Design Tasmania acknowledges the palawa people (Tasmanian Aborigines) as the traditional owners of this island - lutruwita (Tasmania).
We recognise and respect the deep history and culture of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community; on whose unceded lands we work, gather and engage. We pay respects to Elders, past, present and future.
Design Tasmania is Australia’s premier design centre since 1976 dedicated to furthering design in Tasmania through our exhibitions, collection and retail space. We are a not-for-profit bringing design to as many people as possible with the belief that “Design Makes the Difference”™.
Design Tasmania is a respected enabler of innovative Australian design practice through a commitment to community, sustainability and impact. 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.
Located in the award-winning Gary Cleveland Galleries in Launceston, for over 44 years we have informed, inspired, educated (and sometimes challenged) the public, designers, makers, and opinion leaders to recognize and strive for excellence in design and design thinking.
Our unique location comprising of five interconnected exhibition spaces plus a retail offering housed in the adjoining Price Hall, enables us to present a rich program of events, exhibitions, projects and activities that provide opportunities for these diverse communities to gather together.
We achieve this through an artistic program built on education opportunities, engagement strategies, public programming and a strong focus on our Design Tasmania Wood Collection.
Board of Directors
Bianca Welsh – 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.
Megan Perkins – Director since 2020
Megan is a Tasmanian born and based creative with over 13 years of industry experience.
As the Lead Designer for the Dark Mofo festival since it’s inception in 2013, she built and refined the brand from scratch with Creative Director Leigh Carmichael. Up until December 2019 she was the art director for DarkLab’s brands and creative campaigns including Dark Mofo, Altar, In The Hanging Garden and Project X along with select private clients.
Megan prides herself on developing innovative solutions and delivering high-quality outcomes, specialising in brand identity and communications with cut-through and effectiveness in the real world. She assembles teams of specialist individuals that can deliver seamless solutions across all platforms including print, digital and experiential. When there is a spare moment Megan makes contemporary jewellery.
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.
Andrea Dawkins - 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.
Todd Henderson - Director since 2020
Interested in the art of making, beginning with skate ramps, hand-sewn clothing and share house furniture, the ability to transform a sketch into a fully formed three-dimensional structure has always inspired Cumulus Co-founder and Director Todd Henderson.
Todd is practical and inquisitive. He understands how things work and why they exist. This draws him away from design for the sake of design, in favour of buildability and functional performance.
Todd’s approach to architecture incorporates the inherent values of modernism, while also accounting for the importance of ‘place’. This is clear in his commitment to the use of honest, local materials. He particularly emphasises the use of wood as a way of providing warmth and a stronger connection to the local environment.
Todd is well recognised in both the architectural and broader Tasmanian business community as a former winner of the Tasmanian Emerging Architect prize, the Property Council of Australia Future Leader Award and a Graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program.
A mentor to many and a friend to more, Todd is often looked to for guidance, support and advice. He knows how to communicate an idea and he gets things done.
Ella Young - Director since 2020
Ella Young is a Senior Associate at Rae & Partners, specialising in Property and Commercial Law, having recently relocated back to Tasmania. She has worked with some of the largest national property portfolio groups and property developers in Australia, including publicly listed companies.
Ella has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business from La Trobe University in Melbourne. After being admitted to practice in the Victorian Supreme Court and to the High Court of Australia, Ella worked for a top tier law firm in Melbourne as part of their Infrastructure, Construction & Property Practice Group. She was a presenter at the Property Council of Australia Retail Leasing Seminar in both 2017 and 2018.
David Kewley - Director since 2020
Dave is a public practice accountant with over a decade of experience in the accounting/advisory industry. He is the managing director of DK Accounting & Advisory and guest lecturers at the University of Tasmania. Dave is a strong believer in community engagement and has been nominated for multiple Tasmania Young Achiever Awards, as well as being a finalist in the 2019 Volunteering Tasmania awards.
Claire Beale - Executive Director
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 Blacklock - Projects Coordinator
Christina Graham - Communications Assistant
Andy Birrell - Data Analyst and Admin Assistant
Gallery team: Michelle Blake, Martin Diesendorf, Clara Martin
Front of House Team: Sophie Krushka, Paul Rubie, Jamie Shoo Min Looi, Juliana Wheeler
Store Team: Ella Boas, Kayoko Connolly, Thelma Demesa Meraz, Matisse Lunardi, Elias Stent
Events Team: Rebecca Beaumont, Aicha Ouharda, Juanny Tan.
Consultants & Contractors
Clementine Blackman - Communications via World's End Art
Lauren Ferrington - Accounts