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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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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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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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Ojos Obsession At Object

If you love pairing creativity with collaboration as much as I do, you can’t beat Object’s Making Workshops for a fun way to spend part of your Saturday.  The second instalment of the Making Workshop series as part of GROUNDBREAKER was a fantastic Ojos de Dios (God’s Eye) Weaving Workshop with Melinda Young.

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Let The Workshops Begin!

Object’s making workshops as part of the GROUNDBREAKER series started on the weekend with the first being Storybook Bunting, run by the amazingly talented and lovely artist Michele Morcos.

During GROUNDBREAKER, the Object Gallery has been decked out as a design lab featuring open workspaces and walls to be filled with innovation problem areas and, eventually, solutions. It feels open and inviting and is a great space to come, play, and collaborate creatively in.

Michele started us off with her well-researched spiel about bunting being a thing to mark celebrations. Think London celebrating the recent Diamond Jubilee: cities gone crazy with bunting strung from every surface possible! What it really seemed to embody was the public display of hope and joy for the future. The thing anyone who has ever thrown a good party knows, though, is that to do it right you have to personalise it and truly make it your own. Enter Michele’s concept of Storybook Bunting as a way through decoration and display to celebrate and tell your own story.

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Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design

Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW 14 February - 11 April 2015

An exhibition of the most compelling works from 12 designers from the highly acclaimed “Workshopped” exhibitions held in Sydney. Workshopped has discovered, nurtured and launched the careers of...
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Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels

Western Plains Cultural Centre NSW, 18 April – 28 June, 2015

Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels is the eighth in our Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series. Our first Indigenous Living Treasure, Greeno is a shellworker and artist from Tasmania, whose...
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CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade

State Library of Queensland 01 November 2014 - 14 February 2015

Over the last number of years Object: Australian Design Centre has explored many notions of design. From Freestyle: new Australian design for living in 2006 to HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics in...
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