Australian Design Centre
A contemporary art and design space supporting local artists via exhibitions, workshops and a store.
For over 50 years, the Australian Design Centre has been a hub for innovative and experimental art forms. The not-for-profit organisation based on William Street has many functions but is primarily used as a space for emerging and established artists to create and display their work. The centre supports diversity in both its artists (including championing Indigenous makers) and in disciplines — works here will range from architecture, metalwork and sculpture to textiles, jewellery, ceramics and digital design. Across three spaces, the venue hosts touring exhibitions, artist talks, studios for resident artists, workshops and pop-up markets.
Want to check it out? Your best option is to hop on one of the free gallery tours, which run once a day between Tuesdays and Fridays, and twice a day on Saturdays. Should that get your creative juices flowing, you can sign up for a workshop in something like goldwork embroidery. There is also a design shop should you wish to take something home following your visit.
First image: Boaz Nothman.