Design Canberra Festival The Week Ahead: 13 - 19 November – Design Canberra Festival

Boomerang House by Joanna Nelson Architect
Boomerang House by Joanna Nelson Architect

The Week Ahead: 13 – 19 November

Monday 13 November

MAD Mondays
10am – 4pm @ Gallery of Small Things, Watson
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Geoff Isaac on Grant Featherston
5pm @ ANU
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Tuesday 14 November

The Other Moderns Book Launch
6pm @ ANU
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Wednesday 15 November

UNESCO Round Table Video Conference
5pm @ Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport

UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network fosters peer learning and collaborative projects in order to fully capitalize on a city’s creativity, as a basis for building sustainable, inclusive and balanced development in economic, cultural, environmental and social terms. Design is one of seven fields recognised in the network. In previous Design Canberra festivals, we’ve seen Canberra as the perfect prototype city – a living lab that is small enough to experiment, while housing a dense, globally connected network of ideas.

In this Round Table, we’ll take that a step further and ask what would it take to become a global city of design?

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Opening event:
Winya Indigenous Furniture

3pm @ East Row Canberra
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Design you can Drink
6pm @ Brew Nation
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Opening event:
Bio Mimic

6pm @ ANCA Dickson
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Opening event:
Crafted ’17
6:30pm @ ANU
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Thursday 16 November

Gillawarra Arts Workshop
Jewellery Making

9am – 5pm @ ANU
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Opening event: Women in Design
6pm @ Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre

A Space for Softness, Kelly Austin
Parquetry Meets Plant, Chelsea Lemon
Mara ninti, Lynette Lewis
New Terrain in an Old World, Zoë Veness

Opening event:
Coming from the Six
6pm @ Garema Centre
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Friday 17 November

City Sessions
4:30pm – 6:30pm @ the Law Courts
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Modernist Public Art walking tour
6pm from the Law Courts
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7pm @ Canberra Contemporary Art Space
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Saturday 18 November

Mary Featherston: Wonder(ful) Schools?
9:30am – 11am @ Radford College
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Ceramics Studio bus tour
10am @ Craft ACT
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Open Studios
11am – 4pm around Canberra
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Sturt School for Wood:
Graduating Exhibition

11am @ Sturt Gallery
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Weaving with Elisa Jane Carmichael
3pm @ Gorman Arts Centre
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Mary Featherston Public Talk
3:30pm @ National Portrait Gallery

Mary is an Interior Designer and was one of the inaugural inductees into the Design Institute of Australia Hall of Fame. Mary was the life and design partner of Grant Featherston which included collaborations with iconic Australian mid-century architects Robin Boyd and Roy Grounds. Mary is also an influential and sometimes controversial designer of child-centred learning environments and is a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia and a Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne. While Mary retired from commercial design practice in 2012 she continues to be involved in school design research projects, university teaching and with her advocacy for children and good design through the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Foundation and the Robin Boyd Foundation.

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Sunday 19 November

Living Rooms: Women in Design
10am – 4pm @ Various locations

Architecture + design + craft = an open home with a difference. Explore the living rooms of acclaimed Canberra houses designed by female architects, and discover pop-up exhibitions with works on sale by local artists, makers and craft practitioners.

10am – 11:30am – 55 Peter Cullen Way, Wright
11:30am – 1:00pm – 4 Redshaw Street, Coombs
1:00pm – 2:30pm – 52 Haines Street, Curtin
2:30pm – 4:00pm – 10 Hart Street, O’Connor

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Spoon Carving Workshop
10am – 3:30pm @ Meet Gather Collect
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Sketchy Sunday
12pm – 3pm @ the National Gallery of Australia Sculpture Garden
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Mid-Century Modern Bus Tours: Robin Boyd
12:30pm meeting at Watson Street, Turner

Join renowned architecture enthusiast, Martin Miles on a bus tour around Canberra’s best architecture including mid-century modernist icons by Boyd and other architects.

Robin Boyd (1919-1971), born and educated in Melbourne, was a distinguished architect, writer and social commentator and throughout the 1940s and 1950s was Australia’s leading proponent of the modern movement. Boyd held a lifelong interest in modern architecture tempered by regional concerns. His early work employed structuralist solutions to overcome what he considered to be the deficiencies of most housing of the period and he was a leading practitioner of the post-war Melbourne regional style. The suburban house was often the focus of Boyd’s efforts, both in design and writing, and he enjoyed relatively few opportunities to design major buildings.

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