DESIGN Buzz: Monday 23 Nov

Monday, 23 November 2023 @ | Braddon

Cost: $40 for general admission; $20 for students, please show student card at the door.

Date: Monday 23 November

Time: 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start

Venue: Ainslie Arts Centre

Address: 38 Elouera Street, Braddon

Bookings: Buy tickets online at www.bit.ly/designbuzz


Not quite a lecture and not quite a debate, DESIGN Buzz is an opportunity to discuss some of the big questions facing the world of design. This event series, held over two nights, will bring together some of the best designers, craftspeople and thinkers from across the world to share their thoughts on design in relation to issues including collaboration, place making, sustainability and the future.


Emcee: Helen O’Neil, Country Director at British Council Australia

Helen O’Neil has worked as an arts advocate, manager and director across the creative sector with a strong focus on building relationships and networks. She was recently Senior Adviser to the Australian Minister for the Arts, working on the national Creative Australia policy and has taught at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Helen was Executive Director of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group and the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Chair of the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, and was a Director of the Film Finance Corporation. She moved into leadership and advocacy from positions in marketing and communications including with Opera Australia. She was a journalist for the ABC, later working on digital and broadband TV, including the Foxtel start-up for News.


Session 1

Speakers: Jeremy Lepisto, Lynda Roberts and Paul Gazzola

The world is evolving and ideas are changing. New problems require new solutions. Most are beyond the capacity of one individual to resolve. Effective collaboration, bringing together a wide range of skills, expertise and perspectives, can contribute enormously to finding elegant and durable solutions. All collaborations are a human activity, connecting people across culture, language, experience and locality and enabling multiple voices to join together to create something of communal worth. But what makes for good collaboration? Is there one ‘Go to’ model that will guarantee success? Join glass artist Jeremy Lepisto, and artists and curators Lynda Roberts and Paul Gazzola, as they discuss their respective approaches to collaboration in the highly diverse and challenging creative sector.

Jeremy Lepisto (ACT and United States)

Workshop Level is Jeremy Lepisto’s second professional studio. Before moving to Australia in 2009, he co-founded Studio Ramp LLC in Portland, Oregon, United States. Both studios specialise in translating glass designs by artists, designers and architects into form. Jeremy is also an independent artist and has exhibited and presented talks and kilnforming workshops in Australia and internationally. He is a strong supporter of community collaboration and seeks out other speciality makers and craftspeople to help execute complex, one-off designs. Jeremy, in turn, is sought out for his meticulous skills and high-level problem solving and capacity to direct multiple creatives to bring ideas into reality.

Lynda Roberts (VIC)

Lynda Roberts is passionate about the creation of community spaces, cultural events and art installations, with an emphasis on collaborative processes. Drawing on a background of architecture, festival production, design and arts management, her work engages stakeholders by developing frameworks and spatial conditions that support collaborative action. Lynda manages the Public Art Program at the City of Melbourne and is one-half of Public Assembly, a collaborative laboratory and creative think-tank which enables others with skills and inspiration to engage with their immediate environment. Public Assembly’s work includes participatory workshops, temporary interventions and immersive lo-tech public art installations.

Paul Gazzola (VIC)

Paul Gazzola is an artist and curator working in the expanded field of participatory art practice, performance, sculpture and scenographic design. His extensive practice over the last 20-plus years has generated an innovative array of projects across visual art, performance, architecture, dance, design, installation, video and theory that explore the relationship between the body, site, place and the built form. These works, for stages, galleries, museums, site-specific settings and print, have been commissioned and presented in Australia and internationally.


Session 2: Living Design

Speakers: Dr Liz Forbat and Leah Heiss

Good health is the foundation for individuals to lead productive, creative and fulfilling lives. But what is the best way to engage and bring together diverse healthcare industries, such as design, construction and technology suppliers, and policy makers, urban planners and designers to create healthier societies for the 21st Century? Join Dr Liz Forbat, Professor of Palliative Care for Calvary Health and the Australian Catholic University, and Leah Heiss, trans-disciplinary designer, as they discuss the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in understanding the impact of urban environments on health and wellbeing. They also discuss good design, from health policy planning through to the physical environment and new technologies, to enhance quality of life.

Dr Liz Forbat (ACT and United Kingdom)

Originally from the United Kingdom, Dr Liz Forbat is the Professor of Palliative Care for Calvary Health Care and the Australian Catholic University. Her interest in care-giving led to a PhD and clinical training in family therapy in London and Glasgow. Liz has worked in a therapeutic and research capacity with a range of people, including refugees who have been tortured, children with mental health issues, and families with someone facing a life-threatening illness. Her research interests include exploring how people with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions and their relatives can find ways to deal with their situations. Liz was previously the co-director of Cancer Care Research Centre, University of Stirling, and a research fellow at Edinburgh University.

Leah Heiss (VIC)

As a trans-disciplinary designer, Leah Heiss’ practice is at the nexus of art, design and science, using advanced technologies to develop potent human-scale projects. Her process is deeply collaborative. Leah works with experts from nanotechnology through to manufacturing. Current projects include new forms for hearing technologies, biosignal sensing jewellery, emergency jewellery for times of crisis, swallowable devices to detect gas fluctuations within the body, and ongoing experimentation with next generation materials. Leah holds a BA, (Communications), a Bachelor of Design (Interior Design), a Masters of Design (SIAL) and is currently studying for a PhD in Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University.


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