Are you a budding designer enthusiastic about looking for a platform for your ideas? Well the NGV and Victorian Governement have once again partnered up to announce the plans for Melbourne Design Week 2018, an initiative for local designers to take inspiration from leading designers from all over the world, and for Melbourne to celebrate it’s incredible local designers.

Included in the launch of Melbourne Design Week 2018 is the theme of “Design Effects”, which aims to explore how design delivers change for people and the environment. This years theme sees the launch of the Victorian Design Challenge, which with the help of Vic Health, will see the Victorian design community generating solutions to strengthen young people’s wellbeing and resiliency.

NGV Director Tony Ellwood said “The NGV is proud to support the inaugural Victorian Design Challenge which will demonstrate the importance of design in addressing youth resilience and offer audiences’ the opportunity to hear finalists present their designs at a live presentation during Design Week”

The highlights for the 2018 installment of Melbourne Design Week will include;

  • The Satellite Program – Workshops, talks, exhibitions, tours and launches celebrating the best of Victoria’s Design community throughout Melbourne and the surrounding areas.
  • Open State – With the help of Open House Melbourne, 20 Victorian businesses across retail, health, innovation, industry and manufacturing will open their doors, revealing the ways in which design has been used to transform processes and add value to the workspace.
  • Telstra Creativity and Innovation Series – The NGV and Telstra have partnered together to present a world-leading design innovator who will speak at the NGV in a one-off event , sharing the ways they have used technology to harness creativity and realise innovative ideas.
  •   Melbourne Art Book Fair – The fourth Melbourne Art Book Fair will bring together international and local publishers and practitioners in a weekend of free talks, book launches, performances, and stalls.

Melbourne Design Week 2018 will be running from the 15th-25th of March 2018, and expressions of interest to take part in the event are open now until the 8th of December. You can apply or find out more information about Melbourne Design Week here.