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CraftACT Gallery. Artist: Tom Skeehan. Photo: Dream Pieces
CraftACT Gallery. Artist: Tom Skeehan. Photo: Dream Pieces

Object Subject

At the inaugural national design writing conference, Object Subject (2017), keynote speaker and NY Times design critic Alice Rawsthorn called on the design sector to take seriously their responsibilities – social, environmental and ethical. This clarion call, teamed with multiple requests from national and international design writers to repeat the event, is a catalyst for the second national design writing conference in Canberra on 8-9 November 2019.

International and national speakers include: experimental materials research designer Seetal Solanki (UK), arts editor Jennifer Higgie (UK), Indigenous architect, lecturer and advocate Jefa Greenaway (AUS), editor, writer and podcaster Clare Press (AUS), urban design researcher and editor of Assemble Papers, Jana Perković (AUS), and awarded Australian singer, writer, director, and advocate Robyn Archer (AUS).

Registration is now open to attend this important conversation. Early bird registration rates are available until 23 September 2019. Speaker proposals are open until 2 September 2019 and the final conference program and full speaker list will be released at the end of September.

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The tentative conference program is as follows (subject to change):

Thursday 7: Conference reception – 6pm
Friday 8: All day – 8:30am-5:00pm
Saturday 9: 8:30am-12:30pm