DESIGN WEEK HUBS
Melbourne’s showrooms, ateliers, galleries, museums and public spaces host events that explore the theme Design the world you want. Eight hubs – Collingwood Yards, Melbourne Connect, Melbourne Design Fair, MPavilion, NGV, RMIT Design Hub and Design Archives, Scienceworks and the Victorian Pride Centre – cluster some of the program’s highlight events.
There are over 300 events that explore the broad spectrum of design disciplines in the 2022 program. What unites the various talks, workshops, tours, exhibitions and launches is a focus on experimentation, innovation and ideas that enrich the world.
The Melbourne Design Fair is a new annual showcase to experience the best collectible contemporary design. Occurring over five days from March 16-20, experience over 100 established and emerging Australian designers and makers in presentations staged by leading studios, commercial galleries and design organisations.
MELBOURNE ART BOOK Fair
The Melbourne Art Book Fair brings together publishers, artists and designers to showcase some of the world’s best publications in bookshops, galleries, libraries, community centres and public gardens across Melbourne and Victoria. In 2022, the fair extends its schedule across the entirety of Melbourne Design Week.
VICTORIAN PREMIER’S DESIGN AWARDS
Established by the Victorian Government in 1996, the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards are an opportunity to highlight and celebrate local design capability. The Awards provide an opportunity for businesses and the community to better understand the role of design in creating functional, safe and efficient, products, services and spaces. They also showcase the depth of design talent in Victoria and the capability and capacity of the Victorian design industry.
In 2021, Melbourne Design Week explored the theme ‘Design the world you want’ and asked designers to consider how they could collaborate to create a better and healthier future. In 2022, the program continues with this call-to-action to celebrate the diverse ways design can work towards this better future. Two pillars – civic good and making good – provide a focused exploration of the main theme.
Design and creativity can transform aspects of society by benefiting everyone rather than individuals. The thematic of ‘civic good’ encourages participants to think beyond the individual, and look to the objects, buildings, designs and services that make people feel part of a community, and importantly, serve the common interest.
The value of a design is not only judged through its functional or aesthetic impact, but also on its environmental and social impact on the planet. Whether digital or physical, handmade or manufactured, service, system or object, making good considers the many ways in which ideas and experiments are realised through the lens of ethical and sustainable practices that rethink design processes, production and materials.