global city of design. They provide extensive economic, education, mental health and tourism benefits to our community. Arts and culture enhance the liveability of a city, building a sense of place to attract residents and investors. Financial viability in the arts is essential to maximise the ability of artists to develop rigorous and sustainable creative practice; yet the COVID-19 crisis hit the arts hard and many artists were excluded from income support. What changes are needed to ensure that artists, designers and creatives can continue to live, work and make?

Our panel of thought leaders to explore and identify future solutions includes:


  • Esther Anatolitis, unrelenting advocate for Australian art and culture, former NAVA Executive Director


  • Kate Fielding, cultural strategist and program director, A New Approach.
  • Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello, contemporary urban based Aboriginal (Arrernte) glass artist.

About Two Minutes to Midnight

DESIGN Canberra’s new Two Minutes to Midnight series invites designers and thought-leaders to engage in deeper conversations with the community about the spaces, places and values we need in order to survive and thrive. 2020 represents a time of rapid change in our city and nation’s history. In this time of uncertainty, is good design an unaffordable luxury or the best possible use of public money?

With artists excluded from income support, our built heritage needing investment, and suburbs transforming into places of work, study and leisure, this is an unprecedented opportunity to rebuild and reimagine a sustainable and more caring way of living.

Each event is hosted by a provocateur to encourage honest debate beyond the hyperbole. The provocateur frames the debate, the topic for discussion and identifies two high impact proposals to help build a future which is as yet unwritten.

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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.