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06

Sep

Can Design Change Communities

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Alison Page,Creative Director, The National Aboriginal Design Agency and Paul Pholeros from Health Habitat got together on a train running from Central Station to Casula to yarn about design.

The question posed to them was ‘Can design change communities?

The series of train talks organised by Object Australian Design Centre were part of the CUSP: Designing in to the Next Decade public program, promoting the CUSP exhibition and engaging public in design thinking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

04

Jul

CUSP Designing into the Next Decade

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The National Aboriginal Design Agency is currently working on an exhibition for CUSP Designing into the Next Decade. Named The Sit Place, Alison Page  creates a  new vision of the Australian lounge room as it will contain stories about the land and its people told by Aboriginal artists. The medium for the story will be the objects that we use every day, from the chairs to the cup to the lighting and the cushions.

The Sit Place, as described by Aboriginal poet Aunty Bea Ballangarry, is a special place for sharing, connecting and spiritual contemplation

Visitors to the exhibition will hear original poetry composed by Aunty Bea Ballangarry AM, a respected Elder and poet from the Gumbaynggirr people of the Mid North Coast of NSW. The poetry inspired by authentic designs created by Aboriginal artists, Brentyn Lugnan, Jeremy Devitt and Lucy Simpson.

By linking audio with sensors, the room will literally ‘speak to you’ and tell you the story behind the design.

The exhibit is a showcase of the National Aboriginal Design Agency and demonstrates the potential of Aboriginal design.

CUSP opens to the public at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in Sydney on July 6th 2013 until 31st August 2013. The exhibition will travel to various venues around Australia for 18 months.

Listen to Alison Page, Creative Director of the National Aboriginal Design Agency talk about her exhibit for CUSP; The Sit Place – a new vision for the Australian Lounge room made with Aboriginal design products.

 

11

Jun

Interwoven Exhibition June 2013

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The National Aboriginal Design Agency exhibited at this years Interwoven Exhibition organised by the Design Institute of Australia at The Damien Minton Gallery in Redfern, Sydney. The exhibition was an enormous success and a stunning visual landscape of hand made original textiles.

The National Aboriginal Design Agency exhibited hand screen-printed hemp with designs from our Aboriginal artists Brentyn Lugnan and Jeremy Devitt; a lampshade made from Aboriginal Lace plus fabric from Aboriginal textile designer Lucy Simpson from Gaawaa Miyay.

A very big thank you to the DIA and Gitte Lindberg McGloin (the DIA Textiles Councillor, NSW) for organising the event. The agency would like to acknowledge Hemp Gallery, screenhaus and Lucy Simpson.

Interwoven Exhibition 2013

Interwoven Exhibition 2013

11

Jun

Accelerate 2012

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Accelerate Team 2012: from left to right in photo Rita Pryce, Gina Williams,Nicole Monks, Lily Shearer, Alison Page and Jane Harrison

In 2012, Alison Page was selected into the Accelerate program, an initiative of the British Council offering leadership training to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in the creative industries. The program involves a leadership training intensive in Melbourne followed by travel to the UK where the participants make contact  with various leadership styles and organisations within the creative industries.

“Accelerate will open doors for you that you probably don’t even know exist … It will really get you thinking about what leadership is, why its so important, and that its a practical – not just a conceptual thing.” Alison Page

Please use this link to access the promotional video from the 2012 Accelerate program: Accelerate Promotional Video

 

 

 

 

 

02

Apr

10 questions with Alison Page

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The Weekend Australian Magazine 10 questions: Alison Page, interior designer, 39 by Jill Rowbotham

Alison Page: “We are not going to get interesting designers if they all come from the middle class.” Picture: Renee Nowytarger Source: The Australian

YOU moved up the coast from Sydney to Coffs Harbour with your English mother and four sisters when you were nine. When did you become interested in design?

I won a Lego competition when I was 12, at the main shopping centre, with a housing estate I built to scale. I became interested in architecture, design and model-making. Later I built models for my friend’s father, who was a local builder.

Why did you choose design as a career?
I chose a career I knew would have a job at the end of the training, but in which I could still be creative. The most valuable thing about it is that it taught me to think laterally and to solve problems with creativity in all aspects of my life.

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22

Mar

Alison Page: GOMA Talks Living contemporary culture

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Weekend Arts host Sarah Kanowski and guests explore how everyday life and culture are expressed through art forms such as performance, film and design.

Alison Page, Annette Shun Wah and John Willsteed got together at GOMA to discuss Living Contemporary Culture

14

Mar

Alison Page at the forefront of the remote working revolution

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As a cultural arts peak body coordinator and an agent for Aboriginal artists, she generates design opportunities, contracts and new business for artists working in remote Australian communities.

“It doesn’t matter where the artists and designers are, all they need is an email and we’re good to go,” says the winner of the Regional or Rural Emerging leader category at the NAB Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards.

“I think Aboriginal people moving into niche and innovative areas in cultural industries create a great opportunity for people living in country or regional areas. But we need to be really clever about it.”

Page is the creative director of the commercial agency arm of the Coffs Harbour-based Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance, and the executive officer of the alliance, which she helped found in 2008.

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12

Mar

Alison Page Announced Regional/Rural Entrepreneur or Manager of the Year

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Our very own Alison Page has been awarded the Regional/Rural Entrepreneur of the Year at last Thursday’s Women’s Agenda meeting in Sydney.

Congratulations to Alison and all of the other NAB Women’s Agenda Leadership awards

05

Mar

Artist in Profile Alison Page

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Interview by Estelle Pigot for Regional Arts NSW

If you haven’t already encountered Alison Page, that would be a surprise. She appeared for eight years as a regular panellist on the ABC show, The New Inventors. As a descendant of the Walbanga and Wadi Wadi people of the Yuin nation and as a leading force in the Australian design scene, she champions contemporary creative expression of Aboriginal identity. 

A business owner and mother, Alison maintains a head-spinning schedule of commitments. She injects her passion and distinctively modern perspective into designing her award-winning jewellery label Diamond Dreaming, directing the annual Aboriginal culture festival Saltwater Freshwater held in her adopted home on the Mid North Coast, her role as the EO of the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance, being a creative director at the Aboriginal Design Agency in Coffs Harbour and participating in an expert advisory panel appointed by Prime Minister Gillard as a part of the Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous People.

Drawing on an inexhaustible wellspring of creative energy, she’s a deadly woman and she has more in store for us yet.

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04

Mar

Hotel designer denies copying Aboriginal paintings

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“This type of exploitation of our treasured Aboriginal Artists is the reason why we established the National Aboriginal Design Agency. Aboriginal artists have the right to economically benefit from the international thirst for Aboriginal art and storytelling, particularly as it moves into the built environment and  design. We have been working closely with Aboriginal intellectual property lawyer, Terri Janke on a  best practice licensing model that would make the process of Aboriginal artists and hotel designers collaborating streamlined and fair. Give us a call Bibi Barba, we would love to represent you!” Alison Page, Aboriginal Interior Designer and Creative Director of the National Aboriginal Design Agency.

Hotel designer denies copying Aboriginal paintings

GUESTS at the Eclipse Hotel in Domaslaw, Poland, may be surprised to learn that its cutting-edge interior design is based on work by an Aboriginal artist.

They may be even more surprised to discover that Bibi Barba, the artist whose Desert Flowers series of paintings are copied in the hotel’s carpets, cafe tables and wall panels, did not give permission for her artwork to be used in this way.

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