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Glass Utopia. Photo: 5 Foot Photography
Glass Utopia. Photo: 5 Foot Photography

Design Tasmania + Glass Utopia

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre’s and DESIGN Canberra’s signature exhibition Glass Utopia will travel to Design Tasmania, Launceston, in early 2020.

Design Tasmania proudly celebrates the history and heritage of Tasmanian designers and looks to the future optimistically. We pay homage to Gary Cleveland who founded Design Tasmania, formerly known as The Design Centre, and aspire to his vision and understanding of the unique context for design in Tasmania. Ten years ago he wrote:

The Design Centre is now recognised as one of the country’s most respected outlets for products from designer makers…. A spirit peculiar to Tasmania—I believe it is fostered by our environment—took form and has proven itself capable of continuing innovation at a level that permits a viable living for many.

We are charged with ensuring that we build on, enhance and expand what has been achieved. We are mandated to ensuring that Design Tasmania and Tasmanian design will increase in esteem in Tasmania, Australia and internationally. With the belief and support of our community of designers and supporters the next 40 years is bright.

Inspired by the Murano glass chandelier that Italian architect Enrico Taglietti and his wife Francesca installed at the Italian Ambassador’s Residence in Canberra in 1967, the Glass Utopia exhibition draws a parallel between Venetian contemporary glass production and the Australian experience. A selection of contemporary glass pieces by Italian and Australian designers will stimulate a visual dialogue between the objects, artists and glassmaking traditions.

Glass Utopia is curated by Annalisa Rosso and Francesco Mainardi of Mr.Lawrence, Milan, Italy. It is a signature exhibition for the 2019 DESIGN Canberra festival made possible with the generous support of Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, Ausglass and Design Tasmania.