Design pageant enters a golden age 

CEO and creative director of Craft ACT Jodie Cunningham… says the Design Pageant Canberra will characteristic greater than 359 occasions. Photograph: Helen Musa

IF Craft ACT has something to do with it, the nation’s capital is about to bear an alchemical transformation with the arrival of the 2022 Design Canberra Pageant.

Operating till November 20, it neatly dovetails with the Canberra Artwork Biennial, which we lined some weeks in the past, and it indicators the ambition to have Canberra often called a worldwide metropolis of design.

CEO and creative director of Craft ACT Jodie Cunningham, herself a famous designer, says the pageant, which is the first outreach occasion for the 51-year-old craft organisation, will characteristic greater than 359 occasions, together with talks, artwork and architectural excursions, public artwork activations and kids’s workshops, all designed to remodel the CBD, Braddon and Dickson.

There shall be worldwide collaborations with Italy, NZ, Uruguay and Finland and an astonishing exhibition of sunshine work, “Aurora” by Wellington artist Tyler Jackson, that can rework Commonwealth Place till November 27.

“The idea is alchemy, which initially remodeled lead into stunning objects and there’ll be plenty of gold round,” Cunningham says, pointing to the golden-tiled pillars exterior the North Constructing in Civic Sq..

“How can we and may we rework our world via design?” she asks, declaring that the concept is impressed by the symbolism of gold, which additionally hyperlinks properly to Craft ACT’s covid-thwarted golden anniversary final yr.

With that in thoughts, a golden-bronze signature work, “The Stills”, has been commissioned from 2022 designer-in-residence, Lucy Irvine.

“The Stills”… commissioned from 2022 designer-in-residence, Lucy Irvine. Photograph: Lean Timms

A panel dialogue “remodeling Canberra” on the Shine Dome on November 5 will see architectural writer Elizabeth Farrelly in dialogue with city movers and shakers similar to Malcolm Snow, from the Metropolis Renewal Authority, and Johnathan Efkarpidis, from the Molonglo Group. 

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Actions are already starting on Civic Sq., the place the Second House gallery exterior the CMAG has been remodeled right into a pageant hub store filled with goodies together with a limited-edition vary of “Common Meeting” brooches created by modern jewellers Blanche Tilden and Phoebe Porter.

There’ll be exhibitions within the Canberra Theatre, a symposium on the CMAG, laneway activations, jazz each Friday evening and a public celebration with music, road meals and stay music in Civic Sq. from 2pm-7pm on November 5.

Harriet Schwarzrock… “It’s my neon and plasma work that has probably the most scope for transformation.” Photograph: Helen Musa

In search of a sensible instance of transformation, I hear that Cunningham could be taking Design Canberra guests there, I sprint throughout to the studios that Harriet Schwarzrock shares in Queanbeyan with Matt Curtis, to get a preview of the “sizzling work” she’s doing as she prepares the glass canes that shall be remodeled right into a neon-glass art work that “breathes” like the center.

“It’s my neon and plasma work that has probably the most scope for transformation,” Schwarzrock says, as she explains the transformation of gasoline into the “fourth state of matter”, plasma. 

Neon works illuminate after they come into the electro-magnetic discipline, which transforms them into plasma.

It’s named after plasma within the blood, “a beautiful hyperlink I feel as a result of I’m involved in circulation,” she says, referring to her well-known glass/neon “responsive” sculptures.

2022 Design Canberra Pageant, November 5-20. Curtis Glass Artwork, Queanbeyan, shall be open to the general public, 10am to 4pm on November 12.


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Ian Meikle, editor