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Contemporary Israeli Design

[Domains], presented at the UTS Gallery, Sydney (April 2004) and RMIT Gallery, Melbourne (May-June 2004), represented the first ever Israeli contemporary design exhibition in Australia and featured thirteen of the most celebrated designers working in Israel today.

Curated by Nirith Nelson, the exhibition was commissioned specifically for the prestigious international design event Tokyo Designers Block of 2002. The critical response, however, was such that following Tokyo it traveled on to Nagoya, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Taipei, prior to Sydney and Melbourne.

As a relatively new country with a small, yet diverse, population (and therefore a limited home market) Israel has not been the easiest place for designers to establish themselves, hence many looked to Europe and the US to continue their skills and to make a name for themselves. This was particularly true until the mid-1990s. But a new generation of designers has explored a new mode of expression in their work, exploring their own ideas as well as working towards establishing a specific Israeli identity. International interest and success has been the result. This new approach was reflected in the [Domains] exhibition and hence the reason why AICE, in collaboration with the Israel Embassy, Canberra and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem, supported the presentation of the exhibition. The direct result was exposure for Australian audiences to an Israeli success story in an area not normally associated with Israel.


6-30 April 2004

UTS Gallery
Level 4
702 Harris St, Ultimo, NSW
Tel: 02 9514 1652

Opening Hours: Monday- Friday 10am – 6pm


13 May – 12 June 2004

RMIT Gallery
Storey Hall
344 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC
Tel: 03 9925 1717

Opening Hours: Monday- Friday 11am – 5pm
Saturday: 2pm – 5pm