DESIGN Canberra 2018
LIVING ROOMS: Architecture + design + craft = an open home with a difference.
As part of DESIGN Canberra 2018, 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.
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. Not a member? Join today!
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 2018 Living Rooms program.
- Is designed by an
architect or features a renovation by an architect
design excellence which enhance people’s health and wellbeing and provides a sense
- 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 11, 18 or 25th 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 social media
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
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.
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 in April 2018. Houses that best contribute to aims of the
Living Rooms program will be invited to confirm their participation in the
program in early May 2018, 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.
festival is from the 5th to the 25th of November 2018