Spanning 11 days and over 160 events, Melbourne Design Week returns to celebrate the work of local and international designers, highlighting Melbourne as one of the international design capitals. This year’s theme is Design Effects, a topic that looks to explore how design can help deliver change for the environment and the global population.
This broad theme is examined through dozens of exhibitions of groundbreaking work, talks from leaders in the design field and participatory workshops – including the Melbourne Art Book Fair where you can be amongst the first to pick up Assemble Papers #9! – at the NGV International, NGV Australia and partner venues throughout Victoria.
We’ve picked a few of the program highlights below – check out the full program, buy tickets and see what else is happening over at the Melbourne Design Week website.
Heritage, Activism, Architecture NGV International, NGV Members Lounge, Wed 21 Mar, 6–8pm Presented by Parlour, Heritage, Activism, Architecture focuses on Christchurch and the reconstruction effort after the devastating 2010/11 earthquakes. When the government response became set on demolition of socially and culturally significant city fabric, heritage advocates banded together with a raft of artists, art groups and activists to challenge this response. Dr Jessica Halliday, Director of Te Pūtahi: Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making, talks to Professor Paul Walker of the Melbourne School of Design, about the new coalitions that emerged to aid in reactivating the city and including the city populous in their design response.
Blak is the New Blak: Australian First Nations Women in Fashion NGV International, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, Fri 23 Mar, 6.30–7.30pm Chaired by Kimberley Moulton, Senior Curator of the South Eastern Australian Aboriginal Collection, Museum Victoria and presented by Koorie Heritage Trust, this talk highlights how Australian First Nations female designers are leading the way in their fields by appropriately and sensitively incorporating a legacy of Indigenous cultural design and design principles into their wares.
This exciting panel is made up of independent creators who are taking an active role in the development and realisation of their own fashion, jewellery or accessory products. Panellists include Lyn-Al Young of Lyn-Al Young Designs, Kristy Dickenson from Haus of Dizzy, TJ Cowlishaw of Aarli and Grace Lillian Lee of Grace Lillian Lee Designs. Booking essential.
Assemble Papers #9 Launch Testing Grounds, Sun 18 Mar, 5–8.30pm Last but certainly not least, we definitely won’t be missing the launch of Assemble Papers #9 at Testing Grounds. In this issue, we turn out focus onto the idea of ‘radical families’, looking at how spaces – architectural and otherwise – and social practises can support an extended concept of what family looks and functions like. See you there!
Onigiri is a staple found everywhere in Japan: from the aisles of convenience stores to fancy food halls. This week, the wonderful Julia Busuttil Nishimura shares two quick recipes for home made onigiri with mustard greens and umeboshi, and mushroom onigiri (scroll down for more), for a rice-filled belly on the go
As a number of Melbourne's prominent gay venues started to close down, Sam Cremean felt a sense of loss. This prompted him to investigate what was happening to gay neighbourhoods internationally. He discovered that these important spaces were slowly disappearing from cities around the world
Where European architecture starts with the exterior shape of the building, Asian buildings are imagined from the inside out. Curators of the acclaimed Indonesia Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2018, Ary Indra and David Setiadi, elucidate how 'emptiness' is sculpted in Indonesian architecture, one remarkable building at a time