Geelong Design Week is a celebration of Geelong’s global recognition as a UNESCO City of Design. It acknowledges our commitment to use design and creativity to build a more sustainable, resilient and inclusive community.

Over 10 inspiring days from 17-27 March 2022, audiences embraced a rich program that responded to the theme of Taur, meaning ‘belonging’ in the language of the local Wadawurrung people.

A program of more than 50 events highlighted how design can respond to our need to belong, how we are creating places and spaces accessible to all, and how staying connected keeps us safe and promotes a better quality of life. In Wadawurrung language, we are one with our country, we are all connected.

Geelong Design Week 2022 was attended by 6,343 people. The program was made possible by the ideas, partnerships, collaborations and creative minds of local artists, designers, makers, community groups, businesses and organisations. The program provid3ed opportunities to share clever ideas, explore design thinking and stimulate creativity through talks, tours, workshops and exhibitions.

Geelong Design Week will return in October 2023. To be informed of application dates, scroll down below and subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

The story so far

A successful 22-event partnership in 2019 with the National Gallery of Victoria and the Melbourne Design Week program, progressed to become a stand-alone event in 2020 with more than 80 events. However Covid-19 forced the cancellation of this program.

In 2021, Geelong Design Week returned with the theme ‘Unpredictable’ and attracted more than 6000 people who were inspired, challenged and delighted by events showcasing local design and creativity.

More than 50 local designers, artists, innovators, schools and community groups hosted events across the 2021 program, which included Rone’s major exhibition at Geelong Gallery. Read the full report here.

In 2022, the desire to belong is what inspired us to choose taur (meaning belonging in local Wadawurrung language) as the program theme. Belonging is our emotional need to be accepted, it gives us purpose and is an essential ingredient to our satisfaction, identity, happiness, health, and longevity.

Geelong is truly a place where creativity and design drive an exceptional quality of life for our community. We look forward to showcasing local design and creativity again at Geelong Design Week 2023.

Got an idea for a great keynote speaker, activation or special event for Geelong Design Week 2023? Email us at [email protected] and let us know, we’d love to hear from you.

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