Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is a not-for-profit membership based organisation which supports artists, craft practitioners, designers and makers at every stage of their careers. We promote and celebrate excellence and innovation in contemporary craft in everything we do – in our retail space, exhibitions, events and membership program.
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 112,000 people attended the festival, an increase from 94,000 in 2017, 69,000 in 2016 and 26,000 in 2015.
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 2022.
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.
Selected festival programs have also been made possible with support from the ACT Government under the City Renewal Authority’s City Grants program.
DESIGN Canberra is delighted to welcome Canberra Centre back as Major festival partner in 2019.
From their 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.
See signature exhibitions, attend designer activations, a design bar and artist installations in and around the award-winning heritage architecture of iconic Monaro Mall in the Canberra Centre.
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 2019.
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 design with the Rolfe Classic BMW Car Wrap Competition, Rolfe Classic BMW Night Drives and Living Rooms.
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 2019, 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 2019 and look forward to working together into the future to bring great design to the public.
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.
DESIGN Canberra is thrilled to welcome Canberra Airport as a valued platinum partner for 2019.
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.
Consorzio Tutela Prosecco DOC
Midnight Hotel is a reflection of its immediate neighbourhood, and a celebration of the wider Canberra locale and artists and designers who create here. Designed by world-renowned Fender Katsalidis Architects and Oculus Urban Design, Midnight Hotel is positioned in Braddon, in the heart of the nation’s capital and connected to the beat of the city. Luxury in location affords Midnight Hotel guests endless opportunities to experience premium service, complemented by authentic cultural emersion.
Our exclusive hotel partner, Midnight Hotel looks forward to welcoming DESIGN Canberra VIPs and festival audiences to the hotel.
Icelab does design for thinking: we want to help people understand their world, connect with each other, and work better together. We design and develop projects for web, mobile, touchscreen, and exhibition spaces.
Kambri Precinct 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.
ThinkPlace are a strategic design consultancy, working with leaders to create new and better futures – vibrant communities, strong economies, sustainable environments and trusted institutions. They believe in a positive future world that balances the needs of the collective and those of the individual.
Embassy of Italy
The Embassy of Italy is located at the edge of several Australian Federal Departments and of the Lodge of the Prime Minister.
The structure was projected by the Italian architect Enrico Taglietti, migrated to Australian in the ’50s. During his career, Mr Taglietti has been well known for the use of cement to create stunning forms and spaces.
The Embassy of Italy is in fact made of cement with a number of woden panels inside that make the structure dramatically dinamic.
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.
Design Tasmania is Australia’s premier design centre since 1976 dedicated to furthering design in Tasmania through our exhibitions, collection and retail space. We are a not-for-profit bringing design to as many people as possible with the belief that “Design Makes the Difference”™.
Ausglass is a not-for-profit membership organisation that encourages diversity, dialogue and excellence in Australian contemporary glass. We achieve this primarily through our biennial conference and program of national glass awards, prizes and project grants.
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 Silver 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.
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!