Obsessed: Compelled to Make

National Exhibition Register

  • Vipoo Srivilasa in studio
    Photo by Angus Lee Forbes Vipoo Srivilasa in studio, 2017

About the exhibition

What compels a maker to create? Why this technique or material? Why that concept? How does the mind of a maker work?

Australian Design Centre presents its major touring exhibition for 2018, Obsessed: Compelled to make. These are the stories of 14 Australian artists – stories that are at the same time unique and yet contain the frustrations and highpoints of a life of creative work that all of us can relate to, whether we are a professional artist, designer, craftsperson or hobbyist.

Gabriella Bisetto | Lorraine Connelly-Northey |  Honor Freeman, | Jon Goulder  | Kath Inglis |
 Laura McCusker |
 Elliat Rich and James B Young (Elbowrkshp) 
| Kate Rohde |
 Oliver Smith | Vipoo Srivilasa | Tjunkaya Tapaya | Louise Weaver | Liz Williamson.

Obsessed: Compelled to make explores the preoccupations that drive the creative process, moving beyond the finished work, to tell the hidden stories of making, uncovering the artists’ inspirations, day-to-day studio experiences, hours of expertise, and the joys and frustrations of obsession.

These makers have been chosen from across the spectrum of making – textiles, ceramics, furniture, metalwork, jewellery, conceptual art, glass blowing and sculptural weaving. Alongside the exhibition that will tour throughout Australia, the project is accompanied by a series of films and a full-length catalogue.

 ADC on Tour

Obsessed: Compelled to make was researched and developed under a Visions of Australia research grant and is ADC’s major national touring exhibition for 2018–2021 with the tour also supported by the Federal Government’s Visions of Australia program.

Full-length catalogue available from Object Shop and supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation.


Artists and Curator

Lisa Cahill

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
02/01/2018 - 31/12/2021
Exhibition size
Between 75-100 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, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities, Signage
Primary contact
Larna Burgess Munro
Programs Producer
Australian Design Centre
02 9361 4555