The centre of design for our island.
Design Tasmania is a not-for-profit design centre dedicated since 1976 to furthering design in Tasmania through our exhibitions, collection and store.
Our programs, activities and advocacy are designed to embrace diversity, encourage inclusivity and champion professionalism, bringing design to as many as possible.
Gary Cleveland AM (1930-2020)
Design Tasmania was founded in 1976 by Gary Ogle Cleveland AM and Pat Cleveland, and was envisaged by Gary Cleveland as the heart-centre of design for Tasmania.
In 1991 Gary established the Design Tasmania Wood Collection, now with over 80 pieces and on permanent display in various curatorial iterations throughout the galleries. Exhibitions of this collection have toured from Launceston and Hobart to Hawaii, Beijing to New York, Parliament House to Germany, Sweden, Finland and Japan.
Today Design Tasmania welcomes more than 100,000 visitors a year in person and hosts globally accessible presentations online, continuing to fulfil Gary's mission to have Tasmanian design recognised worldwide.
“I aspired to bring together elements such as a place for reflection, a space for children, an area to display ideas in a challenging way, and above all a place where imagination was dominant”
–Gary Cleveland AM
For over 40 years Design Tasmania has supported the careers and practices of thousands of design creatives from our island, Australia and beyond to advance the value of design in our daily lives.
Our public programs offer over 100,000 visitors a year the opportunity to engage in design and culture to celebrate some of the most highly regarded practitioners in the field of design. From weaving workshops to international innovators and kids' tours, the galleries showcase activities for everyone from the design curious to established design professionals.
Design Tasmania Wood Collection
The Design Tasmania Wood Collection is an evolving collection of contemporary Tasmanian wood design. It is the only museum collection of its type in Australia.
The collection was established in 1991, with the aim to champion and showcase Tasmanian wood designers and makers, and to highlight Tasmania’s unique position in the global design industry. There are 80 pieces in the Collection, and work is acquired biennially (every two years) with the support of Design Tasmania’s Fellows donor program.
Claire is the Executive Director at Design Tasmania, where ‘design makes the difference’, she is also the immediate past National President and Chair of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). Formerly, Claire was Programs Manager of the Textile Design degree at RMIT University. Her research explores creative relationships enabled through design projects, with a view to changing the way we think about design leadership, practice, and advocacy. Her aim is to change the conversation around design in the wider community, and create opportunities to showcase the value that design brings to our economic and cultural capital.
Sarah began her career in the performing arts in Sydney working with celebrated Australian institution Belvoir Street Theatre and Performance Space before moving to Japan to work in television advertisement production. She then returned to Australia continuing her career in film and television production and the visual arts. Sarah worked for celebrated artist Rosemary Laing on several of her iconic series, and also held the position of Plenipotentiary at Grantpirrie Gallery in Sydney before pursuing a role in corporate for St Vincent de Paul Society. Sarah comes to Design Tasmania with a wealth of knowledge in production and the arts as well as a dedication to services in the not-for-profit sector.
Christina is a practicing artist and illustrator with a background in creative and digital marketing and holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Business from Monash University. Christina began working as a volunteer with Design Tasmania in 2018 as a way to get involved with the design community and gain insight into the industry as a part of her own art and design practice. In 2020 she was hired as our Communications Assistant and is an invaluable part of our Executive Team while continuing to flourish in her own business.
Lauren is a registered BAS Agent and holds a Diploma in Accounting as well as a Certificate IV in Business. Lauren started out in Education but the numbers always spoke to her, leading her to pursue studies in finance and start her own business as a Bookkeeper in 2013. When she's not crunching numbers, she can be found doing literal crunches as a Pilates Instructor or training in the gym, as she holds a National Powerlifting title as well as a Ms. Figure Classic, Tasmania Bodybuilding title.
Board of Directors
Co-Chair, director since 2017
Bianca Welsh is a co-owner of three Launceston award-winning businesses; Stillwater Restaurant and Seven Rooms, Black Cow Bistro and is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness in the workplace among many things and graduated with a Bachelor of Behavioural Science in 2018.
In 2015, she jointly won the title Electrolux Appetite for Excellence’s Young Restaurateur of the Year, and was a state finalist in the Young Australian of the Year category having been recognised for her contribution to youth issues that year also.
Bianca was the winner of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce Professional of the Year in 2017 and awarded the Tourism Minister’s Young Achiever Award for the state in 2019.
Director since 2020
A Tasmanian born and based multidisciplinary creative, Megan established her own practice at the beginning of 2020. Previously she was Lead Designer and Art Director for DarkLab, responsible for the Dark Mofo festival brand identity since its inception (2013-2019), leading the in-house team in the delivery of brand positioning, marketing and communications for cultural and placemaking projects. Her design work has been recognised with eight AGDA Awards and a Grand Diemen, and her jewellery with the 2016 Design Tasmania Award. She sat on the national judging panel for AGDA Awards in 2020.
Expert in branding, communication design and campaign strategy with cut-through. She designs for universal appeal grounded by local understanding, taking a research based, collaborative approach to deliver solutions that communicate seamlessly across all platforms with purpose built teams of specialists.
Megan is interested in the power of design to unify communities and convey sense of place.
Geoffrey Cameron Marshall
Director since 2018
Geoffrey Cameron Marshall is a furniture and lighting designer based in Launceston. Geoffrey has been recognised nationally and internationally for his work, including the 2017 Dangerous Design Award and the 2017 Australian Timber Design Award.
Geoffrey’s current practice focuses on combining new technologies with traditional techniques. The resulting products are hand finished and assembled, ensuring quality and artistic integrity.
Director since 2018
Andrea has a business background, with over 20 years in the hospitality industry. Her last (and best) business was the social enterprise, Fresh on Charles (1999-2013). There she honed her skills in grassroots advocacy for social justice, environmentalism, the arts and animal welfare.
After a stint as the manager of Harvest Community Farmers’ Market, Andrea was elected to City of Launceston Council, followed by three years in state parliament. She returns to council, an experienced elected representative to tackle issues of waste management and food security.
Director since 2020
David is the managing director of his public practice accounting firm DK Accounting & Advisory. With a masters of taxation and experience lecturing in both statistics and accounting theory, you will frequently find David nerding out over some spreadsheet or paragraph of new legislation.
David has a passion for community building, and in recognition of his extensive voluntary contributions to a range of grassroots groups and not-for-profit boards, he has received multiple Tasmanian Young Achievers Award nominations, and was honoured to be a Tasmanian Volunteers Award finalist in 2019. Outside of his business, David spends his spare time training for half-marathons or enjoying a casual game of table tennis.
Director since 2020
Peter Forrest (MAICD) is an IT specialist and is the Founder and Managing Director of Launceston IT. His experience as a business owner across industries of building and construction, real estate (AU/USA), information technology and telecommunications enhances his contribution to strategic vision for Design Tasmania. Peter is currently undertaking studies to complete the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course to enhance his contribution performance and decision-making with pragmatic professional development to his director roles on boards in Australia. Peter is passionate about helping organisations reach their full potential through optimised development, healthy system-building and strong governance.
Designers & Makers
Design Tasmania exhibits, promotes, and provides mentoring support for Tasmanian designers and craftspeople.
We enable Tasmanian designers and artisans to show how design makes a difference, not just to a privileged few, but to all in our community.
We encourage creative risk-taking and facilitate the creation and exhibition of new works, to broaden the national and international audience for Tasmanian craft and design, and champion a culture of creativity, inclusion and innovation.
We promote Tasmania as a dynamic leader in the Australian design landscape through commitment to collaboration, innovation and meaningful action.
Our advocacy for designers can be measured through exhibition outcomes as well as professional development programs, national and international communications campaigns and more. Many of these programs prioritise our Designer Members and advocate strongly for showcasing excellence in design.
Your membership and donation pledges help demonstrate the public value of Design Tasmania. By joining us you become a part of a community that helps to enrich the cultural landscape of art, craft and design on our island.