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Re-charge & infuse the mind

For lovers of all things mod – Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest will be the place for mods with ‘Design Speak - Fashion, Photography and Design’!

Whether we're aware of it or not, design surrounds us, and can be found in the tiniest of places and items. While not always known, western Sydney has long been an incubator for innovation, with organisations like Garage Graphix and Street Level setting the scene for a range of localised creative initiatives that still resonate today.

Join the Penrith Regional Gallery, Saturday 3rd March, as three contemporary designers tap into the site's rich history of creativity to explore the roots of modern aesthetics, ideas of beauty and how they create social meaning and a sense of place. Hear from Dr Alison Gill, Ms Katrina Sandbach and Dr Michelle Catanzaro from Western Sydney University as they explore how the key design elements of colour, clean lines, contrast, used by mid-century modernists - evident in the purpose designed and built shelving, mosaic floors from leftover tiles and soft furnishings made by Margo - are enjoying a resounding resurgence in contemporary design practice and our homes today.

The Gallery Site at Emu Plains is a testimony to all things modern, from the front gate to the back and interior; a home of art, architecture, interior and garden design created by modernist artist Margo Lewers. The historic home has traditionally been a central gathering place for artists, writers, and intellectuals—arguably the hub of Sydney’s Modernist scene.

A place for mods - Fashion, photography and design - 2018 Sydney Design Festival

Speaker Biographies

Katrina Sandbach is the Director of Academic Program for the Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) program in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. A designer and academic with a background in brand communication design, she is particularly interested in how visual communication affects place, and peri-urban creative industries.

Dr Michelle Catanzaro is an educator in the Design, (Visual Communication) degree at Western Sydney University. Her background as a photographer and designer informs her current practice-based research, which explores how individuals and community groups can work with visual methodologies as forms of communication.

Dr Alison Gill is a design educator in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at WSU with specialisations in design philosophy and fashion. Her current research interests are in cultures of repair, and everyday resourcefulness like customisation and making do, evidenced in publications about sport shoes, advertising, fashion, audiences/user practices, and sustainable design education.

The Penrith Regional Gallery public program will be held on Saturday the 3rd March 1pm-4pm, as part of the 2018 Sydney Design Festival places are limited so please RSVP by calling 4735 1100 to reserve your place.

Penrith Regional Gallery Website

Photo: Taken by Adam Hollingworth.

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