Elliat Rich, 2024. Image courtesy of James Morgan
The Gradients 2024. Image by Elliat Rich
The Gradients 2024. Image by Elliat Rich

Designwork 08

Presented by Sophie Gannon Gallery


Thu 23 May 11:00am - 5:00pm
Fri 24 May 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sat 25 May 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sat 25 May 11:00am - 1:00pm
Opening Event
Tue 28 May 11:00am - 5:00pm
Wed 29 May 11:00am - 5:00pm
Thu 30 May 11:00am - 5:00pm
Fri 31 May 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sat 01 Jun 11:00am - 5:00pm


Free, No Booking Required


Sophie Gannon Gallery
2 Albert Street, Richmond VIC, Australia


Accessible bathroom, All gender bathroom, Assistance animals welcome, Low sensory / relaxed, Wheelchair accessible

Designwork 08 is Sophie Gannon Gallery’s 8th annual exhibition of works by some of Australia’s best designers. This year’s exhibition features new work by Elliat Rich, based in Alice Springs (Mparntwe), and Danielle Brustman from Melbourne (Naarm/Birrarung-ga).

The Gradients; first appearance is the first of an ongoing exploration with new material and technique, to form a series of jewellery boxes. The Gradients form part of a broader philosophical framework that uses mythology as both critique of the modern West and propositions for new ways of understanding and relating to our planet. This endeavour, Designing Mythology, uses abstractions of scientific understandings told through story and artefacts.

Split by Danielle Brustman is a collection of sculptural wall mirrors derived from a series of personal symbols and recurring design patterns that have been abstracted and halved. Some parts are missing, others fit together.  The project talks to broken things, bust ups and altered reunions.


Danielle Brustman

Danielle Brustman’s Melbourne-based studio encompasses a broad spectrum of practice, from residential interiors to commercial and public spaces. Her design narrative is driven by dynamic colour relationships, geometric shapes and fantastical forms. Her work ‘Spectrum: An exploration of colour’ was installed under Leonard French’s kaleidoscopic cut-glass ceiling in the Great Hall as part of the NGV Triennial in 2021. Brustman’s installations and work have also been presented at Melbourne Now: National Gallery Victoria 2023, Rigg Design Prize National Gallery of Victoria (2018) and Melbourne Design Week (2020, 2021, 2022,2023).

Elliat Rich

Elliat Rich is a designer who works with many distinguished clients and collaborators within central Australia and nationally. Her practice covers cross-cultural resources, exhibition design, public art and furniture design. Her design pieces are held in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) and Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory (MAGNT). In 2017, Rich collaborated with Estudio Campana (Brazil) to create a large scale soft domed structure for the entrance hall of the NGV’s Triennial.

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