With more than 800 guests from design, architecture, manufacturing and media invited to attend the Opening Night and over 60 designers from across Australia and New Zealand showcased, Workshopped 12 will be one of the single largest events of the Australian design calendar.
Now in its twelve year, Workshopped design exhibition has become a permanent and widely anticipated fixture of the design community. The exhibition is a vital platform for nurturing Australian design excellence and launching the careers of designers, giving them an opportunity to show their products for the first time on home ground. Many of the designers who have successfully exhibited as part of Workshopped in previous years will return for WS12, recognising the importance of the prestigious event for showcasing their designs.
Workshopped exhibitions are also crucial in sustaining a creative community. Before the first Workshopped exhibition in 2001, designers had few avenues in getting their designs in front of the general public, and with substantial obstacles to creating and maintaining successful commercial relationships with industry, this created an environment where talented designers could struggle to find success. As a product of exhibiting in Workshopped, however, many designers have had their works in commercial production and exposed to potential buyers. The Workshopped SHOP presents products designed by Australian designers and available to both wholesale and retail customers.
Workshopped exhibition is a free event and will run from October 31st to November 9th at the collective’s gallery space in Surry Hills’ “Hill Street Precinct”. It will then head to Moore Park Super Centa from November 14th to November 25th.