Luritja artist, Kayannie Denigan's large-scale graphic intervention 'My Country'.

20 November 2020

Whether you’re attending in person or virtually, DESIGN Canberra has something for you.

Celebrating Canberra as a global city of design, the 2020 festival is on until 29 November, featuring more than 200 events including exhibitions, talks, workshops, open studios, tours, an online auction of works, and unique access to Canberra’s architectural gems.

Program Director Kate Nixon said she considered the festival to be “a temporary intervention in the city” - something you have to visit while it’s on – as they hoped to leave no trace after it was over.

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, DESIGN Canberra recognise that not everyone will have the chance to attend this year’s festival.

To connect with those who may have missed out, DESIGN Canberra has curated a DESIGN Anytime program. It includes self-guided tours of iconic architecture and contemporary design throughout Canberra, as well as online exhibitions, videos and interviews.

“If you’re coming to Canberra, or living in Canberra and want to do a mid-century architecture tour, we have some great self-guided tours, and we are also adding public art walking tours, so you can go at your own pace,” Kate said.

For those who can attend the festival, there is still plenty to see. There are also many free exhibitions, open studios and installations which don’t require bookings.

While you’re walking around Lake Burley Griffin, be sure to stop at Queen Elizabeth Terrace to admire Indigenous artist Kayannie Denigan’s spectacular large-scale graphic intervention ‘My Country’.

Kayannie Denigan (right), with Wiradjuri artist Mackenzie Saddler (left).

Kayannie said she was inspired to create the artwork after she flew over the land of her ancestors in Central Australia and was struck by the beauty of the harsh desert. Upon returning home she set out to incorporate those elements in her art.

“This piece brings the individual beauty of scrub, water bodies, boulders and hills across my country to my new home in Canberra,” Kayannie said.

This year’s theme of ‘Care’ is related to the unprecedented challenges people are currently facing, including climate change and COVID-19.

Kate said the theme had brought a beautiful vibe to the festival.

“I feel people have taken a moment to slow down a little bit and enjoy these things because there’s not so many things to go to do. You get to enjoy them a more because you’re not so rushed off your feet,” she said.

“It’s been such a hard year but the silver lining is that we can really appreciate what we’ve got here in Canberra.”

For more information on Design Canberra Festival and Design Anytime, visit

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