Program launches ahead of Geelong’s 2021 Design Week

February 25, 2021 BY

Deputy mayor Trent Sullivan and Broc the Kasbah owner Amal. Photo: MIKE DUGDALE, CITY OF GREATER GEELONG

THE City of Greater Geelong has launched the program for Geelong’s Design Week ahead of next month’s creative festivities.

The program will feature a diverse range of exhibitions, experiences, and workshops between March 18-28.

Available for online viewing in 2021, Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher said the event will showcase the best of the region’s designers, artists and innovators.

“The exhibitions, performances and experiences on offer are really exciting and I’m sure many of them will challenge current thinking and pique imaginations,” Cr Asher said.

Much like the current times, the theme is ‘unpredictable’ and participants exploring how they can push the boundaries of creativity and design while addressing current global challenges.

Following a cancellation last year as a result of the pandemic, 2021 will mark the third time this event has been held by the city.

“We are thrilled to be delivering Geelong Design Week in full this year – our local creative community has so much to offer,” Cr Asher said.

“I know this past year has been challenging for those in the arts sector, but it’s also been a year where many artists have had a chance to explore their creativity more than ever.

“As a result, the program for Geelong Design Week 2021 is full to the brim with wild, inspiring and transformative concepts and creations.”

Highlighted events include ‘RONE in Geelong’ which is a gallery installation by the locally-born artist exploring his own fascination with beauty and decay.

The internationally recognised artist will share his early stencil works and photographs of major installations, as well as his prior public art commonly known for spearheading Melbourne’s street art movement.

During the week, the city will also be diving into upcoming plans for a new public space to be created on Bayley Street, as well as promoting local artists through the open studio trail from Geelong to the Bellarine Peninsula.

Chair of economic development portfolio, councillor Peter Murrihy, said bookings were essential for most events.

“Book now for your chance to explore our past, present and future through exhibitions, performances, tours, workshops, storytelling, and immersive digital technologies,” Cr Murrihy said.

“Events include unique behind-the-scenes experiences, as well as opportunities to participate in hands-on workshops with master artisans.”

The program presented by the City of Greater Geelong aims to celebrate the region’s global status as Australia’s only UNESCO Creative City of design.

“Geelong Design Week presents a unique opportunity to see Geelong’s wealth of creative talent on display, while also learning how clever design plays such a key role in our success as a community,” Mr Murrihy said.

To find out more and book your tickets head to geelongcityofdesign.com.au/geelong-design-week.

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