Welcome to Wasteland – Design Canberra Festival

Welcome to Wasteland. Photo: Josh Robenstone
Welcome to Wasteland. Photo: Josh Robenstone
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Welcome to Wasteland

Welcome to Wasteland presents projects by creative disciplines – including architects, industrial designers, furniture makers and researchers – exploring the use of waste materials, offering visitors an insight into how leading practitioners are approaching Australian waste issues, not just with a sense of obligation but as an opportunity of crisis.

Welcome to Wasteland is an exhibition originally shown in Melbourne during Melbourne Design week 2019. The exhibition will be brought to Canberra’s Nishi Gallery by Canberra-based designer maker, Tom Skeehan, and Melbourne-based designer, Dale Hardiman. Coinciding with the 2019 DESIGN Canberra festival, Welcome to Wasteland will conjure ideas about Utopia in its contemplation of waste production, and the role of design as a corrective to the implications of consumer culture upon ideals of a utopian future.


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