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Gallery of Australian Design

14 May 2009

Michael Bryce announced as the patron of a new cultural institution in Canberra

The Gallery of Australian Design is a partnership between the University of Canberra, the National Museum of Australia, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and the Australian Institute of Architects. 

Gallery of Australian Design is siuated at Commonwealth Place, Southern Foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra.

The gallery is the first of its kind in Australia and will be a public facility attracting and engaging with visitors to the National Capital and the local community.

Mr Michael Bryce AM AE has been announced as the patron of the Gallery of Australian Design at the launch in Canberra Friday 15 May 2009.

Mr Bryce is a University of Canberra Adjunct Professor of design and architecture and was conferred with an honorary doctorate by the University in 2003.  Mr Bryce, a former member of the University of Canberra Council, is also a former trustee of the Queensland Art Gallery.

In addition to showcasing great Australian design, the gallery will be incorporated into the University of Canberra design curriculum, with students given the opportunity to take a hands-on role developing exhibitions, including curatorial content and design. They will benefit from mentoring support from the National Museum of Australia and the national design institutes. The Gallery will also provide research opportunities and a forum to explore design theory and product.

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker said he was delighted the University would have a presence in the heart of the capital as a partner in the Gallery of Australian Design.

“We are proud of our role educating the next generation of design professionals – in architecture, graphic and digital design, industrial design and landscape architecture – so it is appropriate the University of Canberra should take the lead by showcasing great design in this gallery,” Professor Parker said.

Director of the National Museum of Australia, Craddock Morton, welcomed the opportunity to support the new venture. 

”I am very pleased that the Museum is able contribute to this initiative, which will add to the breadth of attractions on offer in the national capital,” he said. ”We will also be involved in mentoring students involved in exhibition research, design and fabrication - helping the next generation of design professionals and museum workers to develop their skills.”

National President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Mr Neil Hobbs, is delighted at the opportunity to be able to present the best of Australian design.
 “Having such a facility in the centre of Canberra will showcase the best of Australia’s designers to the public.  It will also allow enhanced collaboration between design disciplines.”

Australian Institute of Architects CEO David Parken added that the Gallery will be a must see for all Australians passionate about world class, sustainable design. “The Gallery will feature some of our best architectural exports, inspiring student work and other cutting edge design exhibitions from around the globe – all in a stunning setting by the lake,” Mr Parken said.

The Gallery of Australian Design will host a permanent exhibition, Defining Moments in Australian Design as well as featuring a program of rotating exhibitions.

The gallery will also showcase exhibitions associated with major events, such as the Canberra centenary.

above from left..
Professor Stephen Parker, Vice-Chancellor University of Canberra,
Mr Michael Bryce, Patron Gallery of Australian Design
Neil Hobbs, AILA National President,
David Parken, CEO AIA.


Photos Paul Costigan

Footnote: The AILA will be announcing later details of the programs and the processes for selection of exhibitions.


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