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The annual Cooper Hewitt Fellowship provides financial support for a registered Queensland school teacher to complete a project in design education at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. We sat down with Silas Middelton, who alongside Dawn Boland, is the 2015 Cooper Hewitt Fellow discuss his fellowship. From your perspective, what is the significance … Read more

Culture Craft and Design

Traditional items may drive contemporary design iterations.

Traditional and contemporary craft operates at an interesting intersection within the Smithsonian and within arts and culture more broadly. Traditional handcrafts and other reflections of heritage such as artisan food and folk music have  very high levels of historical and social value, and are now finding a place within the business of cultural tourism. The … Read more

The Fleet Store pops up in partnership with APDL


The Fleet Store is Brisbane’s annual ‘fleeting’ boutique. Managed by QUT Fashion and Business students, The Fleet Store showcases apparel, accessories, artwork and other unique products made by current QUT students and alumni. 2015 is the fifth year of The Fleet Store, and will see it popping-up in partnership with SLQ’s Asia Pacific Design Library at State Library … Read more

Museums and Digital Collections

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Dr Kathy Mackey, Manager of the Queensland Academies, is undertaking a Smithsonian Fellowship in 2015 as part of her ongoing research into how the cultural and education sectors can partner more effectively in order to influence the development of design thinking as a more explicit form of inquiry based pedagogy across all areas of the … Read more

Parlour: women, equity, architecture


Parlour: women, equity, architecture needs your support as it embarks on its next phase. Parlour is a site for active exchange and discussion, Parlour brings together research, informed opinion and resources on women, equity and architecture in Australia. It seeks to expand the spaces and opportunities available to women while also revealing the many women who … Read more