Women in Design is in it’s second year, with the demand and success of the first event Design Tasmania aims to make this colloquium annual, devoting the event to females in the field of contemporary design.
Guest speakers; writers, educators, curators and CEO’s, and attendees: male and female, will arrive at Design Tasmania from throughout Australia, bringing experience that will deliver an unrivaled professional development opportunity and emerging design professionals will be introduced to mentors for future projects and careers.
Women in Design 2016 will focus on collaboration: designers will expound on the ways they have been inspired by and learned working with others. As the design profession has increasingly moved away from its former emphasis – design stars and icons- to community and user participation in design outcomes, the topic of collaboration is timely for the future of the industry.
This highly anticipated program takes form of a two-day colloquium on 23 – 24 July featuring panel discussions, keynote presentations, a long table dinner and a selection of cultural tourism experiences. High profile design leaders of national significance will constitute the roster of keynote speakers.
In addition events will be staged what will engage the local community to make it aware of the extent of the definition of design:
- A two-day workshop on 19 – 20 July, facilitated by Eliat Rich, Patsy Cameron and Karina Clarke, will enable 12 migrant women to exchange techniques and design skills that have neem [art of their respective cultures for centuries; currently we are in negotiation with some indigenous artisans and elders to participate with the workshop.
- An exhibition of the outcomes of the above workshop;
- An exhibition of work by female designers including a collaboration by Elliat Rich and Claire Scorpo that is based on quilting and stitching, modes of expression that have been practiced by women throughout history.