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Design Emergency at Tamworth Regional Gallery

The Object team travelled to Tamworth Regional Art Gallery last Friday for a great Design Emergency session with the kids from Tamworth Public School.

The students visited the Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design exhibition and then got stuck into a hands-on workshop and tackled the challenge question of “How do we protect ourselves and feel safe?” The kids came up with some amazing solutions drawn from their daily lives, creating models and collages to reflect their ideas.

See what the kids came up with after the jump…

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Design Emergency

The second week of my new job, the 14th -16th September 2014 saw me in Sunny Port Macquarie to observe Design Emergency and High School workshops in action as part of CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade.

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Design Emergency with Casula Public School

As part of CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade, Object: Australian Design Centre’s outreach education program Design Emergency is travelling around the country, accompanying the exhibition, and working with local schools. Design Emergency aims to instil design thinking practices in tomorrow’s leaders at an early age by working with them on problems or issues identified by the students and relevant to them. (For more on Design Emergency, including exercises, stories and teacher’s notes, head to the Design Emergency section of this website.)

On 22 August, 2013, Design Emergency visited Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) with CUSP designers George Khut and Stephen Mushin, collaborating with 40 year five and six students from Casula Public School. Casula Public has a farm as part of the school grounds, and four primary elements were identified by the students as needing attention:

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What Did You Miss At CUSP?

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade might have just closed at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre ahead of traveling the country until 2015, but if you missed out on any of the public programs, events, or the exhibition itself, you can still engage with much of what went on.

All of the Designer Bodies talks and Talks In Transit were recorded and are available as podcasts, and don’t forget there is a wealth of information on the designers and the program at the CUSP website. Keep reading to find out how you can find the various elements.

Below are links to each of the elements for CUSP, however you can also find them all on Object on iTunes U, where you can also subscribe to the CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade collection to keep up to date as more and more is added over coming years.

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Design Emergency Fort St Public School Style

Fort St Public students in Years 5 and 6 have been working through their Design Emergency challenge.

In a class where many students arrive and leave they wanted to design a way for each student to feel a sense of belonging and a valued member of the class no matter how long they had been at the school. After lots of discovery research and brainstorming the students began prototyping memory boxes so that students could store and share their memories with each other.

The students came up with some ingenious designs and are now iterating their prototypes to make their final product.

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Design Emergency at Fort Street Public

Annette Mauer is Object’s Head of Learning, and is currently heavily involved in the creation, prototyping and development of Design Emergency.

The children in Mr Larba Sarkis’s class at Fort Street Public have embarked on a Design Emergency journey. The students are using design thinking to find creative solutions to improve the learning experience in the their classroom.

Fort Street students come from all parts of the world and from many different suburbs in Sydney so their experiences are quite diverse. In the last 2 weeks, the students have used many design thinking techniques such as creating personas and observing their environment. After they have completed their investigations the students will be working with both me and an established designer to help them reframe their issues and prototype their ideas.

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Working Together — The SLQ Perspective

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.

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Working Together — A CUSP Venue Partner Workshop

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?’

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Pozible Cake Stall — 2nd Instalment

You may have read about Object’s internal fund raising toward our Design Emergency Pozible campaign — the now infamous cake stalls.  Well I can tell you that we are all a little bit rounder around our tummies after eating our way throguh another successful cake stall the other week. We have been able to increase the Pozible amount by another $150.  It might seem a small amount in the big scheme, but remember that every little bit counts towards us reaching our final target of $20,000.

So dear friends, for the sake of all our waists and the need for another cake stall to help reach the target, please remember to make your pledge before midday 5 November 2012. Head here to visit the Pozible campaign site and watch the video; here to find out more about Design Emergency; here to read a live blog of the recent Design Emergency celebration, and; here to read a live blog of the Design Emergency intensive workshop that took place as part of Vivid Creative Ideas in May this year.

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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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