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Do you have an exhibition you would like to list in the DESIGN Canberra 2018 festival program?

About DESIGN Canberra

From 5-25 November 2018, DESIGN Canberra will transform the nation’s capital, hosting over 100 events. Now in its 5th 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. 

2017 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. Last year, over 94,000 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.



DESIGN Canberra exhibition listings are by invitation only. 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 5–25 November, but must have some overlap with DESIGN Canberra dates to be included in the 2018 program.

What will DESIGN Canberra do to support my exhibition?

DESIGN Canberra is the major outreach activity of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre. Last year, we attracted over 94,000 people to the festival.

We curate the festival program: we present opening and keynote events and exhibitions that form the backbone of the festival and provide 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 Rolfe Classic BMW, home.by holly, and Vibe hotel. Events ACT provide ACT Government funding to underpin the presentation of the festival. In the lead up to the 2016 ACT election, the ACT Government 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 2017, DESIGN Canberra had more than 700,000 social media impressions and 106,000 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 event
  • All staffing during your DESIGN Canberra event
  • All relevant insurances and public liability for your DESIGN Canberra event
  • Ensuring safety of any/all participants for your DESIGN Canberra event
  • All costs associated with your DESIGN Canberra event such as signage, catering etc.
  • Delivery of promotional information by due dates (as requested by Craft ACT) to be used for promotional purposes

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