Transformation – Design Canberra Festival


DESIGN Canberra 2022: Transformation

2-20 November

In the context of the upheaval and disruption of the global pandemic and other confronting experiences of 202021, we have a shared responsibility and extraordinary opportunity to achieve real transformation.

After world changing events, history has shown that citizens, business and communities have responded with a celebration of life and gratitude and a burst of entrepreneurial energy. We hope that (after a well-earned rest at the end of 2021), 2021 creates momentum to build a more resilient, connected, creative and responsible way of living. The eighth edition of the DESIGN Canberra festival asks what should we retain and what can we discard to connect more meaningfully as a community, to nurture wellbeing and health, celebrate creativity and reduce our burden on the environment? Can design foster a vibrant, equitable, sustainable and innovative society?

The festival theme arose from our planning for Craft ACT’s 50th – golden – anniversary which took place in 2021. We explored the values, tradition and symbolism of gold and, through that, alchemy and transformation. We remain constantly inspired by the ways that artists and designers transform raw materials and ideas into objects, spaces and buildings to creatively express layers of meaning, history and connection from the domestic to the public sphere. Since 1971 CraftACT has played a vital role in sustaining Australia’s high-quality studio practice and supporting craftspeople, designers and audiences. We are proudly one of Australia’s longest continuous-running membership organisations in the visual arts and we celebrate the many ways our close-knit community has nurtured and transformed artists’ practice for half a century.

We committed to this theme of transformation in 2019, but as 2021 draws to a close and uncertainty remains, this vision for the next DESIGN Canberra festival seems more timely than ever. Craft ACT’s artistic and public programs, including our major outreach DESIGN Canberra, will celebrate transformation – fostering innovation, facilitating quality discourse, supporting professional development and promoting social inclusion. We hope you can be part of it.

DESIGN Canberra
2-20 November 2022

The Teapot Project by Hendrik Forster & Kenny Son. Photo: Youmee Jeon

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.