Design Play Cards

Design Play Cards

The Design Play Cards challenge, inspire and explore the opportunities for change through designing for sustainability with over 50 full colour cards!

Solve real world ‘wicked’ problems with the Design Problem cards​, be inspired by solutions in action with the Design Inspiration cards and discover opportunities for change with the Design Strategy cards.


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Romantic Conversations: The Human, Non-Human and Inhuman

November 16, 2012 12:00 am to November 17, 2012 12:00 am November 16, 2012 12:00 am to November 17, 2012 12:00 am

Call for Papers (Symposium) – RSAA Postgraduate Symposium
The University of Melbourne is holding the Romantic Conversations conference on the  16-17 November 2012. They are have a call out for papers – Abstract submissions by: 19 October 2012
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Keynote Speakers: Peter Otto (University of Melbourne), John Rundell (University of Melbourne), Bob White (UWA)


Photo competition for social change: the People & Planet International Photo Competition

People & Planet 2012 International Photo Competition

About: People & Planet is a Melbourne-based social enterprise that exists solely to support our network of small charities across Australia working for a more just, more equitable world.

We’re looking for 53 extraordinary images of people, places or objects which tell a story about a social-justice or environment issue. Photos of almost any genre will be accepted, including portraits, landscapes, animals, objects, or any combination of these. We particularly like photos which tell “good news” stories about social-justice or the environment. With 53 spots up for grabs, this is an incredible opportunity to have your photos published and achieve international recognition!

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Eligibility: Open to amateur and professional photographers from anywhere in the world

Entry Fee: FREE

Prizes: AU$2,500 in total prizes, including AU$1,500 for 1st Prize

Limit of Entry per person: 4 photos per person

Deadline: April 22nd 2012

Copyright: For details about contest rules and copyright, head to our competition website

JILL ORR Between somewhere and nowhere.

Between somewhere and nowhere is Jill Orr’s new photographic series. This body of work explores society’s obsession with authenticity and further discusses photography as a means of illusion. We are surrounded by photographs which are based on false ideals or fictions and to some extent we accept them as truth.

The photographs exhibit a staged theatrical performance with dramatic scenes of ghost like figures emerging from a haunted wetland abyss. Elusive women wear costumes of lace and white linen while props such as canaries and canoes balance an ambiguous line between gravity and humour. The ominous background fades into smoke, while bringing to your attention the artificiality of the scene. The photographs revel in the past, appropriating a macabre 19th century daguerreotype portrait.

Since the 1970’s Jill Orrs work has grappled with psychological and environmental issues within contemporary society. Moving between performance art and photography, her works explain human intervention with the non-human environment. Orr’s previous and significant works such as Bleeding Trees,Faith in a faithless land and Southern Cross: to bear and behold explore Australian history and culture in the context of the natural landscape.

Jenny Port Gallery, Level 1, 7 Albert Street, Richmond, Victoria. Jill Orr, Between somewhere and nowhere. October 26 – November 19, 2011

Making Sense, Craft Victoria.

October 12, 2011 11:00 am to October 15, 2011 11:00 am

Making Sense combines the work of artists Jasmine Targett and Debbie Symons. The works highlight the Antarctic region as a sensitive indicator of global change. Fearlessly the artists search for understanding the history of changing environmental conditions, presenting insight into mapping the forecast for tomorrow.

Tomorrow LandJasmine Targett’s luminescent series Life Support Systems uses NASA space suit helmet glass to discuss the history of monitoring the Earth’s Atmosphere and today’s attitudes towards Climate Change: the forecast for tomorrow. Deceptively beautiful the works examine alarming environmental data and the sublime beauty of impending decay.

Debbie Symons’ work is politically charged, discussing the moral and ethical consequences of ecological decisions. Symons’ drawing and video works explore the historical, political and environmental predicament of the Antarctic and its waters. The works chart the effects of environmental change on the 60 migratory species that rely on this region.

Making Sense at Craft Victoria & Federation Square Urban Screens, till October 15th, 2011.