A.G.M. Expo ’19

A.G.M Expo ’19 is a collaborative exhibition celebrating collaboration in the Australian contemporary design industry. Hosted by Friends & Associates, the show will feature new and original work from more than sixty of the country’s most exciting established and early-career designers.

A.G.M. is Friends & Associates’ annual exhibition and it follows hot on the heels of the Welcome to Wasteland exhibition at Melbourne Design Week 2019. Last year’s A.G.M. received outstanding feedback from participants and attendees, and this year’s A.G.M. will be even bigger and more diverse with lots of new participants across a broad range of design fields.

Dale Hardiman of Dowel Jones and Tom Skeehan of Skeehan Studio founded Friends & Associates to create a platform that focuses on camaraderie and creative collaboration. The national design collective reinforces the support and unity that is present in the contemporary design industry, and organises self initiated projects by and for designers.

Furniture makers, lighting designers, ceramicists, glass blowers and other designers and craftspeople will come together from across Australia to present a cross-section of work, with some of the contributors working in disciplines outside their norm. The designers are at varying levels and stages of their careers, and early-career and established designers exhibit alongside each other to reflect the egalitarianism of the collaboration and equal value of designers’ work.

“In 2018 we went out to meet lots of early-career designers in a broad representation of creative practice as we want the outcomes to be as diverse as possible,” says Dale. “We look for designers who are interested in participating in collaborations and supporting Australian design in the future.”

In 2018, National Gallery Victoria selected works from A.G.M. for its permanent collection, including ceramics by Damon Moon, a concrete seat by Maddie Sharrock and a marquetry cabinet by Adam Goodrum and Arthur Seigneur.

Friends & Associates will present A.G.M Expo ’19 from 20 to 22 June in the historic Melbourne Meat Market building The Stables. A.G.M is free to attend and open to the public.


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