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Melbourne Design Week is an annual 11-day program of talks, tours, exhibitions, launches, installations, and workshops that champion design. We are thrilled that Abbotsford Convent has been selected as a hub for this year’s celebrations, and have a wonderful program of innovative, free and low-cost events to share with you.

Program

Birrarung x Abbotsford Convent

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19 May
Presented by NGV

Presented by NGV as part of Melbourne Design Week, come along to this exciting one-day event at Abbotsford Convent, celebrating and reflecting the relationship between the Birrarung and Abbotsford Convent, which sits on Wurundjeri land.

This thought-provoking program of events and experiences throughout the day include Cultural River Walks with Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Bill Nicholson, a site-specific sound installation from Dylan Martorell, and a reflection on the new Abbotsford Convent Masterplan (2022) from Hassell’s Jeroen Hagendoorn.

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IM-PERMANENT

18 — 28 May
Hosted by Ellis Jones, RMIT Industrial Design and Convent Live 

Discover how mycelium demonstrates circular practice through more than 20 artworks, spanning sculpture, apparel, lighting, architectural pieces and more. FREE  

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IM-PERMANENT: Artist talks

21, 27 & 28 May
Hosted by Ellis Jones, RMIT Industrial Design and Convent Live

 Join the creators of the exhibition IM-PERMANENT for a discussion about their work. You’ll hear from selected artists, including Alia Parker, Chris Miller of Studio Flek, Gyungju Chyon, Richard Greenacre, Mechelle Shooter and Josh Riesel on the thinking, process and challenges in creating their pieces for this unique exhibition. 

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Origin to Object

22 — 28 May
Presented by CERES Fair Wood and Convent Live

Do not miss a rare furniture exhibition featuring the incredible works of local makers using sustainable timber. FREE but bookings essential to the opening event.

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Origin to Object: Meet the Makers in Conversation

24 May
Presented by CERES Fair Wood and Convent Live

Meet the makers behind the pieces in this panel discussion facilitated by CERES Fair Wood’s Manager Hayden Cronin. Explore the themes of this year’s Melbourne Design Week with makers Patrick Holcombe, Georgie Szymanski and Gaby Miegeville-Little.

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