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In collaboration with the Australian Design Centre, Red Room Poetry supported the commission of Canberra poet Sarah Rice as part of Poetic Moments.

Obsessed: Compelled to make presents the work of 14 artists from across Australia, delving beyond the finished object, beyond the personality of the maker, into the fundamental conceptual framework of their creations. We look at the complexities of their materials and processes, the realities of their day-to-day studio routine and unravel what compels each maker to create over the course of their personal career – Why this technique or material? Why that concept? How does the mind of a maker work?


6.00pm - 8.00pm Thursday 15 February 2018
Creative concepts: Conceptual thinking for designers and artists Interactive talk
Australian Design Centre, 113-115 William Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
Canberra poet and art theory lecturer Dr Sarah Rice presented an interactive lecture about what concepts motivate and activate art creation. How can concepts drawn from philosophy, literature and creative writing for example inspire a creative practice in the arts? The free talk was suitable for artists, craftspeople, designers, and hobbyists at any stage of their practice, and anyone interested in thinking about how artists think with their hands.
1.00pm - 4.00pm Saturday 17 February 2018 
Making meaning: A workshop for creating poetry in response to visual art, craft and design
Australian Design Centre, 113-115 William Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
Canberra poet Dr Sarah Rice led a poetry workshop encouraging participants to write creatively in response to the objects and designs in Obsessed: Compelled to make (Australian Design Centre). Focusing on the materials, processes, and motivations behind the artworks, Sarah took participants through her approach to ekphrasis – writing about art – and read her poem You – Matter, created in response to the exhibition. All abilities and experiences were welcomed.
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Obsessed: Compelled to make is an Australian Design Centre (ADC) on Tour exhibition touring to 12 venues across Australia, accompanied by a series of films and a full-length catalogue.
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