Top Design experts feature in 2019 Sydney Design Festival

Leading design experts from Australia and around the world have been announced for the Sydney Design Festival, running from 1 – 10 March 2019 across Sydney. 

Curated and produced by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), this year’s festival theme Accessing Design challenges designers to broaden the definition of design and collaborate across disciplines and cultural divides. 

With 138 events presented by over 100 partners, the 2019 Festival offers 10 days of tours, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, markets, open studios, podcasts, keynote presentations, installations and symposiums. 

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) Chief Executive, Lisa Havilah said “Sydney Design Festival has been running for over 20 years and has played a key role in the evolution of design practice in Australia and across the world. It is the role of festivals such as this to move industry conversations and connections forward. We look forward to learning from, and sharing with, the industry’s leading designers.”

Festival Highlights 

Industry thought leaders from the disciplines of the built environment, arts and culture will gather at Hassell Sydney Studio on 3 March for a panel discussion on Places people love: Arts & Built Environment, mediated by Katrina Strickland. 

In celebration of the newly opened Sydney exhibition celebrating his career of 25 years, Akira Isogawa will be interviewed in an In Conversation at the Powerhouse Museum on 4 March. 

The Festival will open on 1 March with a talk by prize-winning architect Ana Luisa Soares from Fala Atelier. Presented in partnership with School of Architecture, University of Queensland, Methodic Optimism: fala atelier will provide insight into the Portuguese studio’s intuitive and speculative architecture practice. 

Celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March with a presentation by festival keynote speaker Rachel Wingfield of Loop.pH. As the co-founder of the London studio, Rachel Wingfield’s work explores the role of art and design in public spaces. This program is generously supported by the British Council. 

Furniture and lighting designer Duncan Meerding will share his creative practice and experience as a blind design practitioner in Alternative Sensory World: In Conversation with Duncan Meerding on 5 March at the Powerhouse Museum, presented in collaboration with Accessible Arts. 

Sibling Architecture tackles the issue of aged care and housing in New Agency: Owning Your Future. Supported by The School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, this participatory research project will run daily throughout the festival at Tin Sheds Gallery. 

The role of design in issues of accessibility will be discussed at Inclusivity or exclusivity? The role of design in an ever-changing world, presented by Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) on 6 March at the Powerhouse Museum. 

The festival teams up with Sydney cinema favourite Golden Age Cinema to present the documentary cult classic Jiro Dreams of Sushi on 6 March. 

Where will our recycling go in the future, now that China has ceased the intake of Australia’s recycling? General Assembly poses solutions to this national issue in Design in Motion: Sustainable Solutions on 7 March at the Powerhouse Museum. 

How does a designer know when their work is finished? Is it ever finished? Join a panel of industry practitioners to discuss the challenges and rewards of life as a designer in I’ll Be Happy When on 7 March at Design By Them Showroom. 

Continuing the celebration of women in design, MAAS Indigenous Design Symposium runs at the Sydney Observatory from 9-10 March. Guest presenters will invite participants to learn about indigenous design practices 60,000 years in the making. 

Mid 20th-century design enthusiasts will gather at Rose Seidler House on 9 March for Seidler Screenings: Architecture, film and music presented by Sydney Living Museums, to view the Sydney premiere of Columbus - a new feature film about Modernist Architecture, love and house museums by Korean-American film-maker Kogonada.

Event starts
Friday 1 March, 2019
Event Ends
Sunday 10 March, 2019
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