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23 November 2017

Melbourne Design Week is set to return in 2018 with a bold new initiative: the $30,000 Victorian Design Challenge.

Melbourne Design Week is a ten-day program of events and exhibitions that celebrate design while strengthening, supporting and promoting the Victorian design industry. It is an initiative of the Victorian Government, presented by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).

Melbourne Design Week 2018 will run from 15-25 March, with a newly launched design competition as a cornerstone.

The Victorian Design Challenge invites Victorian designers to form multi-disciplinary teams with professionals from other sectors and use design to target a real-world problem.

In 2018, the NGV is partnering with VicHealth to set the theme of the Challenge, asking design teams to respond to the question: How might we increase the resilience of today’s young people?

A prize of $30,000 will be awarded to one winning team to help fund further development and prototyping of their design.

Interested parties are invited to attend a Design Challenge Information Session at NGV International on Friday 1 December 2017 from 5.30 – 7.30pm.

Competition entries are due on Wednesday 7 March 2018.

Design industry professionals are also invited to submit events for the upcoming Design Week program, responding to the 2018 theme ‘Design Effects’.

What effects does design have on the environment around us? How is design a catalyst for change? What change do we want this to be? Event proposals should explore these questions through the lens of design innovation, design for social impact, urbanism, object culture, or design business.

Submissions for the 2018 Design Week program close on Friday 8 December.

Visit the Melbourne Design Week website for details