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April is my favourite time of the year – a little bit chilly but still beautiful sunshine in Sydney. The perfect time to start making in earnest for the market season and gearing up for the craft and design fairs and festivals happening across the country. Later this month we head to Hobart for the Australian Ceramics Triennale where Prue Venables and I will preview the August launch of ADC on Tour exhibition Living Treasures Masters of Australian Craft | Prue Venables. Closer to home, applications close for WORKSHOPPED19 on 23 April. Applications to participate in the third Sydney Craft Week Festival open on 2 May.
Creative practitioners make beautiful work and some are also very active in using their work to express their views about current social, economic and environmental issues. No doubt there will continue to be important debate on immigration and asylum seeker policy in the upcoming Federal Election and so to stimulate our thinking we are presenting Island Welcome, the work of 16 contemporary artists who speak about these issues by creating their own versions of garlands as gestures of welcome. In The Teapot Project also opening from 11 April, Hendrik Forster and Kenny Son show us how manufacturing and the handmade can be fused to great effect. Our window gallery Object Space takes a slightly spooky turn with creatures out of the imagination of Suzanne McCrae.
On 11 April we will also launch the Sydney Issue of Garland Magazine. Read our contribution here.
2018 was a fantastic year for us at Australian Design Centre. We thank you for your participation in the many events and activities we presented throughout the year. Read all about it in our 2018 Annual Report.
We have had an amazing start to 2019 and thank the Jamfactory for trusting us to present their magnificent exhibition STEEL: art, design, architecture. The exhibition closes this Wednesday 3 April at 4pm.
I look forward to welcoming you to ADC soon.
CEO and Artistic Director