This year, Sydney is a hub for events celebrating all things creative and inventive.

For those seeking inspiration, or searching for like-minded people, these art and design stalls and exhibitions have something to offer.



Australian Life Exhibition

The Australian Life Exhibition is a collection of 28 images taken by amateur and professional photographers. Each photo documents a moment representing part of Australian life and culture – from love, to loss, to larger-than-life spectacles. The competition has been running for over 15 years, with the winning photographer receiving $10,000, as chosen by a panel of professional photographers, artists, and curators. If you’re interested in seeing these images for yourself, you can head down to Hyde Park until the 9 October, and take part in one of Australia’s biggest photography prizes for yourself. Prepare to be amazed.



Sydney Design Week

A week of wonderful exhibitions, talks, film screenings, and workshops, Sydney Design Week is a unique and rewarding experience. It’s presented by the Powerhouse, and celebrates the designers defining a cultural movement in Sydney. Featuring an exhibition of over 20 new designers, you’ll be able to see the experts at work, before participating in your own design through a variety of workshops including making paper planes chairs and drawing classes for kids. It’s bound to be a week of inspiration and excitement.


A Liveworks Event © Alex Davies


Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art

The Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art includes 18 live shows and 9 digital events. This 10 day festival at Carriageworks is a showcase of Australian, Asian-Pacific, and First Nations artists, highlighting their innovative and original artistic ideas. The festival kicks off with Live Now, a free concert showcasing experimental art from the Asian Pacific. Then, you can engage with Live Dreams, which delivers works in progress from around the country. Finally, it all ends with Live Futures, emphasising new beginnings with artist-led conversations about the future. You’re guaranteed to leave inspired.



Bright Sparks

Part of the Spark Festival, which celebrates innovative and original startups, Bright Sparks: Youth Design Challenge is all about the next generation. It’s held on 21 October, and invites youth between 15-25 to participate in a half-day workshop, seeking to find creative design solutions to national and community challenges. Participants will brainstorm solutions and create prototypes, before pitching these designs to local business professionals. It’s a great way to get hands-on in the design world.


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Creative Industries Day

Hosted by TAFE, the Creative Industries Day is held to focus on career pathways and opportunities in creative industries. It includes many workshops, including the opportunity to make your own block or mono print, as well as tutorials and talks with other creatives. Visitors will also be able to engage with exhibitions, and other events like a ceramics market and short film festival. If you’re a creative, this is the place for you.


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