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Jodie Cunningham, We Dance Together, 2017. Photo: 5 Foot Photography
Jodie Cunningham, We Dance Together, 2017. Photo: 5 Foot Photography


UTOPIA in the City

Designers and artists are invited to submit UTOPIA-inspired designs to activate and beautify the city centre for the duration of the DESIGN Canberra festival from 4-24 November 2019.

The GRAPHIC Intervention program will build on the popularity of DESIGN Canberra’s collaborations with local artists in Civic Square; Jodie Cunningham (2017) and Marilou Chagnaud (2018). This year DESIGN Canberra seeks proposals that create a dialogue between the ground plane of Civic Square and surroundings and a temporary architectural pavilion commissioned by DESIGN Canberra and designed by the University of Canberra Faculty of Arts and Design team.

The proposed intervention will activate Civic Square, respect the significance of the site, celebrate its mid-century and Griffin legacy credentials, and imagine a vibrant place of art, nature and engagement for the community. Besides being an art experience of its own, the GRAPHIC Intervention will be used as a prelude and backdrop to the autonomous pavilion – a sculptural intervention into the open space of Civic Square.

Together the graphic and sculptural installations will frame audience experiences for DESIGN Canberra’s programs including talks, tours, exhibitions, performances, a pop-up bar and wellness programs (e.g. public yoga and meditation). GRAPHIC Intervention proposals should carefully consider the edge conditions of their designs and should not make contact with the footprint of the pavilion.

The 2019 DESIGN Canberra GRAPHIC Intervention specifications and pavilion description can be downloaded here. Successful artist will receive a $1,000 cash prize, as well as having their work professionally produced, installed and deinstalled. Artist will also receive copies of professional photographs of their installation taken during DESIGN Canberra.

Entries must be received by 4pm Monday 23 September 2019 and will be judged by a panel of Canberra-based arts professionals:

  • Marilou Chagnaud: artist, designer and winner of the 2018 DESIGN Canberra GRAPHIC Intervention’s program
  • IAIN [MAX] MAXWELL, Supermanouvre and University of Canberra
  • Rachael Coghlan: CEO of Craft ACT Craft + Design Centre


  • 16 Aug – 23 Sept – Submissions
  • 24 Sept – 25 Sept – Jury Review
  • 27 Sept – Winner Notified
  • 30 Sept- 25 Oct – Installation Preparation
  • 28 Oct – 1 Nov – GRAPHIC Intervention Installation
  • 4 Nov – Opening Event
  • 4 Nov – 24 Nov – DESIGN Canberra Festival
  • 25 Nov – GRAPHIC Intervention Deinstallation

With support from the ACT Government under the City Renewal Authority’s City Grants program.

For more information, contact Anna Fryer, Creative Producer at Craft ACT on or 02 6262 9333



Graphic Interventions Competition Form 2019

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For non-members, please enter your entry fee Shopify order number:

Please provide a short project description of your proposed DESIGN (up to 300 words).

Please provide a short biography of the artist/designer/group proposing the Graphic Intervention (up to 200 words).

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Terms and conditions: Entrants must be aged 18 or over at the time of entering the competition | Submission dates: Friday 16 August - Monday 23 September 2019 | All submissions must be made via DESIGN Canberra website. Emailed or posted entries will not be accepted | Incomplete entries, or entries submitted past the submission deadline, will be deemed ineligible | The competition will accept one (1) design per artist. Any entries in excess of one (1) design will be invalid and no refund will be given | Entries must not have been previously published or won a prize in another competition | Competition entry fees must be paid at the time of entry | Entry is free for current members of Craft ACT. A $30 fee per entry applies for non-members. You can pay the entry fee via the Shopify link provided in the submission form. Please be very sure about your membership status before you apply. An incorrect entry fee will render your entry invalid | Current staff and board members of Craft ACT are ineligible for consideration in the DESIGN Canberra GRAPHIC Interventions competition | Competition entries must be submitted in PDF format and should also include a mock-up of the design in-situ | All entries must be completed online, and must be accompanied by the appropriate fee, artist bio (up to 200 words), and a 300-word project description | One work will be selected for execution. Successful artist will receive a $1,000 cash prize, as well as having their work professionally produced, installed and deinstalled. Artist will also receive copies of professional photographs of their installation taken during DESIGN Canberra. Entrants must retain a copy of their entry | Entrants warrant that: (i) they have personally created their entry and own all rights to it; (ii) all related intellectual property belongs to the entrant; and (iii) the entry does not violate any laws of any country or infringe upon another party's trademark or copyright. Entrants indemnify the Prize and its Administrators against any loss or damages resulting from a breach of this warranty | The winner will be notified on the 27 September and may be asked to supply further information and images for marketing and communications purposes | Selected work will be required to be produced and installed between the 28 October and 1 November 2019 | This award may be cancelled at any time at the discretion of Craft ACT. In the event of cancellation, entry fees will be reimbursed. Copyright, moral rights, privacy, and liability: Copyright in the design remains with the artist | By submitting an entry, the winner grants a worldwide, non-exclusive, non-commercial license, in perpetuity to the Prize Administrators (Craft ACT) to (i) permit it to publish the entry as a graphic intervention, in print and on the Craft ACT website; and (ii) permit it to record and broadcast the selected entries, online and in any other media, for a period of 3 years from the date that the design was submitted to the Prize, without fee, for the purpose of promoting Design Canberra and Craft ACT. A design must be available to be published as a graphic intervention to be eligible to win the competition. Refusal by an entrant to accept the Prize or to allow publication will disqualify the entry from eligibility | We will not modify or edit the work without the permission of the artist. By entering the Prize, you guarantee that the personal information you provide is accurate. Personal information will only be used in administering the Prize. When you provide this information, you consent to it being used for this purpose | Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, the Administrators (including its respective officers, employees and agents) are not responsible for and exclude all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of: (a) any technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under the Administrators' control); (b) any theft, unauthorized access or third party interference; (c) any entry that is late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected (whether or not after their receipt by the Administrators) due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Administrators; and (d) any variation in prize value to that stated in these Terms and Conditions.