Object Therapy

National Exhibition Register

  • Elizabeth's Knitting Needles
    Guy Keulemans Elizabeth's Knitting Needles, 2016
    Knitting Needles repaired by Guy Keulemans
    112 X 112 X 20 mm
    Image Credit
    Photo by Lee Grant, Courtesy of Hotel Hotel

About the exhibition

Object Therapy is an exhibition and project that explores creative transformation and notions of value and repair.

In May 2016, 29 broken objects were submitted by members of the public to a team of repair researchers in Canberra before undergoing ‘therapy’. Items of furniture, ceramics, household appliances, textiles, jewellery, sentimental objects and even one human, were all treated and reimagined by noted Australian and international designers and artists including Trent Jansen, Liam Mugavin, Henry Wilson and Alison Jackson.

In transforming these loved but broken items into objects of delight and surprise, Object Therapy showcases innovative design solutions while exploring the attachments we form with objects. As a project and exhibition, it encourages us to rethink our habits of material consumption while exploring and celebrating the role and creative possibilities of repair in society.

Object Therapy is a project by Hotel Hotel. Developed in partnership with UNSW Art & Design and ANU School of Art and Design.

Exhibition Designer - Claire McCaughan. A project by –  Australian Design Centre (touring partner) Hotel Hotel, Molonglo Group and UNSW Art & Design (project collaborators) Australian National University (research partner) Project designers – Guy Keulemans (UNSW Art & Design) and Andy Marks Research investigators - Guy Keulemans, Andy Marks and Niklavs Rubenis (ANU School of Art & Design) Photography - Lee Grant.

Artists and Curator

Dan Honey, Guy Keulemans, Andy Marks and Niklavs Rubenis

Andrea Bandoni | Corr Blimey (Louisa de Smet and Steven Wright) | Susannah Bourke | Elise Cakebread | Thought Collider (Mike Thompson and Susana Cámara Leret) | Daniel Emma (Daniel To, Emma Aiston) | Franchesca Cubillo | Dale Hardiman | Benja Harney | Kyoko Hashimoto | Alison Jackson | Elbowrkshp (Elliat Rich and James B. Young) | Trent Jansen | Guy Keulemans | Dylan Martorell | Scott Mitchell | Liam Mugavin | Rohan Nicol | Monique Van Nieuwland | Yutaka Ohtaki | Halie Rubenis | Niklavs Rubenis | SMaRT@UNSW | Naomi Taplin | Henry Wilson | Richard Whiteley.

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/12/2018 - 01/06/2019
Exhibition size
Over 100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
Australian Design Centre
Contact to discuss
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Digital Catalogue, Education Kit, Exhibition Tour Manual, Installation Support Available, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities, Signage
Other materials
The exhibition will include the repaired objects; signage; exhibition furniture; high quality short film interviews with owners and designers; a full suite of supporting digital materials; and Pre-Installation Kit (including Installation Manual, Education Kit and Media Package). Adaptable public programs including opportunities for local designers to offer ‘creative repair’ services to audiences and ADC’s Design Emergency learning program for school children, aged 8-16.
Primary contact
Larna Burgess Munro
Programs Producer
Australian Design Centre
02 9361 4555
Secondary contact
Fiona Pulford
02 9361 4555
Hotel Hotel successfully received funding from the ACT Government, National Association for the Visual Arts & Arts NSW to realise the first iteration of Object Therapy. The ADC's national touring program is supported by the Visions of Australia program.