In 1976 Gary Cleveland presented a vision “to establish in the minds of a large proportion of the world’s population that the word ‘Tasmania’ is synonymous with good design and reliable craftsmanship.” Forty years on, Design Tasmania remains committed to that vision by supporting, promoting and guiding designers and master artisans on a local, national and international platform.
40 Years 40 Designers has been divided into two parts in order to do justice to the remarkable work of the many designer makers who have been involved with Design Tasmania and our exhibition program. The first iteration is on view from March to June and the second from December to February 2017. However, it must be remembered that forty participants are only a small selection of a wider network of designers and makers living and working in Tasmania.
In this exhibition you will see the work of designers who were part of the initial foundation of Design Tasmania in Launceston and have remained faithful ambassadors for over forty years. Sitting alongside them are more recent contemporaries who are forging careers as designer makers.
All participants were asked to respond to their personal relationships with the Tasmanian environment and create a dialogue through materials and form that best represents their narratives. We invite you to enter into their dialogue via the diverse, innovative and superbly executed pieces in this commemorative exhibition.
CEO, Design Tasmania