ACT – News & Events

     DESIGN Canberra 2019: Utopia: From 4-24 November 2019, DESIGN Canberra will transform the nation’s capital, hosting over 150 events. Now in its 6th year, DESIGN Canberra increases its reach and engagement each year, linking makers and designers with new audiences and forging unexpected collaborations and marketplace connections. DESIGN Canberra is the major outreach activity of Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, a not-for-profit membership-based organisation which supports artists, craft practitioners, designers and makers at every stage of their careers. As Canberra’s fastest growing festival, DESIGN Canberra is calling for projects for the 2019 festival that celebrate and promote Canberra as a living design laboratory, a global city of design. Check out the 2018 festival report The 2019 festival theme is… Utopia. Submit your proposal(s) by 4 March 2019. Click HERE to make a proposal. To do more research see

    Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre presents Pattern Translation: AL MUNRO. Translated and distorted mathematical patterns on textiles and paintings explore aberrations and slippages. His is one of three exhibitions running until 31st August. The Craft ACT Gallery is located at Level 1, North Building, Civic Square 180 London Circuit Canberra ACT Australia.

     The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition National Film and Sound Archive: McCoy Circuit, Acton, ACT 2601.
02 6248 2000. Open daily 10am–4pm until 18 August 2019.
     The EMBROIDERERS Guild of THE ACT 2019 Members’ Exhibition: The dates for this year’s exhibition are Friday 20th September until Sunday 22nd September. It will be held, as usual, in the Albert Hall. The Crimson Thread of Kinship.

     TEXTILE WORKS GALLERY (located in the Canberra Spinners and Weavers CSW Rooms at Chifley Hub, 70 Maclauren Crescent, Chifley 2606).  Until 1st September CSW ‘Wear it and Snuggle’ garments & winter warmers; and a CRF Fashion Parade (Rapt in Felt: Colour Dance) will be held on 14 September at 4pm and on 15 September at 2pm and again at 4pm. Then from 5-27 October CRF ‘Hunters and Collectors’; 4-24 November CSW/CRF ‘Design Canberra Utopia’ & Christmas exhibition/sales weekend. Phone: 02 5100 8492.


    PLACE is a travelling exhibition of artists’ books curated by Liz Jeneid and Avril Makula. It arrives in Canberra in March 2020 where is will show at Canberra Museum + Gallery (Civic Square Canberra City) until 4th July 2020. CMAG’s opening hours are Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm (closed Sundays).