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Performers needed for CUSP, no experience necessary!

Super Critical Mass is a sound-art design team who are creating “Pivotal”, a multi-screen video installation work and performance for CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade.  And they need you! They’re inviting people ‘en masse’ to perform simple vocal tasks such as humming and singing long notes to create an ambient and immersive work.  You don’t have to be a trained singer - in fact, your individual vocal sounds are what the guys are looking for.

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Make.Play Workshop—Floral Crowns

Sadly it was the final week of MAKE.PLAY workshops for this season at Object Gallery last week. But what a way to finish off!

The uber talented floral & botanical stylist Aleksandra came to teach a group of very enthusiastic girls on their school holidays how to make floral crowns from fresh blooms.

Aleks arrived, straight from the Sydney Flower Markets loaded with seasonal fresh flowers to be used in the workshop. We all looked like walking floral arrangements, tramping down Bourke Street with our arms piled high with bright colours and foliage.

Aleks is known for her incredible floral creations, which are normally seen at weddings and swanky events in and around Sydney, but for this workshop it was all about a bit of adornment for your head. Flowers were carefully threaded onto string, one after the other to create a garland of flowers. Aleks expertly guided the girls on colour choices and types of flowers so that everyone left with a stunning creation.

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JamFactory Looking For An Assistant Curator

JamFactory, a leading centre for contemporary craft and design located in Adelaide, is looking for an assistant curator to join their team. The position is funded through the Australia Council Curatorial Fellowship Grant, and is a 12-month opportunity for an emerging curator.

You should have some curatorial experience, and will need to address the selection criteria—you can download the job description here.

Closing date for applications is Friday 3 May, so don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to join a great team at a wonderful organisation!

Applications should be posted to: Margaret Hancock Davis, JamFactory, 19 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA 5000 or e-mailed to margaret.hancockdavis@jamfactory.com.au.

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Australian Design Centre at Barangaroo

Did you happen to pick up the Australian Financial Review on Wednesday? If so you might have noticed their media exclusive on page 39 announcing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Lend Lease and Object to find a new permanent home for us within Barangaroo South.

The announcement is a big one in Object’s 48-year history and it significantly advances the realisation of our 2015 Vision to become the Australian Design Centre. From Object’s Director Steven Pozel: ‘Our vision is to enable everyday people to explore the potential of design in our lives by making design central to tackling big challenges.’

Stay tuned in coming weeks for Object’s own announcement about what this means for us, with further details about our current work, including our groundbreaking exhibition opening in July, CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade. CUSP has been developed as a ‘prototype’ of the kind of show you will see at the Australian Design Centre of the future.

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Go, go, go Global!

This year’s GoGlobal was truly global! This fabulous, annual collaborative project links the global giants in design education and innovation with students to develop solutions to world wide problems. This year the Innovation Design Engineering masters students at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, partnered with the School of Architecture and the School of Design students at UTS to focus on sporting challenges inspired by the Paralympics at the London Games in 2012, coming together at Object Gallery to host this one-night-only event.

Taking the challenge students really had to put their grey matter to work.

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WOOD: art design architecture at JamFactory

Co-curators of WOOD: art design architecture, Elliat Rich and Brian Parkes, have created a little wooden forest of objects for us to float around and get lost in. The insightful duo have collected together the sublime works of 28 talented contemporary Australian artists, designers, and architects and created an engaging celebration of all things wood.

The exhibition of these works is a wonderful exploration of the historical, technological, and social significance of this ancient material.

Even though wood appears to be a simple, static material to work with, it is often not the case. Wood can crack, expand, and warp (I have experienced all three of these occurrences at once), and only the most skilled craftspeople can get the most out of this deceptively problematic substance.

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Chippendale Precinct Audio Design Museum launched

We’ve just launched the next addition in our suite of Audio Design Museum tours and it’s a gem! The Chippendale Precinct Audio Design Museum focuses on the riches of this great little suburb, which sits quietly between Broadway and Cleveland Street and is just waiting to be discovered.

If you are returning to the Audio Design Museum you’ll notice that it is a little different to some of the others before it. Each of the tracks is designed be heard either as accompaniment to your wanderings or as stand alone audio—you can listen and watch the tracks in the comfort of your own home or as you hang out at one of the cool cafes or noodle bars hidden along the way.

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Make Your Own Terrarium Make.Play Workshop

This blog post has been kindly written by one of our recent MAKE.PLAY workshop hosts, Stefanie Ingram. Stef hosted the Create a Terrarium Workshop inside the MAKE.PLAY space and here is her account of how the workshop went, originally posted on her blog and reposted here with permission. Stef works as a stylist for magazines such as Frankie and you can read all about her work on her blog.

A couple weeks back I hosted a DIY Terrarium making course at Object Gallery in Surry Hills. I’m always a little nervous when it comes to teaching, but this ended up being a really fun experience and something I will remember as a highlight in my styling career.

It was very interesting for me to witness the creative decisions people made when it came to choosing a vessel; deciding upon which plants to use; the arrangement and order in which they planted them; and the final touches of incorporating figurines.I was blown away at how different everyone’s terrariums turned out, despite the fact that most of the materials used to make these crazy little sceneries were the same to begin with.

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Robert Baines: Metal arrives in Maitland.

Here i am, on day two of the Robert Baines: Metal install at Maitland Regional Gallery, near the beautiful Hunter Valley in NSW.

A beautiful old building houses a very modern group of galleries. A great install team and volunteers are making the install go smoothly.

Robert Baines will be coming up for the opening saturday afternoon and will follow with one of his stimulating artist talks, so if you are in or around Sydney or Newcastle and are looking for something to see, why not take a leisurely drive north to Maitland to see this wonderful exhibition at its second last venue on its tour.

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Call For Papers—c+de.

The craft + design enquiry e-journal published by the Australian National University is currently calling for papers for issue #6, due out in 2014. To complement their ‘Themed’ section, c+de has introduced an ‘Open’ section for this upcoming issue.

The ‘Open’ section will ‘publish selected papers on any aspect of contemporary craft and design research.’ The ‘Themed’ section is calling for papers exploring the ideas of ‘Craft-Material-Memory’, guest edited by Anne Brennan and Patsy Hely.

Abstracts for the ‘Themed’ section by 30 April 2013, with final papers in both sections due by 30 June 2013. Download the call for papers for more information, including how to submit.

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