Design Canberra relaunches in-person festival

In its first in-person event in two years, annual festival Design Canberra returns in 2022 for its ninth edition following its postponement due to COVID-19 last year.

Design Canberra is the primary outreach program for the ACT’s Craft and Design Centre, which promotes and celebrates artists, designers and craft practitioners.

This year’s festival explores the theme “Transformation”, inviting audiences to consider how design can transform the city, the community and the world through creative practice.

The 2022 program features more than 200 events, including talks, tours, exhibitions, public art installations, workshops and symposiums, with open-studio access to more than 77 Canberra-based artists and designers.

Design Canberra chief executive and artistic director Jodie Cunningham said Canberra’s design community is looking forward to coming back together to engage the community in important dialogues and programs that speak to a collective design future.

“With a highly anticipated return to a full physical festival, this year’s program is delivered through collaboration between artists, designers, craftspeople, industry, sponsors, educational institutions, organisations and supporters – all of whom contribute to Canberra’s world class design community,” said Cunningham.

Contemporary Architecture Tour: Crace Eclectic House by Megaflora.

Contemporary Architecture Tour: Crace Eclectic House by Megaflora.


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The festival includes four symposiums with high-profile keynote speakers including authors Elizabeth Farrelly and Tony Fry, and artists Blanche Tilden and Tom Moore, covering conversations around design futures, urban planning, craft and design practice, and public art.

In architecture talks, the “Design Revisited” series, supported by the Alistair Swayne Foundation, will be a unique opportunity to celebrate architectural history and design excellence in a city of design.

Architectural tours will provide an opportunity to explore some of the city’s modernist architectural homes, including Karma House by Derek Wrigley and Little Loft House, currently under renovation by Light House Architecture and Science.

Other highlights include the hidden secrets of the Australian National University, exploring the hidden tunnels beneath the campus built post World War II; a close look at the heritage-listed Verity Lane Market at the heart of Canberra; and a tour of Calthorpes’ House, built 1927, which epitomizes Canberra design in the 1920s.

The festival will run for two weeks, from 2 until 20 November. To view the full program or to book tickets, visit the Design Canberra Festival website.