Melbourne Design Week 2018
Presented by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Design Week has always served as an important platform for Australian and international designers and nurtured dialogue about the ways in which design shapes our everyday lives. Centred on the theme ‘Design Effects’, this year’s edition features exhibitions, studio tours and industry events that veer from the abstract notions of design and focus on the ways in which designers can improve our lived realities. The inaugural Victorian Design Challenge, a collaboration between Melbourne Design Week and VicHealth, invites the Victorian design community to dream up ideas that strengthen the wellbeing of young people – case in point.
Melbourne Design Week is also known for a satellite program that promotes the breadth and depth of the city’s talent along with the ideas that make Melbourne one of the most interesting design destinations in the world. Highlights include exhibitions of new works by the likes of Elliat Rich, Eugenie Kawabata, Ben Landau and Lucile Sciallano, and the fourth Melbourne Art Book Fair, which sees global and local publishers convene over a weekend of free panels, book launches, stalls and performances. The annual event has attracted more than 50,000 visitors since it launched in 2015. It’s currently the most popular publishing event in the Asia-Pacific. Melbourne Design Week runs from March 15 to March 25, 2018.