Obsessed: Compelled to make

Last days! Must close 4 August

Obsessed: Compelled to make presents the work of 14 artists from across Australia, delving beyond the finished object, beyond the personality of the maker, into the fundamental conceptual framework of their creations.

We look at the complexities of their materials and processes, the realities of their day-to-day studio routine and unravel what compels each maker to create over the course of their personal career – Why this technique or material? Why that concept? How does the mind of a maker work?

This exhibition explores the act of making through the framework of obsession – how it consumes us, carrying us along in its wake, colouring every aspect of our lives.

With these professional artists, it is their obsessions, and all the associated angst, failures, breakthroughs and milestones, that feeds their productivity and to deliver exceptional outcomes.


Main image: Vipoo Srivilasa, 2017. Bottom images, l-r: Gabriella Bisetto, 2017; Honor Freeman, 2017. 
All Photographs by Angus Lee Forbes.


Visiting with a School


This exhibition supports F-10 curriculum in The Arts (Visual Arts) strands, Making and Responding. This showcase provides diverse examples of viewpoints and questions through which artworks can be explored and interpreted. Cross curriculum priority, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History and Cultures can also be explored in the stories and work of several artists featured in these collections and conversations.

Visit the Australian Design Centre website to preview elements of the exhibition and download the education kit

 Year 3 - 4 ACAVAM110, ACAVAR113 
 Year 5 - 6
 Year 7 - 8



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.


Event Details

30 May 2019 - 04 August 2019