Invitation to host events in Geelong Design Week

Applications will open on Wednesday 1 September 2021 for events in Geelong Design Week 2022, which champions the creativity and innovation that makes Geelong Australia’s only UNESCO City of Design.

Local designers, artists and innovators are invited to host events during the 10-day festival from Thursday 17 March to Sunday 27 March 2022.

The theme for the event is ‘Taur’ which means ‘belonging’ in the language of the Wadawurrung people, traditional owners of Djilang (Geelong).

A total of 54 local designers, artists and innovators hosted events across this year’s 10-day program, which included Rone’s major exhibition at Geelong Gallery.

The Open Studios Trail was another highlight of the event, with 819 people following the trail to discover 15 local artists in studios and creative venues across the Bellarine Peninsula.

Applications are open from Wednesday 1 September to Sunday 31 October 2021.  For more information visit Geelong Design Week.

Mayor Stephanie Asher

“Events could include art and design exhibitions, workshops, tours, sustainability workshops, innovative dining experiences, projections, pop-up spaces and forums.

This year’s design week was an outstanding success, with more than 6000 people attended 69 events across the region.

Almost a third of the audience came from outside Greater Geelong, providing a vital boost for artists as well as our tourism and hospitality businesses.

We’re looking for events that showcase 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.”

Councillor Peter Murrihy – Chair of the Economic Development portfolio

“Design is being used to shape Geelong’s future.

As a UNESCO City of Design, celebrating clever design and creativity is part of our culture. A staggering 95 percent of people who attended this year’s event said they would attend the event again in 2022.

The theme of belonging highlights the importance of designing with equity, inclusion and diversity in mind. Every design decision we make can include or exclude people in different ways.”

Image: Artist Sai Neoh, genU Gallery mural as part of The Journey of Extraordinary Encounters, Geelong Design Week March 2021