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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.


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