CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade

Travelling Exhibition – OBJECT: Australian Design Centre

In 2013 the FRD designed exhibition for Object Gallery titled Cusp: Designing into the Next Decade was opened at the Casula Powerhouse. The travelling exhibition encapsulates the spirit of twelve designers’ work that hold the potential to impact lifestyle and learning in the next decade.
Presented as part of 2014 Adelaide Fringe Festival, CUSP will travel to Adelaide and from 7 Feb - 26 April it will be exhibited across two venues; the Jamfactory and the recently converted Seppeltsfield Winery in the Barossa Valley.

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University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia have launched their bold new vision for the Berndt Museum, which is Western Australia’s first indigenous cultures museum. FRD have been working closely with Kerry Hill Architects in defining the scope for the brief and contributing to the concept design to help achieve a museum that is unparalleled in its education, research and cultural conservation in Australia. Once finished, the museum will be home to extensive collections of Australian Aboriginal art and cultural materials, collections from Asia and Melanesia and UWA’s Centre for Rock Art Research and Management.


Flight 1549 - ‘Miracle on the Hudson’

On 15 January 2009 a US Airways A320 took off from New York's LaGuardia Airport, flying to Charlotte, when it collided with a flock of Canada geese and lost both engines. Instead of turning back, the pilot, Capt Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, crashed into the Hudson River and everyone on board survived! The plane has now found a permanent home at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte. FRD has been commissioned to develop a visitor experience to explain the event, the response of everyone involved and the broader story of air travel safety.

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The International Cricket Hall of Fame

After the completion of the innovative first stage at the International Cricket Hall of Fame in Bowral, FRD has just undertaken concept designs for two new galleries to be opened later this year ... 'A World Game' and new look for Don Bradman Gallery. A World Game will showcase the international breadth of cricket as it is played today and spotlight how cricket reflects the cultural diversity of the world.

World Heritage Interpretive Centre,
Blue Mountains

FRD has recently won the tender to complete the second stage of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Interpretive Centre, which is currently under construction in Katoomba. The first stage, also undertaken by FRD, included a six-month community consultation and development of an interpretive plan. The second stage will realise an immersive multimedia-based experience which introduces visitors to the richness, wonders and significance of this World Heritage area while encouraging them to explore the Blue Mountains with greater depth and insight.


The Yiwarra Kuju :
Stories of the Canning Stock Route

Opened in Canberra at the National Museum of Australia

The exhibition “tells the story of the Canning Stock Route's impact on Aboriginal people, and the importance of the Country that surrounds it, through the works of senior and emerging artists and the stories of traditional custodians”. The collection includes paintings, photographs, extensive multimedia and artefacts, and the exhibition aims to reveal their inherent meanings and supporting histories.
The project was instigated by FORM, an independent arts organisation based in Perth, and after several years of research and collaboration with respective art centres in WA, the collection was acquired by the National Museum and developed, in partnership with Form, and the designers as collaborators, into a travelling exhibition.
Freeman Ryan Design was engaged to create a design concept for the exhibition, and after intensive consultation, design develop and document the exhibition including the graphics for the NMA venue and travel to other institutions.

The Yiwarra Kuju: Stories of the Canning Stock Route exhibition

50th anniversary of the Reserve Bank of Australia

FRD were briefed to create a series of ideas, interventions and installations.

Using the RBA collections, and making them accessible to the public, the installations were installed throughout the anniversary year, 2010. Our concepts were based on bringing more of the RBA collections out into the public domain.
The result is firstly an addition to the museum FRD designed 6 years ago, also a new temporary exhibition inserted into the Banking Chamber, and the large format images to the glass facade which has a lighting sequence to create a lantern in the foyers at night. The images, "Reflections of Martin Place" are selected from the extensive photographic archive at the RBA.
The temporary exhibition in the Banking Chamber, "Planned for Progress", focusses on the developing collection and the design, construction and fitout of the modernist RBA building. It includes the competition entries for the sculptures represented at the bank, and some of the furniture designed for the fitout.

50th anniversary of the Reserve Bank of Australia


IDEA09 Awards

FRD Highly Commended in the Institutional Interior category for the exhibition Over the Front; the Great War in the Air at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra

Over the Front; the Great War exhibition

ANZAC Memorial now complete

FRD has recently complete the exhibition Spirit of ANZAC at the ANZAC Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney in collaboration with NSW Government Architect's Office

Spirit of ANZAC exhibition