60th Birthday Events

60th Birthday Party

When: Thursday 16 May, 6-9pm
Where: Australian Design Centre, 101 William Street, Darlinghurst
Tickets: $25
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Australian Design Centre turns 60 and we’re having a party!

Join us to celebrate 60 years supporting and promoting Australia’s best and brightest designer makers, since 1964.

Special guest host for the evening is former ADC Chair, Professor Anthony Burke, host of ABC’s Restoration Australia, Grand Design Transformations and Grand Designs Australia. We’re planning a fun night with our community including food, drinks, music and a couple of short (we promise) speeches to honour the occasion.

A small contribution of $25 a ticket will help us to cover the catering costs.

Be among the first to see Treasures a very special exhibition of work by 10 masters of Australian craft and the 10 artists they have nominated as future stars. To support ADC into the future, 20 works from the artists’ archives or new work by the next generation will be available to purchase for your collection.

Come and kick up your heels for a fabulous evening of creative fun and festivity.

Tickets are limited so book soon.


60 Cups Morning Tea

When: Thursday 23 May, 10am-12pm
Where: Australian Design Centre, 101 William Street, Darlinghurst
Tickets: $120
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Grab one of only 60 tickets to the hottest Morning Tea in town to celebrate ADC’s 60th year. Your ticket includes one special cup handmade by a local ceramic artist and a catered morning tea. A wonderful gift for you or the ceramics lover in your life!

Special guest host Jess Scully will interview ceramic artist Ebony Russell recently returned from showing her work at Claire Oliver Gallery in Harlem, New York and design writer Penny Craswell will read an extract from her essay On Cups, from the 2024 Penguin publication The Long Lede Anthology: Stories That Want to Be Told.

Whose cup will you take home – it’s a surprise reveal! Ebony Russell, Sassy Park, Milly Dent, OCD, Brett Stone, Denise McDonald, Katherine Mahoney and many more artists have a made a cup for you!


Special Talks Series: Design Futures 2084

8 May, 6-8pm - Clare Press
15 May, 6-8pm - Sasha Titchkosky
22 May, 6-8pm - Lucy Simpson
29 May, 6-8pm - Bridget Kennedy

Where: Australian Design Centre, 101 William Street, Darlinghurst
Tickets: $20 per talk, or $60 for the full talk series.
Book here.

Tickets are limited to 40 guests for each talk, so don’t miss out.

Design and designers are at the forefront of acting now to secure a future for the planet. Design Futures 2084 looks at how we can all make that difference in this engaging series of Wednesday evening talks.

Four leading Australians in design will talk about how their work is shaping our future.

About the speakers:

Clare Press is the founder of THE WARDROBE CRISIS. A Sydney-based sustainability communicator, filmmaker, author and presenter, she created the Wardrobe Crisis podcast in July 2017.

Sasha Titchkosky is the Co-founder and CEO of Koskela. Sasha is especially passionate about Koskela’s social impact division, which supports and celebrates the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community art centres throughout Australia and about driving Koskela’s transition to a circular business.

Yuwaalaraay wirringgaa Lucy Simpson is Creative Director and Principal Designer / Maker behind Gaawaa Miyay; a First Nations process-led studio based practice inspired by country, relationships and notions of continuity + exchange.

Bridget Kennedy is a contemporary jeweller and curator. She is also a founding member of The Repair Cafe Sydney North, and donates her time there repairing jewellery for local residents. Her most recent project is cofounder of The Sydney Library of Things, a library-like service for tools and other useful items.


Creative Journaling Workshop

When: Saturday 25 May 9:30 to 11:30am or 1:30 to 3:30pm
Where: Australian Design Centre, 101 William Street, Darlinghurst
Tickets: $80 (includes the workshop tuition, a blank journal courtesy of Corban and Blair and copy of ADC’s new book Design/Isolate: Creative resilience in a pandemic).
Book here.

Start a new creative habit that can be the catalyst for a broader creative practice or a practice in itself.

Artist, contemporary jeweller and educator Melinda Young helps you get started in these hands-on Creative Journaling workshops.

“A creative journal can really be anything. There is no exact recipe for making one, however the practice can be a prescription for creativity and self-care."

Join Melinda to discover what your own creative journal looks like, with only 15 people in each session.

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Australian Design Centre is a major contemporary craft and design organisation igniting creative ideas and building cultural vibrancy, located in Darlinghurst, Sydney on Gadigal Land.

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