General Assembly was first staged at Craft Victoria in 2007 as part of Solutions for Better Living curated by Kate Rhodes. Since then, Porter and Tilden have held a number of General Assembly events in both Melbourne and Canberra.
In 2008 General Assembly was awarded a Victorian Premier’s Design Mark in the category of self initiated, handmade objects. The judges made the following comments:
“General Assembly highlighted important concerns within contemporary design practice with both practical and conceptual outcomes. The interrogation of the local, the importance of social networks, the interactive customisation and the adding of value through the application of a good idea are all elements that make this project intriguing and outstanding.”
A review of the General Assembly project by Merryn Gates was published in Craft Culture magazine in 2008.