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ACT Government

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.

Following the ACT Government’s funding commitment, DESIGN Canberra is in an unprecedented position to build awareness among new markets, encourage buy-in from business and tourism sectors, and introduce inspiring and ambitious legacy projects with longer term benefits for Canberra and the design sector. This certainty of funding has provided an extraordinary opportunity to take what started as a small self-funded festival of a few days to nearly a month-long program of innovative craft and design-inspired events, exhibitions and activations across Canberra and with interstate and international connections.

The ACT Government supports DESIGN Canberra because the contemporary design and craft sector can extend way beyond the arts to link up with industry and whole of government priorities like:

  • economic development (through creative industries, tourism and events)
  • urban renewal and social inclusion
  • liveable cities and community building.

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.

Major partner

Platinum partners

Rolfe Classic BMW

Rolfe Classic 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 2018.

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 Rolfe Classic BMW and CraftACT: Craft + Design Centre.

This year Rolfe Classic BMW will help to celebrate acclaimed architectural design at Living Rooms, where architecture + craft + design = an open home with a difference.


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 2018, helping to present the popular ‘Living Rooms’; open homes of acclaimed architecture, teamed with pop-up exhibitions of work by emerging designers.

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 2018 and look forward to working together into the future to bring great design to the public.

Architecture student Sarah Patterson with her model replica of the National Portrait Gallery.

University of Canberra

A young university with a bold vision, University of Canberra is ranked among the top 100 young universities in the world and consistently delivers great outcomes for students. The University of Canberra has been teaching and guiding the nation’s designers of tomorrow – from architecture to industrial design and graphic design – for over 40 years.

That dynamic mix of vibrancy and legacy, and leadership role in Canberra’s vibrant design community, makes University of Canberra an ideal partner for DESIGN Canberra and we’re really excited to have them on board as a platinum partner.

©Brett Boardman Photography. Bowen Place Crossing in Canberra optimises its key location alongside Lake Burley Griffin and integrates design, with improved safety and connectivity for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. The design by landscape architects Spackman Mossop Michaels, in conjunction with Lahz Nimmo Architects enhances the site’s existing geometries and landscape to create an architectural centrepiece that is minimal, sculptural, refined and elegant. This project further demonstrates the NCA’s commitment to design excellence.

National Capital Authority

The National Capital Authority or NCA, is responsible for developing an understanding and appreciation of the role of Canberra as the National Capital. A valued Platinum Partner for DESIGN Canberra, the NCA takes a strategic approach to fostering an awareness of the Capital through research, by encouraging participation, appreciation and celebration in the National Capital, by providing information and education about the Capital, and by promoting the attributes of Canberra that are of national significance.

The Australian Government, through the NCA, has a direct interest in developing and maintaining the National Capital as an asset in which all Australians have a major investment. These assets include places like Lake Burley Griffin, the National Carillon, ANZAC Parade, Commonwealth Park and the Parliamentary Triangle, and represent some of the Capital’s most nationally and culturally significant landscapes and attractions.

Bowen Place Crossing. Photo ©Brett Boardman Photography

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