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16 December 2016

The Victorian Government has teamed up with the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) to deliver a new dedicated program to celebrate, promote and strengthen Victorian design.

a brightly coloured installation

Haven't you always wanted...? by M@ STUDIO Architects for the 2016 NGV Architecture Commission.
Photo: Peter Bennetts

The Victorian Design Program will offer a curated year-round calendar of events for the design industry, students, businesses and the broader public, culminating in a new Melbourne Design Week each March.

Speaking at the 2016 Premier's Design Awards, Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said the program would be developed and presented in collaboration with the design industry.

Design is one of Victoria's fastest growing sectors and a major part of the state's $23 billion creative economy. In addition to being a thriving industry in its own right, design is a critical capability behind innovation in other sectors.

The 2017 Melbourne Design Week will run from 16-26 March, curated by the NGV in collaboration with an industry advisory panel, including:

  • Claire Beale, National Director, Design Institute of Australia;
  • Cameron Bruhn, Editorial Director, Architecture Media;
  • Alison Cleary, Victorian Chapter Manager, Australian Institute of Architects;
  • Vincent Lazzara, Chairman, Australian Graphic Design Association;
  • Susan Tait, Co-Founder and Creative Director, TAIT
  • Karen Webster, Head of Strategy and Development, Whitehouse Institute of Design

The program will include exhibitions at the NGV and other venues; international guests and keynote speakers; business-to-business programs; product launches, children's projects and more.

It will also feature a new open-access program developed in partnership with Open House Melbourne, connecting Victorians to design-led businesses, manufacturers, facilities and institutions.

Victorian design professionals and organisations are now invited to submit proposals for Melbourne Design Week events responding to the theme 'Design Values'.

The full program for Melbourne Design Week 2017 will be announced in early February 2017.

Find out more at designweek.melbourne