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DESIGN Canberra 2021 Call Out

Open call for DESIGN Canberra 2021—
Submit your proposal by 8 March

DESIGN Canberra is calling for projects for the 2021 festival which celebrate design excellence, design history and/or design education. We especially encourage proposals which respond to the theme of 'transformation'.

DESIGN Canberra celebrates and promotes Canberra as a living design laboratory, a global city of design. DESIGN Canberra has resonated with ever-increasing audiences near and far because design is in our city’s DNA. DESIGN Canberra is a powerful platform to promote design and the work of designers. Presented annually since 2014, DESIGN Canberra has grown to embrace a regional and global focus, becoming a critical and collaborative forum for contemporary, relevant, experimental and authentic design.

DESIGN Canberra festival
8-28 November 2021

How to get involved—

In calling for proposals from across all design disciplines, we encourage a spirit of collaboration where the creative community works together to showcase the best in contemporary design. We welcome proposals which align with the festival values, ambitions and aspirations including: contemporary, relevant, exploratory and authentic.

Whether you are an individual maker, a collective, a cultural or educational institution, a business, a researcher or a government agency, the festival provides a platform for a multi-faceted exploration of design, arts and creative industries. DESIGN Canberra is attracting more, and more deeply engaged, audiences each year. 

There are many ways to get involved:

  • Architecture: Architects and homeowners are invited to propose recent projects for both contemporary and heritage architecture programs. Architecture programs are always popular with festival audiences and offer a rare opportunity for festival visitors to explore some of Canberra’s finest houses and built design.
  • Exhibitions: Artists and galleries with exhibitions representing design and/or speaking to the festival theme  are invited to submit a proposal for inclusion in the 2021 program. Exhibitions must coincide at least in part with the festival dates (8-28 November 2021)
  • Engagement: DESIGN Canberra welcomes proposals that speak to festival values and themes that may include events, tours, workshops, activations, installations, design-related performances, public talks, publication launches, food and drink experiences, wellness, online works or research. 

Please note: A separate call-out for DESIGN Canberra Open Studios will happen in early 2021.

DESIGN Canberra encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers to submit proposals for the festival program.

Submit your proposals by 9am, 8 March 2021. A curatorial panel will review the proposals and determine which ideas make a good fit with the 2021 festival program.

Find out more here or get in touch with Design Canberra if you need more information.


Friday 5 February, 2021
Monday 8 March, 2021
DESIGN Canberra festival
Venue Address

Canberra ,

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