This time of pandemic is surreal, isolating, traumatic, tragic, frustrating, inevitable. Whatever you think it is, it’s something we have never experienced before. It’s a time for a reset in terms of how we live and design is key. Designers and creative thinkers are uniquely equipped to imagine new ways of living, working, engaging with others in families, societies and urban environments.
Design Isolate is an Australian Design Centre initiative to show how creative thought can help lead the way for change. Over 60 designers/creative thinkers have captured their thoughts in sketches, diagrams, drawings, text or collage on Covid-19, isolation, what ‘a new normal’ in Australia might look like, how they are affected and how design might contribute to recovery post-pandemic.
Creativity During Covid Panel Discussion
Thu 13 January at 6.30pm
Runtime: 90 mins
$15 General Admission
A panel of designers and curators involved in the Design Isolate exhibition and museum collecting will talk about their experiences during Covid-19. How has the pandemic affected their practice? Was it a fertile time for creativity? How do they make sense of a new normal? What can we learn from this experience and how can we capture these defining moments? This discussion will be facilitated by ADC’s Lisa Cahill with journal contributors Stephen Goddard, Melinda Young, Deborah Burdett, Gillian Corban and Craig Middleton from the National Museum of Australia’s Covid collecting project. Come along and share your own stories about you creative Covid experience and hear how our panellists navigated the pandemic.
Creative Journaling Workshop
Thu 14 January at 9.30am and 2pm
Runtime: 180 mins
$60 General Admission
Make 2021 the year you’ll start a journal! Having a regular practice of keeping a diary or journal is good for mental health and for stimulating our inherent creativity. Join designer and educator Melinda Young in a creative journaling workshop and learn how to make a start on your own creative journal.
All materials will be provided although participants can bring papers, images or anything they have to personalise their journal.
AUSTRALIAN DESIGN CENTRE OPENING TIMES
Tue–Sat from 11am to 4pm
Entrance to the Australian Design Centre is via a ramp at the main entrance on Palmer Street. To access the lower level of the Centre visitors will enter through an entrance off William street.
Face masks are mandatory at all Sydney Festival events for all patrons 13 years and older, in line with NSW Government regulations. A face mask is required at all times while inside foyers, theatres and outdoor venues, including during performances. Children 12 and under are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.
Design Isolate is an Australian Design Centre exhibition produced in partnership with Corban and Blair. With thanks to all the journal contributors for their creative responses to this project during what has been a difficult year.
Photo: Angus Lee Forbes, courtesy Australian Design Centre. 2020.
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