A new home for Australian Design

We've built a new Australian Design Centre

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by anonymous on Monday 25 May 2015.

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Come and check out the new Australian Design Centre at 101-115 William Street, Darlinghurst from May 26, 2015. It's the new address in town where people can test and trial, prod and poke, and be inspired by the most innovative work in the country.

From being a single gallery space, we’re transforming Object into a substantially more multifaceted organisation. We’re growing to include a bigger showcasing space, workshop spaces including dedicated areas for children and launching a new artist in residence program.

While we’ve been helping Australian design grow over the last 50 years, the very concept of design has been growing too. As well as representing many different fields of creative practice, design has become an entirely new way of thinking – an adventurous and adaptable way of doing things.

At our new Centre, we’re not only going to make Australian design stronger – we’re going to make Australia stronger, through design. To do this we’ve made some exciting changes: to our name, our address and even the way we engage audiences.

William Street creative hub

The new venue is surrounded by the density and creativity of Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and the Sydney CBD. Inheriting the former Ferrari and Maserati showroom premises on William Street, the new location propels the ADC boldly into the city.

It takes over three shop-fronts on ground-floor level, and will undoubtedly contribute to the busy street life of the area. “The new location enables us to match the needs of our fast-paced city, host citywide conversations and travel at the speed of culture”, Steven Pozel said.

Object has a strong reputation in the community for being adaptable and constantly evolving to meet change. “A new space with high visibility, access and inclusion was critical for their next incarnation, and the City has been able to help them fulfill that need at the William Street Creative Hub”. Lord Mayor Clover Moore, said.

The creative hub on William Street is already home to many exciting organizations including global co-working organization Hub Sydney and the iconic Romance Was Born fashion label.

“We’re thrilled to round out the tenancy of the building and look forward to partnering with our neighbour’s and providing exciting new opportunities for our audiences”. Object’s Head of Programs, Claire McCaughan commented.

First cab(s) off the rank

In 2015 its time to celebrate and build on fifty strong years as a champion of Australian contemporary craft and design. And what better way to launch than with a program that celebrates the country’s best thinkers and makers.

As the Centre opens its doors, they also unveil the first cohort of Australian Design honorees, a handpicked selection of leading Australian Designers, thinkers, makers and innovators, saluting 50 years of outstanding Australian design and growing a resource dedicated to promoting and advocating for Australian design on the world stage.

The Australian Design Honours program will evolve as an online hub and publishing platform as well as a physical exhibition showcase. On May 26 the ADC announces the first 50 honorees online and celebrates the work of Honouree and digital artist Lukasz Karluk in the space. Karluk’s work is an interactive sculpture that allows the public both inside and outside of the Centre to contribute to the work.

We couldn’t do this without the shared vision of some extra special supporters

Throughout the process of designing our new Centre and building the future, we’ve welcomed some very important people to our family. We couldn’t do what we’re doing without the shared vision of our extra special supporters.

Those Architects are the creative force to leading the design of the new Centre, creating the space where people can do more than visit an exhibition.

Construction of the new space has been made possible through the support of our innovative construction partner Built.

Interbrand continues to work with us day-to-day, hour-to-hour on crystalising our new vision, brand and the way we engage with audiences that comes alive in the new Centre and online.

Wilson Fletcher* are taking us digital in a bigger way than we’ve known before. We’ll start small – an agile approach – that enables us to grow and expand, when and where we need to over the coming years.

It has been through the support of the City of Sydney via a new accommodation grant that has enabled the ADC to increase their footprint, improve their public visibility and engagement, and redistribute important finances into their programs.

The Australian Design Centre and its programs are supported by the State Government through Arts NSW and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts and the Visions of Australia: Regional Exhibition Touring Fund.

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