Landscape architect and design lecturer Adrienne Erickson has been designated the inaugural Swayn Senior Fellow in Australian Design, and will maintain a dual-year post at the National Museum of Australia (NMA).
The fellowship is a new program in which Erickson will coordinate a program that celebrates and promotes Australian design.
Erickson was a landscape architecture student at QUT and worked at the Brisbane office of international landscape architecture practice EDAW, which merged with Aecom in 2009. She relocated to Beijing for the firm’s 2008 Beijing Olympics project, and was a teacher at the Central Academy of Fine Art. While in Beijing, she garnered a Masters in Cross Disciplinary Art and Design from the University of New South Wales.
The Swayn Fellowship program represents a partnership between the museum, the Swayn Gallery of Design and the Alastair Swayn Foundation, named in honour of the late Alastair Swayn, the ACT’s first government architect.
Erickson asserts that The Swayn Centre for Australian Design will become a curatorial centre at the museum. The centre claims no physical space and will coincide with programming at the National Museum, and concern the substantial National Historical Collection, while also taking into account contemporary issues to cultivate an intriguing program of Australian design.
Her two-year position will qualify as the NMA’s first named curatorial position, and will involve the planning and oversight of an Australian design program at the museum, along with the establishment of the Swayn Centre of Australian Design at the museum. The program could consist of many related events, such as exhibitions, lectures and panels.
Erickson hopes that her program will be something that Australians can be proud of and want to experience.