Australia’s premier annual international design event returns March 17-27.
Melbourne Design Week returns for its sixth edition, with an 11-day program of talks, tours, launches, installations and workshops across Melbourne and greater Victoria. The festival will activate a number of hubs including the National Gallery of Victoria, RMIT Design Hub, Collingwood Yards, Scienceworks, MPavilion and Melbourne Connect.
For 2022, the Melbourne Design Week program has been organized around two central ideas. The first, ‘civic good’, encourages participants to think beyond the individual and consider objects, buildings, designs and services that serve the common good and help people feel part of a community. The second, ‘doing good’, considers the social impact of design and the many ways in which design processes, production and materials can be redesigned through the prism of ethical and sustainable practice.
At CNG, the Melbourne Art Book FairThe merchant fair returns from March 18 to 20, with more than 70 stalls presenting their products in the Great Hall. (There is also a program of MABF satellite events for the duration of Melbourne Design Week.) At RMIT Design Hub, designers Dale Hardiman and Tom Skeehan, curatorial practice Friends and Associates, present a multidisciplinary group exhibition titled self-portrait. At MPavilion, a range of conversations explore everything from beauty salon policy and disco design for Indigenizing the Built Environment and make skateboarding more inclusive through design.
At the University of Melbourne on Saturday March 26, head to the advertising festival, a day-long program of lectures, workshops and music exploring ideas for public space. At Melbourne Connect, a series of events explore the intersections of design and science, while at Collingwood Yards a series of conversations led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presented by Agency Projects reflects on traditional and contemporary design processes and practices that are integral to community, sustainability and country. Elsewhere in Collingwood, visit the Zero Footprint Repurposing Hub by Revival Projects and Grimshaw, showcasing large-scale material repurposing initiatives in construction and architecture. Other highlights of the mammoth program include open nature, Open House Melbourne’s program of walks, talks, tours and events; Iconic design Presidency project; Public works by Monash Architecture; Black Jewelry at the Koorie Heritage Trust, celebrating contemporary jewelry by First Nations artists; and the annual NGV Architecture commissionthis year by Taylor Knights and James Carey.
This is also the first year that Melbourne Design Week will expand to Castlemaine and Ballarat, with a series of events including performances and poetry at Midtown Cellars and Bar in Ballarat, a regional art book fair in Castlemaine Art Museum; And much more. Another first this year is the first Melbourne Design Faira commercial showcase of limited edition, rare and one-of-a-kind collectible design by Australia’s leading emerging designers and manufacturers.
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