The GAD is a public gallery established in April 2009 as a collaborative project between the University of Canberra, the Australian Institute of Architects, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and the National Museum of Australia.

Dr Michael Bryce AM AE is the founding Patron of the GAD. His commitment has been vital to the development of the gallery.

Originally located in Commonwealth Place on Lake Burley Griffin the GAD relocated in 2014 to its first urban shop-front gallery in Kingston Canberra. The gallery supports a rich program of small sharp exhibitions and events for a diverse audience. The GAD has the opportunity to co-present major design exhibitions and outreach programs at the National Museum of Australia as part of its continuing relationship with that significant cultural institution.

At the GAD we believe that design reflects and shapes the world we live in and influences our quality of life – making it better every day.

We are interested in problem solving, creative thinking and modern collaborative approaches to design – in the interest of our society.

The GAD embraces:

  • Architecture
  • Landscape architecture
  • Engineering
  • Product design
  • Graphics
  • Furniture
  • Fashion
  • Environmental design
  • Virtual design

We are the first and remain the only not-for-profit institution in Australia solely dedicated to the exhibition of design.

What We do

The GAD explores and promotes Australian Design through exhibitions at a range of venues, with entertaining events and seminars, targeted workshops and a raft of outreach projects.

Through its programs the GAD:

  • Exhibits design quality
  • Champions creativity and new talent
  • Showcases excellence in design and celebrates individual achievements
  • Stimulates public interest in the role and value of design
  • Presents international influences related to Australian design

In this way we aim to build knowledge and appreciation about contemporary Australian design and about its makers.