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Monaro Mall. Photo: Bronwen Jones.
Monaro Mall. Photo: Bronwen Jones.

Canberra Centre to host DESIGN Canberra festival exhibitions and events

The DESIGN Canberra festival (4-24 November 2019) will present signature exhibitions, designer activations and artist installations in and around the award-winning heritage architecture of the Canberra’s Centre’s iconic Monaro Mall.

Saturday Design Bar: Canberra Centre

Celebrate the weekend and the annual DESIGN Canberra festival at the Canberra Centre DESIGN bar. Stop by our champagne bar for a glass of sparkling bubbly and sweet treats every Friday night during the DESIGN Canberra festival, the perfect pit-stop to rest while shopping! It’s the weekend, after all.

Public Art Walking Tours

Join curator, writer and art historian, Deborah Clark on a guided walking tour of Public Art in Canberra City, including Frank Hinder’s mosaic at the City Walk entry to Monaro Mall. Fridays 8, 15, 22 November, 12.30pm. Bookings required.

Lululemon morning yoga

Presented with Canberra Centre’s Lululemon, free yoga sessions will run every Thursday morning throughout the DESIGN Canberra festival. Meet us bright and early at Civic Square for this refreshing Wellness event.

Thursdays 7, 14, 21 November, 7-8am.

CBD by design: architecture tour

Deepen your understanding of Canberra’s unique design identity as the DESIGN Canberra experts share some of the stories behind of the historic architectural treasures in the CBD.

Architect Jeremy Mather, who completed the recent refurbishment of Monaro Mall, will lead you through this iconic building and give you a behind-the-scenes look at everything that has gone in to its transformation. Tuesday 19 November 12.30-1.30pm. Bookings required

Design Out Waste

A new collaborative installation will tell the story of where our resources come from by growing and showing everyday items inside the packaging and natural resources from which they originate. An exhibition of sustainable packaging showcases examples from around the globe of the latest reusable, refillable, recycled and redesigned intelligent packaging. 10-17 November.


See limited edition pieces made by established and emerging Canberra designers, artists, makers and Craft ACT members.

Anna Gianakis | Daniel Leone | DesignByThem | Estelle Briedis | Endure Designs | Gilbert Riedelbauch | Kenny Son | Kristina Neumann | Krystal Hurst | Mel Douglas | Phoebe Porter | Thor Diesledorf & Dan Lorrimer | Tom Skeehan | René Linssen | Rolf Barfoed | Richilde Flavell | Wayne Simon.  4-7 November, Level 1 Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre.


See new furniture, homewares and jewellery by some of the most exciting designers from across Australia including  Duncan Meerding | Estelle Briedis | Hegidesignhouse | Ivana Taylor | Krystal Hurst | Mathieu Cottin | Misa Gelin | Sparks and Dust | Stephen Roy | Thomas Maxam Studio | Wayne Simon. 7-24 November, Level 1 Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre


Narelle from Brave Botanics will show you how to bring the outdoors in, to create bold, architectural displays for the home using home wares from local designers. Inspired by the landscape and mother nature, Brave Botanics specialises in bespoke wedding flowers, sculptural botanical installations and workshops, created within a sustainable practice. Saturday 9 November 2019, 12– 1pm