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


Open Studios at Abbotsford Convent

23 – 26 May
Presented by Abbotsford Convent and Convent Made

Abbotsford Convent takes you inside local artist and designer studios for creative conversations about process and product. Join Jack Hancock (The System), Kathryn LeopoldsederRema O’Neill et Ghostwares, and end your tour with a glass of bubbles and conversations. 


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Sound of Drawing & Voice Lab by Polyglot Theatre

31 May2 June
Presented by Polyglot Theatre and Abbotsford Convent

Bring your children to witness texture and technology come together in an interactive soundscape and communal works of art with Sound of Drawing  and participate in a beautifully designed experience where they can share their thoughts and opinions, with Voice Lab.

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Birrarung x Abbotsford Convent

23 – 24 May
Presented by Wurundjeri educators et Couvent d'Abbotsford

Join a series of Cultural Walks by Wurundjeri educators, sharing their extensive knowledge of land, history and ecology. Move through place to reflect on the relationship between land and story, and past and present histories.

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Collection In Progress

27 May – 2 June
Presented by Studio
Adeney and Abbotsford Convent

Explore this interactive exhibition and dive into the mind and process of designer-maker Patrick Adeney. Engage with the designer personally during this exhibition, as he provides a behind-the-scenes look into the workings of a designer maker. 

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30 May 2 June
Presented by Trove Workshop and Abbotsford Convent

Consider the notion of holding, of things, space and speculation with Holder. An exhibition aiming to highlight the process of craft over industrialised objects.

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Preserving the Past

24 – 26 May
Presented in partnership with Edwin Fox, Richard Lloyd and Abbotsford Convent

Delve into the world of furniture restoration amidst the incredible heritage of this iconic landmark. Learn a comprehensive approach to restoring and revitalising your mid-century furniture in a thorough, step by step process. 

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SKIP by Tweed Twigs

25 May – 2 June
Presented by Tweed Twigs, Ghost Wares and Couvent d'Abbotsford

Explore a path that is living and thriving, by the imprint created long after a skipping stone’s journey across water. This exhibition provides a perspective that blurs the lines of landscape and physics.

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Nostalgia by misc objet

24 – 26 May
Presented by misc objet and Abbotsford Convent

Explore the transformative power of reminiscing, reflect on the past, reconsider the present and envision a future built upon the lessons and emotions evoked by nostalgia. Discover the use of materials and processes of thirteen emerging Melbourne based artists and designers.

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23 – 26 May
Presented in partnership with Minaal Lawn, Sarah Parkes and Abbotsford Convent

Indulge in Verdant, an exhibition of collaborative works by contemporary artists Minaal Lawn and Sarah Parkes, working with ceramics, knots and weaves made influenced from narratives of place and home, then to be transformed into large-scale sculptural rope works.

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23 – 26 May
Presented in partnership with Cam Morgan, Dasha Tolotchkov and Abbotsford Convent

Have you ever wondered what counts as a seat and where the need for formality begins to construct sitting forms? Or when does a stump become a chair and an indent create a sitting spot?. Come and see how TO SIT, OUT IN THE WILD  reimagines the chair through a contemplation of the natural landscape.

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