Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation & the Australian Car
Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car presents some of Australia’s most iconic vehicles as objects of art and design.
The exhibition will feature 23 vehicles alongside photographs, models, sketches illustrations and archival materials, exploring the history of automobile design and engineering in Australia. From steam-powered ‘horseless carriages’ and the classic Aussie ute to spectacular concept vehicles, Australia has a rich legacy of innovative car design. The exhibition also presents stories behind the development of some of the great Australian vehicles and reveals the designers behind them.
“The exhibition shows the diversity and ingenuity of Australian automobile design in the variety of cars it has brought together – not only the family car but also racing cars and sports cars, high-performance production cars and concept vehicles never intended for production, demonstrating Australia’s significant past and future role in research and development,” said Harriet Edquist, Director of the RMIT Design Archives and guest curator.
Shifting Gear features a number of events, including Women in the Australian Car Industry. I am excited to share with you all that I will be joining Dr Judith Glover, lecturer of Industrial Designer at RMIT and Yan Huang, Interior Product Designer with Millard Design on Sunday 8th of March from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the NGV to discuss our experience as women working in the Australian car industry.
Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car will be on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square from 6 March to 12 July 2015.