As we know, Geelong is the only designated UNESCO City of Design in Australia. What is the legacy of this title, particularly in the context of celebrating local design talent through events like Geelong Design Week?
As a designated UNESCO City of Design, it’s about promoting cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. It speaks to the opportunity of the city, and the potential of Geelong to forge a brighter path alongside, and learning from, other Australian cities.
Do you think Geelong – and Victoria more generally – has a unified ‘design identity’? Or is it more a question of celebrating individual perspectives, practices and styles that make up a cohesive design community?
Diversity is the key to everything we do, and inclusivity leads to better cities. In engaging with a wider collegiate, by celebrating design diversity and promoting emerging talent, our design community can benefit from each other, while helping everyone — I certainly think that’s the case.
What other events or exhibits are you looking forward to seeing in the Geelong Design Week program?
Sadly, I won’t be in Geelong for as long as I’d like. Though there are some events from the program that have definitely caught my eye and I’m hoping to find time for – like the showcase of local furniture, fabric, and lighting designers at Wurriki Nyal.
If time was not an issue, I would’ve loved to listen in on the panel diving into the design of the Nyaal Banyul Geelong Convention and Event Centre. I’m fascinated at the way it intends on activating Geelong’s unique harbourfront, and who knows, perhaps it’ll be the spot for my next show!
Geelong Design Week launches 19-29 October, running over 50+ events, talks, exhibitions, installations, experiences and more. Visit the Geelong Design Week website for the full program details.