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Design Emergency Event — Live

Tonight we are throwing an event celebrating the achievements of Design Emergency. We open the gallery doors to allow people to hear why Design Emergency is an education revolution, to find out more about the program, and to mingle with some wine and cheese and learn more from Object team members.

Speeches from Object’s Director Steven Pozel and Head of Learning Annette Mauer will be followed by an address from special guest and Design Emergency Champion Louise Olsen, Creative Director at Dinosaur Designs. If you can’t make it, check out our Pozible campaign to raise money for the development of a digital strategy, so more kids can get involved around the country.

This blog will be updated throughout the evening (from 5:30–8pm AEDT), so check back in to find out the latest. (You may need to clear you browser’s cache to access new information.) And feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Design Emergency Pozible Cake Stall

When I am not running around the country looking after Object’s touring exhibitions I love to cook — small sweet tempting cakes. A while back I came up with an idea to raise funds towards our Design Emergency Pozible Campaign, where Object is hoping to raise $20,000 towards this great project (see the Pozible website or something appropriate?). Combining my love for cooking and the sweet tooth of our Object staff we had a successful Pozible Cake Stall last month where hungry tummies raised $100 towards the target!

Today is Object’s 2nd Pozible Cake Stall, here in the kitchen of Object’s office in Surry Hills. Pink Velvet and Gluten free Vanilla and Rasberry cupcakes as well as my very popular mini Banana cakes are on the menu, and I hope that staff and visitors will top the last amount.  This type of fund raising may seem small, but remember that each dollar counts to us reaching our target by November 5.

If you have been wanting to donate towards the campaign but haven’t been able to do so, then you might be able to think of a fun way to collect a small amount from family and friends that you can then donate to Design Emergency. A cake stall, bric-à-brac, plants and even a second hand book stall are some ideas.

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Design & Thinking Movie — Australian Screenings

*Update* A Gold Coast screening is scheduled for Wednesday 10 October at 6pm at the Gold Coast Griffith University Campus in Southport. Head here for more info. AGDA NSW have just announced a Sydney screening of the Design & Thinking movie for Thursday 29 November, 6:30pm at the State Library of NSW. Head here for more information and to book. AGDA Victoria, in association with the DIA, have announced a Melbourne screening for 20 November 2012, 5pm at the SAB (Swanston Academic Building) Cinema at RMIT. Visit www.agda.com.au or email vic@agda.com.au for more info.

After screening through 2012 at film festivals such as Newport and Palo Alto International, Design & Thinking is coming to Australia thanks to AGDA, with support from the AdA, UR[BNE} Films, the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), and Analogue/Digital.

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Two MAPDA 2012 Wins!

One year ago today Object relaunched their new website, the one you are looking at right now. Surprisingly complex (it is a lot bigger than the clean lines make it seem), it was many months in development, not only pulling together the content to begin to fill it, but also finessing the design and usability. This mammoth amount of work was only achieved because of the fantastic and hugely appreciated collaboration with our partners Canvas Group.

Not only was the website recognised as a Webby Honoree earlier this year, last night, on the eve of its first anniversary, it picked up a MAPDA (Museums Australia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards), the joint winner (with Maitland Regional Art Gallery) in its category. 

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Marc Newson: Works

Marc Newson is a bona fide superstar of the design world. His iconic Lockheed Lounge, memorably featured in the music video for Madonna’s Rain, holds the record for the highest auctioned price for any piece of designer furniture not once, but twice. And his place in the pantheon of iconic creatives has been immortalised with the release of the stunning, limited edition Marc Newson: Works by German publishing house Taschen.

Spanning his entire career, and featuring virtually everything designed by Newson over the last thirty years, the large-format hardcover clocks in at 610 pages, edited by Alison Castle (whose past with Taschen has included such major works as The Stanley Kubrick Archives and Linda McCartney: Life In Photographs.) Strictly limited to 1100 copies (100 Art Editions and 1000 Collector’s Editions, though a trade edition is due out next year), Newson was recently in Australia from his base in London to talk about the book and his work.

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Object-er Sarah has Mastered her art at NAS

Our friends at The National Art School enjoy legendary status as Australia’s longest continuing art school and in that, boast an impressive alumnus of acclaimed Australian artists. Add Master Ceramicist Sarah O’Sullivan to the list.
 
A recent graduate of the Masters of Fine Art program, Sarah thrives on challenging herself and her materials. By pushing and stretching ceramics to the limit, she has created her latest body of work to investigate how decoration is used in domestic ceramics to navigate relationships between people, and the natural Australian environment. Inspiration for the colours and textures were drawn from a three month internship that Sarah undertook at the end of 2011, in an indigenous art centre in a remote community.

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Design Emergency on Pozible

Earlier this week, Object: Australian Design Centre launched a Pozible campaign to raise funds and awareness for the digital development of our outreach education program, Design Emergency.

After over a year of piloting the program in schools around New South Wales, with a one-day workshop involving five schools as part of Vivid Ideas earlier this year, Object is ready to explore how to take the program to schools nationally. All of the feedback from the pilots indicated that Design Emergency needed to go digital so that it can be accessed by all, and that’s exactly what we’re asking you to help with.

We’ve set ourselves a minimum $20,000 goal to help develop a digital strategy — though anything we raise above this figure will help us to develop better strategies and move the pilots towards a program available to all students. As a way of instilling creative problem solving skills applicable to all areas of the curriculum, and, indeed, everything we do as we live and work, Design Emergency strives to create a generation of design thinkers and expert problem solvers.

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City of Sydney Creative Spaces EOI

After the success of opening up vacant, city-owned property along Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, the City of Sydney is calling for expressions of interest to activate more city-owned properties with short term creative projects.
Rather than searching for tenants for existing vacant premises, the City are creating a Short Term Creative and Retail Space Register of projects that can be called on at short notice to occupy vacant spaces when they come up, or spaces where building works may be going on, with tenancies ranging from one month to a year.

Up to 25 projects will be selected from the EOI process and placed on the Register for 24 months. The projects are expected to be able to fill an opportunity on very short notice.

With enterprises such as Platform 72, He Made She Made and the Oxford St Design Store still going strong, this is a fantastic opportunity to test out a concept, prototype a store, or gain some exposure for a project you are working on.

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Nick Mount: Glass Opening & Talk

Cynthia Colli is Object’s new Project Manager for Exhibitions and Programs, and ‘cut her PM teeth’ with the seventh showing of Living Treasures: Masters Of Australian Craft series, honouring glass artist Nick Mount.

Hi there! I’m very happy to be writing my first blog post for Object Eye, and keen to turn all the fresh impressions I received from a great Opening Weekend into pixels so you can share in my joy. I am still on a endorphin high after the Opening Night event on Friday 7th Sept, and our Artists talk the following day; after all, there aren’t many workplaces where you get to spend the second month ‘anniversary’ of your job with a brilliant celebration, honouring one of Australia’s most iconic glass artists.

Like all the other fabulous firsts I’ve experienced over the past two months, this exhibition, Nick Mount: Glass (The Fabric Of Work), has been magnificent. For those of you who, like me, are ‘green’ to glassblowing, this exhibition is a real eye opener, showing you the sensual and paradoxical material that is glass.

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MONA — Theatre of the World

Sandra Brown is Object’s Touring Programs Coordinator, and a ceramicist in her spare time.

Well I finally got to go and see the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) down in Hobart while I was recently in Tasmania for work. Was it worth driving down from Launceston to Hobart?  Definitely! Although the day was bitterly cold with Arctic winds coming off the water, the museum was a warm and welcoming ‘womb like’ cavern, carved into a sandstone outcrop on the Derwent River.

Directed to the bottom level of the building, deep below the surface,  I stepped out and was immediately reminded of those dark, moody galleries found deep in the basement of the Louvre in Paris.  The soaring natural sandstone walls, a reminder of the massive excavation of this site, are a perfect foil for the lavish cocktail bar, furniture and black theatre style drapes. It is down here that one commences the MONA experience for both exhibitions currently on show – Mona-ism and Theatre of the World.

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