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



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

A major touring exhibition from the Australian Design Centre, Obsessed: Compelled to make explores 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.

The focus of this exhibition is not just on the works themselves but on what drives the making process itself. The exhibition seeks to highlight why making is important to us, how we make, what motivates us to make and why more of us are making than ever before.

These makers have been chosen from across the spectrum of making – textiles, ceramics, furniture, metalwork, jewellery, conceptual art, glass blowing and sculptural weaving. The exhibition is accompanied by an education pack, a series of films and a full-length catalogue.

TEACHER WORKSHOP - date and details to be confirmed
Making meaning: A workshop for creating poetry in response to visual art, craft and design by Dr Sarah Rice.

Canberra poet Dr Sarah Rice will lead a writing workshop encouraging participants to write creatively in response to the objects and designs in Obsessed: Compelled to make.

Focusing on the materials, processes and motivations behind the artworks, Sarah will take participants through her approach to ekphrasis – writing about art – and read her poem You – Matter, created in response to the exhibition.

All abilities and experiences welcome. Register your interest on our booking form.

A fun and informative way to get excited about art!

Our Monday Tours are conducted by our Glasshouse Gallery educators. The Gallery is closed to the public on Mondays, which means you can have a more personalised experience in a quiet and relaxed setting.

Our skilled educators will give a more in-depth insight into the exhibitions, arts theory, as well as interactive age-specific exercises.Suitable for all ages.

For alternate days or times, please contact education@glasshouse.org to discuss other arrangements.

If you are focusing on a particular exhibition, specific theme or curriculum/syllabus outcome, we can tailor a program to your needs.These custom-made sessions can accommodate your students and help to create a dynamic excursion and engaging art experience.

$15 per student
2 hours (30 minute Gallery tour, 90 minute workshop).

Curriculum links:
Visual Arts

Suitable for:
Primary & Secondary students

To book your education excursion and to plan your visit to the Glasshouse please click here  


Obsessed: Compelled to make is an Australian Design Centre (ADC On Tour) national touring exhibition, presented with assistance from the Australian Government Visions of Australia program. Image credit: Louise Weaver, 2017, photograph Angus Lee Forbes.