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Object Subject: Student Bursay Application

DESIGN Canberra is committed to nurturing the next generation of designers and design writers and is pleased to offer full bursaries on application. Bursaries will be available for students (at any level), as well as emerging practitioners in their first 5 years of practice and arts workers from the not-for-profit arts sector.

At the inaugural national design writing conference, Object Subject (2017), keynote speaker and NY Times design critic Alice Rawsthorn called on the design sector to take seriously their responsibilities – social, environmental and ethical. This clarion call, teamed with multiple requests from the national and international design community to repeat the event, is a catalyst for the second national design conference in Canberra on 8-9 November 2019.

International and national speakers include: experimental materials research designer Seetal Solanki (UK), arts editor Jennifer Higgie (UK), Indigenous architect, lecturer and advocate Jefa Greenaway (AUS), editor, writer and podcaster Clare Press (AUS), urban design researcher and editor of Assemble Papers, Jana Perković (AUS), and awarded Australian singer, writer, director, and advocate Robyn Archer (AUS).

The tentative conference program is as follows (subject to change):

Thursday 7: Conference reception – 6pm
Friday 8: All day – 8:30am-5:00pm
Saturday 9: 8:30am-12:30pm

The conference is part of the DESIGN Canberra festival. Now in its sixth year, DESIGN Canberra is a festival with a regional and global focus which is a critical and collaborative forum for contemporary, relevant, experimental and authentic design. Last year the festival’s program of events, exhibitions, activations, installations, tours and talks attracted a record 112,000 people. The festival is the primary outreach program of Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, a not for profit community organisation which for nearly 50 years has supported designers, makers, crafts people and artists at every stage of their careers


Kambri Precinct at ANU - Theatre
Cultural Centre, Kambri Precinct, ANU Building 153, University Avenue, Acton, ACT 2601

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Presented as part of the annual DESIGN Canberra festival (4-24 November 2019) which celebrates and promotes Canberra as a global city of design. A Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre initiative.