Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design
Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW 14 February - 11 April 2015
Tuesday February 19 2013
During March & April, inside a specially created studio space inside Object Gallery, Object will be hosting a number of great workshops for adults & kids, called Make.Play.
The workshops are part of the many ways that Object supports local & emerging designers & creatives as well as nurturing the local community. Each workshop aims to share skills and encourage us all to become a little more ‘hands on’.
Facilitated by some of Australia’s design elite, the workshops include: terrarium making; card creating; floral masterpieces; macramé goodies; junk jewellery, and many more. You can learn how to weave with plastic bags, create a Mexican God’s Eye, learn how to maintain your trusty bike or even weave a basket.
Tuesday February 12 2013
Issue 63, available now for free as an iPad app download or for viewing on your browser, is the fourth digital edition of Object magazine, first published in print form over twenty years ago. After three previous apps, experimenting with digital publishing and how we can make the magazine experience more fun and engaging, issue 63 brought together all that we have learnt so far, funnelling them into a beautiful interactive experience.
And now the world is taking note! Today (February 12, 2013), issue 63 has been selected as the FWA Mobile of the Day, a huge honour both for Object and our Corporate Partners and talented collaborators Canvas Group. The FWA showcases digital projects that ‘use cutting edge technology, together with inspirational ideas, that lead the way for future generations.’ We’re very excited to be included amongst a long list of terrific projects, including apps for the likes of Mercedes, Lexus, MoMA and Disney.
Thursday January 24 2013
NAVA needs you! If you have a passion for Australian craft and design, and have experience in policy development and well developed program management skills, then this job might be for you.
Detailed information can be found here on the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) website. Applications due by COB on 4th February.
Friday January 18 2013
The New Year is always a good time to talk about goodwill. If you have read yesterday’s post you will already know a bit about Object’s Intern Program. And I’m one of three lucky people to be currently working with Object under as an intern. I came on board mid-November for a 3-month stint as Digital Intern working with the very capable Digital Programs Producer, Ross Colebatch. Under his guidance I’ve been cataloguing the archive, editing videos and researching material to expand Object’s digital presence and participation in championing all things Design.
Thursday January 17 2013
Object is on the hunt for talented graphic design students to undertake internships for 2013 at our Surry Hills office.
We are looking for two interns to work in our office on a variety of exciting projects. Internships are a minimum of 3 months long and we have two time slots available; March to July and from August to October 2013.
Wednesday January 09 2013
The latest issue of Object magazine, issue 63, has been nominated for a Pixel Award. Run since 2006, the Pixel Awards annually honour ‘compelling apps and sites that have shown excellence in design and development.’ This is the second Pixel Award nomination in the magazine category for Object — Object magazine issue 60 also received a nomination this time last year.
In each of the 24 categories there are five nominees, with two awards being given. Category awards are chosen by a panel of judges, proven innovators in their fields with a demonstrated knack of spotting extraordinary talent with fairness and accuracy.
But there is also a people’s choice award in each category, and everyone can vote once a day! Voting for the people’s choice awards finish on 25 January 2013, so head over to the Pixel Awards website once a day to log your vote.
Wednesday December 05 2012
A couple of weeks ago, representatives of the venue partners for CUSP: Designing for the Next Decade gathered in Sydney for a two day workshop exploring ways to exchange information and engage audiences, passing knowledge around the country. Previously, Sandra Brown outlined her reaction to the day, and here Naomi Takeifanga of the State Library of Queensland reflects on the two days.
Sitting in Brisbane at a picnic table in the middle of a swimming complex for yet another kids birthday party, the notion of design and its importance in our lives for the everyday becomes more than apparent. I won’t bore you with the details but, living in the sunshine state where swimming pools are a way of life, public swimming pools need that extra special design. Kid spotting is hard enough, let alone being set up 50m from the kids. Nothing good design in its basic sense couldn’t easily fix.
Wednesday November 28 2012
Wow! What a week it was last week here at Object, starting with our new exhibition, Life In Your Hands: art from solastalgia, opening last Friday night; and then fronting up Monday and Tuesday for our first ever Working Together Workshop for CUSP: Designing for the Next Decade national touring partners and Object staff. Representatives attended from Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery in Launceston, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, JamFactory in Adelaide, Casula Powerhouse and the State Library of Queensland, with a phone-in from the Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo.
In my 8 years here at Object I have never known quite an event to happen where we bring representatives from the touring venues for a major national exhibition together to brainstorm and share knowledge about their venues, their touring programs, public programs and what they would like from incoming touring exhibitions. Another WOW! That in itself is pretty radical, but I must say that everyone there was soon saying ‘why hadn’t this happened before now?’
Friday November 23 2012
Melinda Young is a highly talented artist that makes the most beautiful and covetable jewellery pieces that I have laid eyes on in a long time. And with all the jewellery I buy or window shop that is saying a lot! (Editor’s note: Sophie has over 300 pairs of earrings, so her opinion can probably be trusted.)
Here at Object we are lucky enough to stock Melinda’s work in our Collect online store and in the current pop up shop we have on, Made By Hand. But that’s not all! We are also lucky enough to have Melinda on staff so we get to see her pretty face often and pick her amazing brain about her inspirations and process.
Melinda’s work varies from gorgeous pieces that you could wear every day to the gallery pieces that are multilayered and intense. One such piece is her work in the current exhibition on at Object, Life In Your Hands: art from solastalgia. The oversized neckpiece is a response to her interaction and work with the Canberra community affected by bush fires in 2003 and is stunning not only for it’s size but also for the uplifting feelings of rejuvenation and hope it evokes.
Monday November 12 2012
Earlier this month, Lexus announced the creation of the Lexus Design Award, a global award aimed at fostering new and emerging design talent from around the world. In addition, they have announced sponsorship of Tokyo Design Week, and local branch Lexus Australia has announced the Lexus Design Scholarship, in collaboration with Melbourne Movement.
A panel of six judges, including Lexus International president Kiotaka Ise, will choose 10 finalists for the Lexus Design Award from all global entries. These ten finalists receive a trip to Milan Design Week as a guest of Lexus. In addition, two winners will be chosen, awarded five million yen (ca AUD$60,000) to cover prototype and production costs, and displayed in Milan. Plus, these winners will have the opportunity to work with two renowned design mentors, obtaining feedback and support.
Open to entries until December 31 this year, all entries must respond to the design brief of ‘motion.’
Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW 14 February - 11 April 2015
Western Plains Cultural Centre NSW, 18 April – 28 June, 2015
State Library of Queensland 01 November 2014 - 14 February 2015