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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Melbourne Design Week? 

Melbourne Design Week celebrates design in an annual 11-day program of talks, tours, exhibitions, launches, installations, and workshops across Australia’s design capital. The program is driven by ideas through providing a platform for designers, educators, enthusiasts, thinkers, and businesses to come together to share these ideas, show and sell new work, and consider how design can be used as a force for good in an increasingly complex and precarious world.  

When and where does Melbourne Design Week take place?   

Melbourne Design Week will take place from 23 May – 02 June 2024. The program is held across Melbourne and regional Victoria in cultural institutions, studios, retail spaces, universities, galleries, gardens and public spaces. Check the Melbourne Design Week program when it launches April 2024 for individual event details and subscribe the NGV eNews for further updates. 

Who is behind Melbourne Design Week?   

Melbourne Design Week is an initiative of the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, delivered by the National Gallery of Victoria. The curation of the program is led by NGV’s Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture. The design sector contributes to Melbourne Design Week through organising and presenting events within the program. 

I want to attend some events at Melbourne Design Week, how can I do that?   

Melbourne Design Week is open to the general public and the majority of Melbourne Design Week events are free but may require bookings and/or have capacity limits. Please check back in when the program is available to plan your visit.   

Is Melbourne Design Week accessible?   

Melbourne Design week is comprised of over 300 events located at different venues across Melbourne. Each venue will offer varying levels of accessibility. Information regarding accessibility at individual venues will be available when the program is released in mid-April.   

For further information about how Melbourne Design Week can support your access requirements in the meantime, please contact our team.   

[email protected]  
+61 (03) 8620 2222  

Click here to view more information about accessibility at NGV 

For participants   

How do I apply for Melbourne Design Week?   

Applications for the Melbourne Design Week 2024 satellite program have now closed. Applications to participate in the satellite program of Melbourne Design Week are considered via an expression of interest process. For updates on Melbourne Design Week, please subscribe to NGV eNews

How do I apply for the Melbourne Art Book Fair?   

Applications to participate in the Melbourne Art Book Fair 2024 have now closed. Applications are considered via an expression of interest process. For more information on how to participate head to the Melbourne Art Book Fair website

What if I would like to participate and missed the application deadline? 

Applications to participate in Melbourne Design Week 2024 have now closed and will reopen for Melbourne Design Week 2025 in September 2024. All enquiries regarding the Melbourne Design Week program and its EOI process should be directed to [email protected]

Will Melbourne Design Fair run in 2024?  

Melbourne Design Fair will return in 2025. The biennial event takes place at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more information on Melbourne Design Fair head to the Melbourne Design Fair website. 

Can international organisations or individuals participate in the program?   

International organisations and individuals are welcome to apply and participate in the MDW satellite program. Please note that applications have now closed for the 2024 festival and will reopen for Melbourne Design Week 2025 in September 2024.  

What are the costs to participate in Melbourne Design Week?   

There is no registration fee associated with applying to be part of the satellite program of Melbourne Design Week. All costs involved in delivering a satellite program event, including but not limited to venue hire, insurance, speaker fees and speaker related costs, production and technical staff involved in the program, multimedia hire, security, cleaning and staffing for all the program, are to be covered by the satellite program event organiser.   

What are the themes of Melbourne Design Week 2024?  

Since 2021, Melbourne Design Week has celebrated the potential of design to transform our environment – from the inside our homes to the entire planet – with the call-for-action for individuals and organisations to ‘Design the world you want’.   

Each year, three pillars sit under this call-to-action to address the ever-changing opportunities and challenges that designers face. In 2024, these pillars are: ecology, ethics and energy.  

Ecology: Ecology explores the relation of all things with each other: humans, animals, objects, environmental systems. Ecological thinking in design foregrounds the importance of the physical environment in all that we do.  

Ethics: Designers have a responsibility to address societal issues in order to contribute positively to their communities. Ethics aligns design with the values of society through providing a framework for guiding actions, behaviours and choices.  

Energy: Society is transitioning into a new era led by renewables, including solar, hydro- and wind energy alongside human power. How can designers transform systems and objects in order to power life?