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Design

The following resources may be useful for designer/makers.

Tasmanian membership organisations and peak bodies

Designed Objects Tasmania
Provides studio space, workshops facilities with specialist equipment, mentoring by some of Tasmania’s most experienced timber designer makers, exhibitions, professional development opportunities and two annual scholarships for new graduate designers.

Furniture Designers Association
Represents, develops and promotes excellence in the professional practice of contemporary furniture design. It provides a network and information service to its members and supports marketing of products and design services, through co-operative ventures such as regular exhibitions.

National membership organisations and peak bodies

Australian Craft And Design Centres
A network of peak organisations from all states and territories of Australia, representing the professional craft sector.

Australian Graphic Design Association
The peak national organisation for professional graphic designers, which manages a program of awards, exhibitions, seminars and professional development activities for its members.

Craft Australia
Craft Australia was the top advocacy organisation for Australia’s contemporary craft and design but was defunded in December 2011. The Craft Australia website, with its articles and referenced information, has been archived through the National Library of Australia and so its content can still be accessed.

Craft Victoria
Fosters creativity, experimentation and professionalism in contemporary craft and design. The organisation enhances awareness of Australian craft and design at state, national and international levels. 

Design Institute of Australia
A professional membership body for designers and design businesses providing support, networking, services and information to improve professional practice.

Tasmanian awards and prizes

Bricolage II Design Prize
Encourages entrants to develop an ongoing, marketable product from a reliable source of industrial waste which is not otherwise being reused or recycled.  Designers and innovators are encouraged to apply for either the $500 Bright Ideas Prize or the $7 000 major prize.

City of Hobart Art Prize
An annual prize across art, craft and design. The chosen mediums change every year. The City of Hobart Art Prize generally offers two $15 000 acquisitive prizes and a People’s Choice prize of $1 000.

The Clarence Prize for Excellence in Furniture Design
A biennial prize which aims to promote excellence in furniture design. The prize consists of a major $12 000 acquisitive award and two $1 000 non-acquisitive encouragement awards.

Design Tasmania Award
A design competition for small production objects that are both environmentally and commercially sustainable.

Tasmanian Craft Fair Awards
The Tasmanian Craft Fair presents a range of awards each year, recognising excellence in the field of crafts and arts.

The Vitra Fellowship
Arts Tasmania’s international partnership with Germany's Vitra Design Museum and France's Centre International de Recherche et d’Education Culturelle et Agricole, provides an opportunity for a Tasmanian designer to attend an international design workshop, led by renowned designers, architects and artists, at Domaine de Boisbuchet in France.

Vitrify Alcorso Ceramic Award
A $10 000 non-acquisitive annual prize, open to artists nationally. Four entrants are chosen to develop work for a group exhibition of ceramic art at a commercial gallery, and from this exhibition the winner is selected.

National awards and prizes

International Opal Jewellery Design Award
A prestigious award that was established to promote freeform and/or undulating surface opals in exquisite jewellery.

McFarlane Prize for Excellence in Australian Web Design
Rewards excellence in web design in the broadest sense, from the appropriate use of technology, to design aesthetics, to its impact more broadly on the web.

The Ranamok Glass Prize
An annual $15 000 acquisitive award for glass artists who are residents of Australia and New Zealand.

The Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award
A biennial award in three categories: an award for an Australian artist of $25 000, an award for an international artist of $25 000, and an award for an emerging Australian artist of $5 000. 

Trade fairs

Australian International Furniture Exhibition
Showcases the latest furniture and furnishing designs from Australian and international companies.

designEX
Provides the opportunity to get your product and brand in front of an audience of industry professionals who are looking to source new products.

Design:Made:Trade
Showcases Australia’s leading furniture, fashion, textile, graphic and industrial design brands from small manufacturers, product designers, and design makers to an audience of manufacturers, retail and export buyers, and the public.

Decoration + Design
Brings together the most exciting range of soft furnishing and interior suppliers from around Australia and the world.

Furnitex
Australasia’s largest furniture and furnishings trade fair is a launching pad for the latest products and trends. It is a buying and networking hub for both trade visitors and exhibitors in the furniture and interiors industry.

Tasmanian Craft Fair
Australia’s largest working craft fair, held annually in Deloraine, Tasmania.

Life Instyle
A unique trade-only event dedicated to showcasing premium, design-led products. It includes an exhibition space called First Instyle intended to foster new and emerging talent.

Opportunities

Tasmanian Public Art Schemes
Arts Tasmania is responsible for the administration of the Tasmanian Government Art Site scheme and Corporate Art scheme. These provide commission opportunities for Tasmanian artists throughout the year.

Design Tasmania
A not-for-profit organisation in Launceston that is home to the Design Tasmania Wood Collection, a contemporary craft and design-focused exhibitions program and Tasmania's largest shop dedicated to Tasmanian design.

Domaine de Boisbuchet
An international cultural centre in south-west France, which hosts a series of residency workshops led by renowned international designers, architects and artists.

International Council of Graphic Design Associations
The world body for professional communication design, which promotes the designers’ vital role in society and commerce, and unifies the voices of graphic designers and visual communicators worldwide.

Jam Factory
Adelaide’s Jam Factory supports and promotes outstanding design and craftsmanship through its widely acclaimed studios, galleries and shops

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation for Women’s Art and Craft
Conducts art training and workshops in traditional and contemporary art practice, involving artists from northern Tasmania, including King and Cape Barren Islands.

Information and resources

Arts Tasmania's arts-e newsbyte
A fortnightly e-newsletter highlighting the latest Tasmanian, national and international arts opportunities as well as industry news.

ArtsHub
A subscription based, online resource for Australian arts workers that includes news, opportunities and job listings.

Australian Design Unit (ADU)
A part-magazine, part-bulletin and part-business resource for the design community. The ADU toolkit provides access to free business tools to assist the day-to-day running of a creative business.

Better by Design
A specialist group within New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Better by Design offers practical support and assistance to help companies apply design principles across their business.

Craft Almanac
A monthly email newsletter featuring a selection of craft-related news, exhibitions, promotions and events.

D*hub Powerhouse Museum
Contains online resources specific to the design, craft and architecture sectors.

Design Council UK
Offers comprehensive information and resources for designers.

Design Museum
Listen to podcasts from one of the world’s leading museums devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to graphics and architecture to industrial design.

Design Victoria
A Victorian Government’s design initiative with resources, how-to kits and case studies specific to the design sector.

Fabrica
Benetton’s communication research centre is also an applied creativity laboratory, a talent incubator and a studio in which artists develop innovative projects and explore new directions.

Hand Papermaking
A non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing traditional and contemporary ideas in the art of hand papermaking, through publications and other educational formats.