Design Canberra Festival 2020

When: 9-29 November, 2020
Where: Various locations, see website for details
How much: Various prices, see individual events for details
More info: DESIGN Canberra website

Now in its seventh iteration, the DESIGN Canberra festival celebrates the history and future of Australia’s capital as a global city of design and a living design laboratory. With humanity facing unprecedented challenges including climate change and a global health pandemic, this year’s festival focuses on the theme ‘care’. Over the course of the three-week festival, the city and its surrounds will be transformed into a platform for over 200 events, including exhibitions, talks, tours, films, installations, open studios and workshops. To help you get an early grip on the very jam-packed rotation of events, we’ve put together a short-list of our top picks.

This is Suburbia

Canberra Contemporary Art Space

This panel discussion considers the uncertainty and opportunity of 2020’s rapid changes in relation to the suburban environment and the role of caring design in future suburban developments, as we adapt to a post-pandemic world. Speakers include architect and urbanist Shelley Penn and Green the Street founder, urban designer and place maker Catherine Simpson. More info here.

Shine Dome: Behind the Scenes Tour

15 Gordon St, Canberra

A small group architecture tour through rarely accessed areas of the iconic Shine Dome, designed by architect Roy Grounds. This tour illustrates the challenges facing iconic buildings – protecting their legacy, understanding their design, and managing environmental impacts, such as the 2020 hailstorms. Completed in 1959 and reflecting some of the more adventurous architectural ideas of that time, the Shine Dome remains one of the most distinctive buildings in Australia. Find out more here.

Meet the Makers

Various locations

Financial viability in the arts is essential to maximise the ability of artists to develop rigorous and sustainable creative practices, yet the Covid-19 crisis hit the arts hard. This panel discussion looks to find ways to support and sustain the creative community in Canberra, as well as Australia more broadly, in the wake of the global health crisis. Speakers include former NAVA Executive Director Esther Anatolitis, and A New Approach Program Director, Kate Fielding. Find out more here.

At Home Exhibition

The Mixing Room Gallery, Canberra

At Home presents a variety of ways in which we think about our homes: places of comfort, enjoyment, escapism and imagination. We fill our homes with memories, moments and objects that inspire and delight us. Sometimes we dream about leaving our homes, and other times our homes feel like they can be packed away. Find out more here.

To browse the full program of other talks, tours, workshops and exhibitions, navigate over to the DESIGN Canberra festival website here.

[Main image: work by David Barber, This is Suburbia, courtesy DESIGN Canberra Festival.]