In Brief

Melbourne Design Week opens expressions of interest for its 2021 edition


16 September 2020

Melbourne Design Week has invited practitioners hoping to participate in its 2021 programming to get in touch.

Themed “Design the World you Want”, the week has put an open call out to designers, galleries, educators and industry. The design week will run from 26 March to 5 April 2021.

The week says: “Normal is over. The tumult of 2020 continues to demonstrate how the issues of our time – climate, public health and social justice – are intertwined. Let’s look towards the world we might make together. A critical role of design is to imagine and create alternative worlds with inventions, products, services, environments, materials and processes that respond to current issues and improve the quality of life for everyone. In 2021, Melbourne Design Week asks: Which world will we make together when we know tomorrow will be very different to today?”

An initiative of the Victorian Government and delivered by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne Design Week launched in 2017.

Tony Ellwood, director of NGV, said: “Melbourne Design Week has earned its reputation as an internationally renowned platform for Australian design and innovation. This initiative is a celebration of our thriving industry, but also an opportunity for practitioners and visitors alike to encounter and discuss work at the vanguard of design practice world-wide.”

Martin Foley, Victoria's minister for creative industries, said: “As we look ahead to a post-COVID world, design and creativity will play an important role not just in our recovery but in rethinking the status quo to build a better reality. Melbourne Design Week, the largest event of its kind in Australia, this year invites the design community to ‘design the world you want’ – an important and timely provocation.”

The week has asked practitioners hoping to participate in the event to register their interest before 9 October. Further information is available at