Since 1971 Craft ACT has played a vital role in sustaining Australia’s high-quality studio practice and supporting craftspeople, designers and makers at every stage of their careers. We’re proudly one of Australia’s longest continuous-running not-for-profit 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.
Craft ACT’s major outreach program is DESIGN Canberra. This annual festival promotes design and craft, develops new and expanded audiences, forges marketplace connections and unexpected collaborations. In last year’s DESIGN Canberra, over 84,000 people attended our COVIDsafe festival, and over 114,000 people attended in 2019. 72% of audiences were repeat visitors to the festival, a great result for audience retention, and over 75% of events were free, ensuring accessibility amongst a diverse audience.
The ACT Government recognises that a strong local arts industry is a vital component of Canberra’s cultural life, international reputation and economy. As a key pillar of this commitment, the ACT Government allocated to Craft ACT $100,000 every year to support the DESIGN Canberra festival in 2017, 2018 and 2019. This commitment has now been extended until 2021.
DESIGN Canberra — the ACT’s fastest growing festival — is proud that the ACT Government is the Government partner to the festival, showing how, while underpinned by the arts and artists, cultural activity can extend far more broadly and produce significant social and economic impacts.
City Renewal Authority
The City Renewal Authority is charged with shaping the growth of the central parts of Canberra to make it a great place to live, explore and enjoy.
The establishment of the City Renewal Authority is a reflection of Canberra’s maturity as it continues to evolve from its roots as the seat of Federal Parliament, to a diverse and vibrant city with a distinctive urban identity. The authority will lead design-led, people-focused urban renewal in the designated City Renewal Precinct and encourage and promote social and environmental sustainability. To achieve this the authority will forge strong and constructive partnerships with the community, industry and all stakeholders to create a place for people to live, explore and enjoy.
Canberra BMW has been a key partner of DESIGN Canberra since its inception and we’re thrilled that they will be valued platinum partners of the festival in 2021.
Over the years we have together developed innovative events with the highest design values to showcase the cutting edge of contemporary industrial design – the passion for which drives both Canberra BMW and Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre.
This year Canberra BMW will help to celebrate acclaimed design with, among other programs, the Canberra BMW Car Wrap Competition and Canberra BMW Twilight Drives.
A boutique agency with a focus on personal connection and beautiful presentation, home.byholly is a real estate agency with a difference.
Holly and her team appreciate the value of design excellence in our homes and in our city. Holly is a platinum partner for DESIGN Canberra 2021. Together we’re passionate about promoting good design and emphasising the role it can play in daily life. We’re thrilled to have home.byholly as platinum partner of DESIGN Canberra 2021 and look forward to working together into the future to bring great design to the public.
University of Canberra
University of Canberra is the home of creatives. For over 40 years, UC has been teaching and guiding the designers of tomorrow, from architecture to industrial and graphic design. The University of Canberra’s soul is centred in Canberra and its region. As Australia’s fastest rising university—and one of the fastest rising in the world— UC builds professional outcomes and passionate careers for its students*.
That dynamic outlook and leadership role in Canberra’s vibrant design community, makes UC an ideal partner for DESIGN Canberra and we’re really excited to have them on board as a platinum partner again for the 2021 and 2022 festival.
Canberra Airport is the largest, privately-funded piece of public infrastructure ever built in Canberra. It is recognised both nationally and internationally as an innovative, visionary and iconic gateway to our Nation’s Capital, making it an ideal partner for the festival.
Designed to be both beautiful and easily navigated, the built architecture has striking contemporary features and subtle details that include the geometry of the elevated road, which is based on the width of Ainslie Avenue from Walter Burley Griffin’s original design for Canberra. The terminal foyer draws travellers through the building while eight public artworks provide another layer of visual depth with the goal of further enhancing customer experience and sharing the Snow family’s passion for public art.
The Alastair Swayn Foundation
The Alastair Swayn Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation, established in 2016 by the late Alastair Swayn AO to advance Australian design and architectural culture and education. Alastair was a committed member of the Australian design community for over 40 years. The Foundation perpetuates and honours Alastair’s memory through our grants program and partnerships with organisations that promote Australian design. The Foundation provides opportunities for those in architecture and design related industries to conduct research in their chosen field. It also, aims to reward proven achievement of talented and deserving Australians with further opportunity in their pursuit of excellence for the enrichment of knowledge in architecture and all design disciplines in Australia.
From the beginnings as “Monaro Mall” in the 60s, Canberra Centre has set the benchmark for innovation and style. Declared open by Sir Robert Menzies in 1963, the Centre introduced a new concept to Australian retail as the first fully enclosed shopping mall.
Over the 50 years, there’s been several major renovations, including a $500 million redevelopment in 2007. In 2016 Canberra Centre commenced a redevelopment in the old Monaro Mall precinct.
See signature exhibitions, attend designer activations and a design bar in and around the award-winning heritage architecture of iconic Monaro Mall in the Canberra Centre.
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Kambri at ANU
For the traditional custodians of this land, ‘Kambri’ has been a meeting place for thousands of years. The Kambri cultural precinct offers a new educational, physical, creative and social experience in a village setting. In time, this contemporary community space hopes to bring the spirit of place-making and gathering to the ANU.
HerCanberra live and love local.
Featuring the voices of local writers, they write daily about life in Canberra – from ‘what’s on’ to reviews of places to eat; social commentary to health and fitness; beauty and nutrition to books and movies; fashion and motherhood to recipes and home style; if it’s part of ‘her’ life you’ll find it on HerCanberra.
Dezeen is the world’s most popular and influential architecture and design magazine, with an audience of 3 million unique visitors each month. Every day, Dezeen’s award-winning editorial team publishes a curated selection of the best international architecture, interiors and design projects plus breaking news, incisive features and compelling original video content. With offices in London and New York, Dezeen also runs Dezeen Jobs, Dezeen Awards and Dezeen Day.
ArtsHub is Australia’s leading independent online resource dedicated to the world of the arts.
Our passionate team actively pursues a vision for a dynamic, diverse and prosperous arts culture and industry.
We began in 2000 as a small weekly jobs bulletin covering the performing arts, growing for almost 20 years into the go-to site for arts news.
Locally owned and operated, RiotACT is the Canberra region’s fastest growing source of local news, opinion, analysis and conversation.
Their trusted, experienced journalists take on the issues that matter to you and are committed to providing balanced, on-topic and relevant local content.
Lake George Winery
Lake George Winery is family owned and operated and is located on the north-western shores of the mysterious Lake George. Located 700m above sea level, their cool-climate award-wining wines are produced with minimal interference. They hand pick their grapes, follow sustainable practices and their wine is vegan friendly.
Capital Brewing Co.
Capital Brewing Co is a brewery in Canberra brewing Good Natured Brews. Capital Brewing Co are dedicated to quenching your thirst with the best beer possible. They take the highest quality, all-natural ingredients and some of the world’s best water from the capital’s very own backyard, and with skill and love craft it into something fine. After all, if we spend precious time and resources making beer, we may as well make it good. Real good!
ROJO Customs is a creative studio and print shop based in Canberra. We are comprised of university qualified and industry experienced creatives and offer clothing printing, graphic design, merchandise and signage.
Canberra Contemporary Art Space
Since its establishment in 1981 CCAS has become one of Australia’s leading spaces for the creation and presentation of contemporary art. Working with artists both inside and outside of the ACT across a range of disciplines, CCAS provides opportunities for artists to create and show new, ambitious and daring work. CCAS is a space for collaboration, consultation and conversation and an opportunity for emerging and established practitioners to experiment and exhibit.
Kowalski Recruitment is an innovative Canberra-based Recruitment and Human Resources company. We deliver outstanding outcomes by establishing recruitment partnerships with our clients and providing high quality, tailored recruitment solutions. Our expertise encompasses Executive Search, Permanent (Ongoing) Recruitment, Temporary (Contingent) Staffing, HR Consulting, and Scribing Services.
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