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DESIGN Canberra 2021 will be replaced by ‘Nurture’—a much-needed dose of art and culture

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Earlier this year, the dedicated team behind Canberra’s premier arts festival, DESIGN Canberra, made a heartbreaking decision to cancel their 2021 festival due to COVID-related concerns.

In its place, however, has sprung a new offering—Nurture—a month-long program of virtual and small-group events and workshops designed to support wellbeing and creativity after a difficult 24 months for Canberra.

Designed to give Canberra a COVID-safe dose of the arts, Nurture will use art, design, creativity and mindfulness to instil a sense of calm creativity in the Canberran community as well as platforming and supporting DESIGN Canberra’s artist and maker community.

“After the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 DESIGN Canberra festival, the Craft ACT team has responded with optimism and persistence to the many challenges that 2021 has thrown us—we are finding new ways to support our members and our community and deliver on our mission: To embed contemporary craft, making and design at the centre of everyday life in Australia’s capital, a global city of design,” explains CEO of Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, and Artistic Director of DESIGN Canberra, Jodie Cunningham.

“We are so excited to use the tools we know best, creativity, design thinking; and making as ways to help our community heal and transition out of lockdown.”

Running from 5-28 November, highlights of Nurture will include creative journalling online workshops, in-person Friday crafternoons, mindful making workshops taught by some of CraftACT’s most accomplished makers and artists, virtual artist studio tours, an art trail through City West and both in-person and virtual exhibitions, as well as professional development workshops for CraftACT’s creative community.

Excitingly, DESIGN Canberra’s annual auction will still take place as the Craft + Design Auction (12-20 November, online), offering Canberrans a chance to purchase one-off design and art pieces with all proceeds going directly to the artists.


What: Nurture
When: 5-28 November
Where: Various locations across Canberra and online

Feature image: Bev Hogg’s open studio from DESIGN Canberra 2020. Photo: 5 Foot Photography

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