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Design Conversation on Art + Architecture: Creating strong communities.

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The d'Arenberg Cube

58 Osborn Road

McLaren Vale, SA 5171


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This event has been cancelled and will not take place on Saturday. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience this has caused you!

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Culture is a drive for change and an expression of individuals and communities, where tradition connects to innovation. Culture understood in its whole meaning (arts, knowledge, the diversity of living cultural expressions and creative economy), is a key element to boost creativity, to innovate, to create competitiveness in neighbourhoods, cities or rural areas and to provide quality of life for people.”

Jordi Pardo , Culture as a driver for change and development of better cities. FORM Journal, Volume Two.

Join us as we examine the relationship between culture, tourism, destination attractiveness and vibrant, sustainable communities in the regions. Cultural institutions and virtuous innovation foster engagement, wellbeing and confidence in a community.

This Design Conversation takes place on Level 2 of The Cube restaurant in recognition of its impact as a cultural attractor for McLaren Vale. The Cube represents innovation led growth that demonstrates long term thinking. We are grateful to fourth generation winemaker and father of The Cube, Chester Osborn, for hosting this event.

The theme has also been developed to recognise the 25th anniversary of Country Arts SA.


Jane Skeer

Jane is an emerging contemporary artist heavily involved in South Australia’s arts community and exhibits work throughout South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.
She has been selected to represent South Australia at BOAA - the Biennale of Australian Art, Ballarat, and is the 2018 SALA - Artist in Residence at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Earlier this year she worked in Mount Gambier activating the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre.
She was artist in residence at the Adelaide Festival Centre for the DreamBIG and SALA Festivals.

Sarah Howden, Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot, a leading Australian design firm, founded in Adelaide, has attracted global attention with its innovative SAHMRI building in Adelaide, and has developed its international profile by delivering projects for Apple and Google. A representative from the Woods Bagot design team will discuss their design process.

Victoria MacKirdy

Victoria is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Victor Harbor. She has over 20 years’ experience in Local Government having worked with a number of Councils across the State, along with the Local Government Association of SA. Victoria’s expertise and interests are in the areas of strategic planning, community engagement, economic development, governance, performance management, and organisational development.

Victoria has been a Board Member of Local Government Professionals SA for over 6 years and served as President in 2014, she is also National Director for Local Government Professionals Australia. Victoria’s commitment to LG Professionals is a true reflection of her passions for the Sector and for developing, supporting and showcasing the skills, expertise and opportunities within Local Government.

Victoria is also a Director on Country Arts South Australia, Chair of the Governance and Finance Committee for Country Arts SA and a Board Director for Regional Development Australia (Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu & Kangaroo Island).

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Brian Parkes

Brian is the CEO of the Jam Factory and has been with JamFactory since April 2010. Having worked in art and design organisations for more than 20 years he is passionate about promoting the social, cultural and economic value of creativity and design. During ten years as Associate Director at Object Gallery in Sydney, he curated several important exhibitions including the landmark survey of contemporary Australian design; Freestyle: new Australian design for living.

In 2007 Brian was one of ten curators invited by Phaidon Press, London to contribute to &Fork, a book profiling 100 emerging product designers from around the world and in 2008 he was an Adjunct Curator for the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. Brian is a graduate of the Tasmanian School of Art in Hobart and also has a significant background in commercial management within museums and galleries. He managed the merchandising and retail operations at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (1998-2000) and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (1995-98).

Design Conversations includes d'Arenberg wines and platters of local produce prepared by d'Arenberg Restaurant.

Book early as spaces are limited.

NB The price displayed on Facebook does not include GST or booking fees.

Supported by The Adelaide Review and Revolution Roofing

Image Courtesy: d'Arenberg

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