5–25 November 2018
Canberra is calling for projects that celebrate and promote Canberra as a
living design laboratory, a global city of design.
your proposals by 30 April 2018.
The shape of things to come
The ACT’s fastest growing
festival, DESIGN Canberra 2018 will celebrate the strong geometry present throughout
our city and the ways it creates human, creative and global connections from
Australia’s city of design.
Geometry is everywhere we
look: inscribed on the earth, in our buildings and our city’s plan. Geometry
contrasts with and responds to the surrounding landscape by creating borders
and forming spaces. These spaces define Canberra. Triangles, concentric circles
and arcs connect major avenues and underlie the city’s early planning.
We are calling for design
projects to feature during the festival that reference or respond to geometry,
Canberra’s distinctive form. While geometry is etched in the history of our
city, it also establishes a blueprint for the shape of things to come and is
rich with possibilities.
As well as celebrating our
distinct geometric structure and visual language, this year DESIGN Canberra
will emphasise the ephemeral nature of a festival. A design festival is by its
nature an ephemeral intervention. Because of its temporary existence, we can
widen boundaries, energise spaces and places, change perceptions, and look
closely or with new eyes at our surroundings. The ephemeral unlocks novel opportunities for
experimentation, transformation, problem solving and imaginative possibilities.
Organisers have heeded the
call from DESIGN Canberra’s 2017 keynote speaker, New York Times design critic Alice Rawsthorn, to take seriously
design’s responsibility as an agent for positive change in society. We hope to
include in the 2018 program a public dialogue about the role and impact of
design on the community, and how design can make life better.
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
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
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.
How can I get involved?
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.
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.
are welcome for:
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.
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. 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.
Please note that we
can’t provide travel or reimbursement for travel costs for your involvement in
the festival. Although we cannot provide artist fees, 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. In 2017,
artists and designers in DESIGN Canberra generated nearly over $142,000 income
directly through open studio, market sales and exhibitions.
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
We hope to let
you know by 17 May 2018 if your proposal will be included in the 2018
A curatorial panel
will review the proposals and determine which ideas make a good fit with the
2018 festival program. The panel will include the Artistic Director
and Project Manager of DESIGN Canberra as well as two members of the
Design Canberra committee of cross-disciplinary experts and collaborators.
What if my proposal
event will be included in DESIGN Canberra 2018.
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 do what we can to 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.
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
- All costs associated with your activity
- Delivery of promotional information by due
dates (as requested by Craft ACT) to be used for promotional purposes
What happens if my
proposal is not successful?
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. If you’d like to be involved in the
festival, we welcome volunteers and interns to help on a range of programs. We
hope to see you at the festival.
Fees and charges
In most instances, DESIGN Canberra does not charge a fee to participate in the festival. DESIGN Canberra relies on the generous support of sponsors and
partners to deliver a quality, creative and engaging program of events.
Commercial operators or entities may be invited to become a sponsor of the
festival where appropriate. Commercial operators who wish to participate
without sponsoring the festival will be charged a participation fee or commission,
commensurate with the event. Advertising packages will also be available. For
more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org