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The annual DESIGN Canberra Festival has today announced highlights for its ninth edition, unveiling an expansive program featuring more than 200 events that will be presented across the nation’s capital celebrating it as a global city of design, spanning two weeks from 2 until 20 November 2022.

Presented by Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, DESIGN Canberra 2022 explores the theme of Transformation, inviting audiences to speculate on how we might transform our city, our community and our world through design and creative practice. With a program comprising talks, tours, exhibitions, public art installations, workshops and symposiums, DESIGN Canberra highlights in 2022 include keynote speeches by authors Elizabeth Farrelly and Tony Fry, as well as by artists Blanche Tilden and Tom Moore; an exhibition celebrating contemporary Italian design; open studio access to more than 77 Canberra-based artists and designers; public art installations; architecture talks and tours; hands-on ‘nurture’ making workshops; and a Bauhaus influenced exhibition of light works.

Jodie Cunningham, CEO and Artistic Director, said ‘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. After postponing the festival in 2021 due to the pandemic, we are excited to again showcase the work of Canberra’s talented artists and designers and to engage our community in important dialogue and programs that speak to our collective design futures.’

DESIGN Canberra invited Canberra sculptor Lucy Irvine – whose work transforms the traditional craft practice of weaving into sculptural installations – to be the 2022 designer-in-residence. Responding to the theme of Transformation, Irvine created a signature work for Festival titled The Stills by revisiting two small sections of weaving, casting them in bronze, and employing repetition and pattern forming to show the iterative process of transformation. The Stills will be exhibited at Canberra Contemporary Art Space as part of the Home Made exhibition.

DESIGN Canberra is an annual festival which celebrates and promotes Canberra as a global city of design. Design is in Canberra’s DNA with First Nation people’s strong ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this city and region - in which making, and design are embedded within cultural practice. Canberra has always been a dynamic design laboratory and place of creative enterprise which is embodied in the Griffins’ visionary design for the city, Canberra’s iconic modernist architecture; and its thriving contemporary sustainable design, craft and art industries. The 2022 program represents DESIGN Canberra’s largest offering to date with highlights including symposiums, Architecture talks and tours, exhibitions, open studios, artist talks, nature workshops, art trails and awards. Tickets available for sale from 6pm Wednesday 17 August at

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