DESIGN Canberra
4–24 November 2019 

DESIGN Canberra is calling for projects for the 2019 festival that celebrate and promote Canberra as a living design laboratory, a global city of design.

Submit your proposals by 4 March 2019.

DESIGN Canberra has resonated with ever-increasing audiences near and far because design is in our city’s DNA.  DESIGN Canberra is a powerful platform to promote design and the work of designers. Presented annually since 2014, DESIGN Canberra has grown to embrace a regional and global focus, becoming a critical and collaborative forum for contemporary, relevant, experimental and authentic design.

DESIGN Canberra is also the ACT’s fastest growing festival. 2018 was an amazing year of growth, inspiration, excellence and engagement – a result of creative collaborations and strategic partnerships with Canberra’s craft and design sector and the broader community. In 2018, over 112,000 people engaged with the festival’s curated program of exhibitions, talks, tours, collaborations, open homes and artist studios, activations and markets showcasing the best in design. 

Our 2019 festival theme is… Utopia. 

Utopia

Design is a powerful tool to build a better world and imagine a perfect future. 

Utopia is an opportunity to reimagine the past, build a more creative and inclusive present, and boldly experiment with the future of design.

  • Celebrate the Bauhaus’ 100th anniversary which brought together craft, skill and innovation and had a distinct impact on Canberra's built environment and creative community.
  • Take seriously design’s responsibility as an agent for positive change in society.
  • Challenge ideals of perfection.
  • Make visible design and designers to new audiences.


How can I get involved?

In calling for proposals from across all design disciplines, we encourage a spirit of collaboration where Canberra’s creative community works together to showcase the best in contemporary design. We welcome proposals which align with the festival values, ambitions and aspirations including: contemporary, relevant, exploratory and authentic.

Whether you are an individual maker, a collective, a cultural or educational institution, a business, a researcher or a government agency, the festival provides a platform for a multi-faceted exploration of design arts and creative industries. DESIGN Canberra is attracting more, and new, audiences each year. 

Proposals are welcome for:

  • Exhibitions
  • Events
  • Tours
  • Workshops
  • Activations
  • Installations
  • Design-related performance
  • Public talks
  • Publication launches
  • Food and drink
  • Online works
  • Research

 

Note that programs can include dates before or after 4-24 November, but must have some overlap with DESIGN Canberra dates to be included in the 2019 program. 

DESIGN Canberra encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers to submit proposals for the festival program.


What will DESIGN Canberra do to support my event?

DESIGN Canberra is the major outreach activity of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre. In 2018, we attracted over 110,000 people to the festival.

Craft ACT curates the festival program, presenting opening and keynote events and exhibitions that form the backbone of the festival and providing a context for the events, exhibitions and activities of other presenters. We work with a network of stakeholders to present the festival and are generously supported and inspired by our design-focused corporate sponsors including Canberra Centre, Rolfe Classic BMW, home. by holly, University of Canberra and the Australian National University. Events ACT provide ACT Government funding to underpin the presentation of the festival. The ACT Government has committed to fund the festival every year from 2017-2020. This is a time for growth and long-term ambition.

Craft ACT has overall management responsibility for DESIGN Canberra, including governance, fundraising and high-level marketing and publicity. We are the central repository and contact point for a diverse range of presenters who engage with the festival. We manage a festival website on which all events will be listed and coordinate Design Canberra social media. These are the main channels to access the program for most attendees. In 2018, DESIGN Canberra had more than 700,000 social media impressions and 164,000 web page views. 

We produce and distribute a hard-copy festival flyer for high-level promotion and featured events and exhibitions. We send electronic newsletters to DESIGN Canberra followers who have been signing up since 2014. We will engage with selected proposals on cross-promotion and DESIGN Canberra branding requirements.

DESIGN Canberra provides a platform for linking makers and designers with new audiences and forging collaborations and marketplace connections. In 2018, artists and designers in DESIGN Canberra generated over $170,000 income directly through open studios, market sales and exhibitions. While we cannot provide funding for projects in the festival, we encourage you to include in your program a way to generate income to support your practice and project. This could include selling your work and/or charging a ticket price. DESIGN Canberra is also open to seeking collaborative funding opportunities for appropriate projects.

 

I’ve submitted my proposal. What next? 

Thank you for submitting a proposal to DESIGN Canberra. We can’t wait to hear what you have in mind and hope to work with you to present an inspiring and creative festival in 2019.

We hope to let you know by 5 April 2019 if your proposal will be included in the 2019 festival program.

A curatorial panel will review the proposals and determine which ideas make a good fit with the 2019 festival program. The panel will include the Artistic Director and Project Manager of DESIGN Canberra as well as members of the Design Canberra committee of cross-disciplinary experts and collaborators.


What if my proposal is accepted?

Congratulations! Your event will be included in DESIGN Canberra 2019.

Once we advise that your proposal has been accepted, we will ask you for additional information for marketing and promotional purposes. This will include text and images, with credits, that we can use on the DESIGN Canberra website.

We will ask for evidence of your public liability insurance (PLI) coverage. If you are a Craft ACT member, your membership also buys you PLI coverage.

We will also provide you with DESIGN Canberra key promotional dates and information about how we can best promote your project and how you can best promote your participation in DESIGN Canberra.

The festival has a growing, but still limited, budget for marketing. Increasing public and interstate recognition of the festival is where the bulk of that money goes and that is in the interest of all participants. Running a successful project or event in DESIGN Canberra is a collaborative endeavour. We require you to bring your audiences to DESIGN Canberra and in turn we will bring awareness of the DESIGN Canberra audience to your project. In our experience, projects in the festival are successful when all parties actively promote their participation to their own networks and communities, and we share in each other’s hard work.


Requirements

You will be responsible for:

  • Organisation of your activity
  • Staffing during your activity
  • All relevant insurances and public liability (Craft ACT members have insurance included in their membership)
  • Ensuring safety of any/all participants for your activity
  • All costs associated with your activity
  • Delivery of promotional information by due dates (as requested by Craft ACT) to be used for promotional purposes
  • Completing a brief survey at the end for reporting purposes

 

What happens if my proposal is not successful?

We will let you know if your proposal is not accepted. Please don’t be discouraged or disheartened if your proposal is unsuccessful. It simply is not possible to include all proposals in the program. There are many ways to be involved in the festival; we also welcome volunteers to help on a range of programs. We hope to see you at the festival.


Fees, charges and ticketing

In response to audience feedback, all ticketing will be managed by DESIGN Canberra. Free events will not incur any fees or charges and paid ticketed events will incur a 20% commission on ticket sales.

Commercial operators who wish to participate may be invited to become a sponsor of the festival where appropriate, or will be charged a participation fee commensurate with the event. Advertising packages are also available. For more information contact designcanberra@craftact.org.au

 


DESIGN Canberra 

4–24 November 2019

DESIGN Canberra has resonated with Canberrans, the design sector and design lovers near and far because design is in Canberra’s DNA. From the time of Walter and Marion Griffin's visionary design a century ago, to iconic experimental architecture of the 1950s and 60s, through to contemporary and sustainable design developments today, Canberra has been — and always will be — a living design laboratory.

From 4-24 November 2019, DESIGN Canberra will transform the nation’s capital, hosting over 150 events. Now in its 6th year, DESIGN Canberra increases its reach and engagement each year, linking makers and designers with new audiences and forging unexpected collaborations and marketplace connections. DESIGN Canberra is the major outreach activity of Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, a not-for-profit membership-based organisation which supports artists, craft practitioners, designers and makers at every stage of their careers.

Call for Expressions of Interest to Participate - Open Studios

Open Studios have been a feature of DESIGN Canberra since the 2014 festival. An Open Studio is a unique opportunity for the general public to engage directly with artists and designers, to learn about, and hopefully to purchase, their work. Collectively, the program also makes an invaluable contribution to DESIGN Canberra’s efforts to create a culture that values craft artists and designers and the work they produce. As we work hard to attract new and more diverse audiences for design, Open Studios are a revealing part of the festival’s offering and one of the main ways we aim to give benefit back to Craft ACT members.

Each year DESIGN Canberra gains more experience in what makes an Open Studio successful for both makers and attendees. Building on lessons learned in 2017, in 2018 we grouped studios together by location so that audiences could easily visit a number of studios in one outing and we continued standardised opening times for each Saturday from 11am – 4pm. In addition to this, we implemented a postcard flyer with each weekend's studio adresses and provided new corflute signage. These changes benefited the program, which received over 3,800 attendees over the three days. 

There are ideas from successful Open Studios, both practical and creative, you may want to consider in thinking about hosting an open studio that works for you and the visitors to the studio:

  • Ceramicist Bev Hogg makes an event of her annual open studio, now timed to coincide with Design Canberra. She enlists multiple volunteer helpers to be on hand to greet and talk to visitors, serves food, has music and promotes as heavily as possible through social media and other communication channels;
  • Textiles artist Annie Trevillian also has multiple helpers on hand, who are able to greet visitors and sell work to people in an especially set up area downstairs, while upstairs she is able to display and speak to visitors about her work, practice and process.
  • For two years now, a collective of makers have held "Tea in the Potters Garden", an open studio at Watson Arts Centre that combined the ritual of tea drinking with their sale of ceramics. They also incorporated musicians and florists and promoted the event heavily using beautiful photographs through social media (do you see a trend developing here about the use of social media… )
  • Wood artist Hiroshi Yamaguchi had flocks of people, especially families, to his studio where he was offering chopstick making workshops. For a small cost, visitors could make their chopsticks and take them home.
  • In brief, it’s worth thinking about how you can do something to create an experience for visitors while being authentic to your craft. 

Prior to the festival, Craft ACT will run a professional development workshop for members in hosting a successful open studio. Details will be released closer to the date.


Who can hold an Open Studio?

All open studios nominated by Craft ACT members will be accepted. Open studio events nominated by non-members will be included by selection by Craft ACT and that selection will be final. Past experience has shown that people are more interested in studios of makers than professional environments such as architecture offices, however, we welcome nominations from all different types of studios.


When to hold your Open Studio:

We will run Open Studios on each Saturday of the festival - Saturday 09, 16 and 23 November. Our aim will be to cluster the studios together by location to make it as easy as possible for attendees. The opening times will be 11am-4pm each of those days.

As you fill out the form you will be asked about your preference among those dates and we will do our best to meet people's requests. We would ask that you please be as flexible as possible when indicating your availability, as it is always tricky to accommodate everyone's first preferences.


What is involved:

You will be responsible for:

  • Organisation of  your Open Studio
  • Staffing during your Open Studio
  • All relevant insurances and public liability (Craft ACT Accredited Professional Members and Associate Members have insurance included in their membership)
  • Ensuring safety of any/all participants for your Open Studio
  • All costs associated with your Open Studio
  • Payment of the Participation Fee (for non-members of Craft ACT)
  • Delivery of promotional information by due dates (as requested by Craft ACT) to be used for promotional purposes
  • Keeping a count of visitors (where possible)
  • Completing a short survey for reporting purposes


What will DESIGN Canberra do?

DESIGN Canberra festival will manage the Open Studios program overall, including selecting and coordinating open dates and times among the nominated studios. 

DESIGN Canberra will promote the Open Studios program through the festival’s marketing and publicity. 

We will provide signage for outside the studio and make A2 posters available for studio holders to collect from Craft ACT and display in the week(s) leading up to your event.


Participation fee

Hosting an Open Studio in DESIGN Canberra is free to members of Craft ACT: Craft & Design Centre

For non-members, if your proposal is accepted, you will be asked to pay a Participation Fee, of $110, when you provide your final information. Become a member of Craft ACT – membership starts from $66.

DESIGN Canberra 

4–24 November 2019 

DESIGN Canberra is calling for projects for the 2019 festival that celebrate and promote Canberra as a living design laboratory, a global city of design.

DESIGN Canberra has resonated with ever-increasing audiences near and far because design is in our city’s DNA.  DESIGN Canberra is a powerful platform to promote design and the work of designers. Presented annually since 2014, DESIGN Canberra has grown to embrace a regional and global focus, becoming a critical and collaborative forum for contemporary, relevant, experimental and authentic design.

DESIGN Canberra is also the ACT’s fastest growing festival. 2018 was an amazing year of growth, inspiration, excellence and engagement – a result of creative collaborations and strategic partnerships with Canberra’s craft and design sector and the broader community. In 2018, over 112,000 people engaged with the festival’s curated program of exhibitions, talks, tours, collaborations, open homes and artist studios, activations and markets showcasing the best in design. 

LIVING ROOMS: Architecture + design + craft = an open home with a difference. 

As part of DESIGN Canberra 2019, explore the living rooms of acclaimed Canberra houses and discover pop-up exhibitions with works on sale by local artists, makers and craft practitioners. Enjoy a progressive exhibition as you take in the beauty of design in our own backyard.

Program Overview

Living Rooms is DESIGN Canberra’s showcase of the best architect-designed houses in Canberra which offer an insight into different housing typologies, showing firsthand the impact of good design on day-to-day living.  

Each open home will have a specially curated pop-up exhibition of work by emerging designers and craft practitioners; typically in dining rooms or on kitchen benches, with work on display for sale to the public. These artists are Craft ACT members.
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Opening homes to the public on each Sunday of the festival, Living Rooms shines the light on the value of engaging an architect and celebrates architecture, design and craft in Canberra. We are calling out for architecturally designed or renovated homes to feature in the 2019 Living Rooms program. 

Selection Criteria

The House:

  • Is designed by an architect or features a renovation by an architect
  • Demonstrates design excellence which enhance people’s health and wellbeing and provides a sense of delight.
  • Ideally located in the inner North or South of Canberra.

The Owner / Architect is:

  • Willing and able to be open to the general public for between 1-2 hours on one Sunday during the festival – either 10, 17 or 24 November.  Opening date and time will be confirmed closer to the festival.
  • Willing to open the main living areas of the home to the public.  Other areas, such as bedrooms and bathrooms, do not need to be open to the public.  A request for guests to remove their shoes can also be specified.
  • Willing and able to host a pop-up exhibition of a craft artist or designer within the home on the open day.  The exhibition will be curated to be in sympathy with the home and at a manageable scale.
  • The owner and/or architect will identify and remove, or address, any hazards prior to opening.
  • Willing to promote their involvement in the Living Rooms program through their networks.

The Architect is:

  • Present during the opening of the home and willing to engage with the public about design.
  • Willing to complete a Project Description pro-forma and provide high quality images of the project for use in the Promotional Flyer.

  

DESIGN Canberra's Role

DESIGN Canberra will curate, manage and promote the Living Rooms program.

Specifically this includes the selection of houses and pop-up exhibitions for inclusion in the program, tailor the pop-up exhibition for each house, nominating the open house dates and times, liaising between all the participants and promoting the Living Rooms through the festival’s marketing campaign. 

DESIGN Canberra will provide:

  • An “on-the-day checklist” for owners / architects
  • Curators who will ‘bump in and bump out’ the pop-up exhibitions, in consultation with the owner.
  • Volunteers who will provide a moveable sign for placing on the verge, greet the public and hand out festival programs, survey and flyers.
  • A Promotional Flyer for each house.
  • A detailed risk management plan

Living Rooms is proudly supported by home. by holly (Holly Komorowski) and Rolfe Classic BMW. Holly will welcome visitors as they arrive, and BMW may display a car in the driveway which aligns with the architecture of the house.  

Costs

A Participation Fee of $250.00 (incl. GST) for AIA members and $500 (incl. GST) for non-members, which contributes to the costs of managing, resourcing and promoting the Living Room program, is payable in full to Craft ACT within 21 days of acceptance of an offer to participate.  It is non-refundable.  Payment of fees confirms participation and promotion in DESIGN Canberra.

Selection Process & Program

DESIGN Canberra will call for Expressions of Interest from architects or owners.  Houses that best contribute to aims of the Living Rooms program will be invited to confirm their participation in the program, with payment of the Participation Fee due within 21 days of acceptance.

DESIGN Canberra will contact participants in early October to facilitate preparations for the open houses. 

DESIGN Canberra festival is from the 4 to 24 November 2019
 

Craft ACT's Accredited Professional Membership fee is $250.00, we will contact you to make payment after your application has been approved.

ASSESSMENT PROCESS 

Accredited Professional members are the top rung of the Craft ACT ladder: professional craft practitioners and designers whose outstanding contributions demonstrate a high standard of artistic merit and technical skill who have local, national and international experience and standing.

You need to demonstrate at least three examples of international activity (exhibitions, workshops, residencies); these could only be substituted by inclusion in national events that showcase artistic excellence. 

The Craft ACT Membership Sub-committee of peers will assess applicants. If APM status is not granted, applicants may be advised to apply for Associate Membership (AM) and build up their CV. 

Craft ACT will notify applicants of their status within four weeks; if you require your application to be expedited please get in touch. 

Please read through the APM information package, member benefits and insurance information documents available on the membership page of our website  and if necessary to contact Craft ACT at membership@craftact.org.au before submitting an application.

ACCREDITATION REQUIREMENTS

Criteria

  •   Artistic Merit - demonstrate excellence of artistic merit. 
  •   Innovation - demonstrate an evolution in the concepts of their work.
  •   Technical Skill - demonstrate a high standard of technical skill. 
  •   Professional Standing - submit a CV demonstrating ongoing professional activities in both your specialised field and the broader arts sector, with a national and international profile.

Eligibility 

  • Individuals whose work demonstrates a consistent, high level of artistic and technical standard are eligible to apply for Accredited Professional Membership. 
  • Applicants should have a professional approach to their work and to the business of maintaining a professional career, though it is not essential to be full time artists.
  • It is not a requirement for applicants to have undertaken formal studies. 
  • Applications are ineligible where work submitted is undergraduate work. Applications by postgraduate students will be considered on a case-by-case basis according to prior practice.


Craft ACT is always in need of professional publication quality images of our members work, please assist us to ensure the information and images we have reflect your current practice.

Craft ACT's Associate Membership fee is $250.00, we will contact you to make payment after your application has been approved.

ASSESSMENT PROCESS 

Craft ACT Associate Members (AM) are a mix of emerging and established professional craft practitioners and designers who have strong local experience and engagement. This membership level includes a Public Liability and Personal Accident Insurance package. It is also a stepping stone to our Accredited Professional Membership. All AM and APM members receive dedicated professional support and opportunities from Craft ACT.  

Applications are welcome to apply anytime during the year. Please ensure that you meet and address the criteria requirements below and understand member benefits and insurance information. If you have questions, email membership@craftact.org.au before you submit your application. 

The Craft ACT Membership Sub-committee will assess the application.  Craft ACT will notify applicants of their status within four weeks; if you require your application to be expedited, please get in touch.

Eligibility 

Individuals whose work demonstrates a consistent, high level of artistic and technical standard are eligible to apply for Associate Membership. 

  • Applicants should have a professional approach to their work and to the business of developing and maintaining a professional career. 
  • It is not a requirement for applicants to have undertaken formal studies. 
  • This membership level is open to professional craft practitioners and designers seeking insurance to support their professional practices. 

  Assessment Criteria 

  • Artistic Merit: the primary criterion is a demonstrated high level of artistic merit. 
  • Technical Skill: applicants should demonstrate a high standard of technical skill. 
  • Professional Standing: applicants must submit a CV demonstrating professional activities in their specialised field and speak to their ongoing commitment to their practice. 


Do you have an exhibition you would like to list for free in the DESIGN Canberra 2019 festival program?


About DESIGN Canberra 

DESIGN Canberra is calling for projects for the 2019 festival that celebrate and promote Canberra as a living design laboratory, a global city of design.

DESIGN Canberra has resonated with ever-increasing audiences near and far because design is in our city’s DNA.  DESIGN Canberra is a powerful platform to promote design and the work of designers. Presented annually since 2014, DESIGN Canberra has grown to embrace a regional and global focus, becoming a critical and collaborative forum for contemporary, relevant, experimental and authentic design.

DESIGN Canberra is also the ACT’s fastest growing festival. 2018 was an amazing year of growth, inspiration, excellence and engagement – a result of creative collaborations and strategic partnerships with Canberra’s craft and design sector and the broader community. In 2018, over 112,000 people engaged with the festival’s curated program of exhibitions, talks, tours, collaborations, open homes and artist studios, activations and markets showcasing the best in design. 

Head to designcanberrafestival.com.au to find out more.

Eligibility 

DESIGN Canberra reserves the right to exclude exhibition listing submissions if the Selection Committee believes they are not sufficiently relevant to contemporary craft and design practice. 

Note that exhibitions can include dates before or after 4–24 November, but must have some overlap with DESIGN Canberra dates to be included in the 2019 program.

What will DESIGN Canberra do to support my exhibition?

DESIGN Canberra is the major outreach activity of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre. In 2018, we attracted over 110,000 people to the festival.

Craft ACT curates the festival program, presenting opening and keynote events and exhibitions that form the backbone of the festival and providing a context for the events, exhibitions and activities of other presenters. We work with a network of stakeholders to present the festival and are generously supported and inspired by our design-focused corporate sponsors including Canberra Centre, Rolfe Classic BMW, home.by holly, University of Canberra, Cre8ive, the Australian National University and Vibe Hotel. Events ACT provide ACT Government funding to underpin the presentation of the festival. The ACT Government has committed to fund the festival every year from 2017-2020. This is a time for growth and long-term ambition.

Craft ACT has overall management responsibility for DESIGN Canberra, including governance, fundraising and high-level marketing and publicity. We are the central repository and contact point for a diverse range of presenters who engage with the festival. We manage a festival website on which all events will be listed and coordinate Design Canberra social media. These are the main channels to access the program for most attendees. In 2018, DESIGN Canberra had more than 700,000 social media impressions and 164,000 web page views. 

We produce and distribute a hard-copy festival flyer for high-level promotion and featured events and exhibitions. We send electronic newsletters to DESIGN Canberra followers who have been signing up since 2014. We will engage with selected proposals on cross-promotion and DESIGN Canberra branding requirements.

DESIGN Canberra participants are responsible for:

  • Overall organisation of your DESIGN Canberra exhibition
  • All staffing during your DESIGN Canberra exhibition
  • All relevant insurances and public liability for your DESIGN Canberra exhibition
  • Ensuring safety of any/all participants for your DESIGN Canberra exhibition
  • All costs associated with your DESIGN Canberra exhibition such as signage, catering etc.
  • Delivery of promotional information by due dates (as requested by Craft ACT) to be used for promotional purposes
  • Completing a brief survey at the end for reporting purposes



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