Blak Design

Blak Design

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Applications close Tuesday, 13 October
Blak Design

“When I see a work of art or design by one of our people, I see an invitation to join them on a journey. I take myself inside, attempting to unwrap the layers. This art is precious and I want to understand what it is trying to tell me. I want to feel the message it contains … Blak design is critical and integral for remembrance and reflection”

Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin, Wurundjeri Elder and Traditional Owner


Join us in a journey towards a First Nations led design industry transformation.

Blak Design is an exciting new initiative to support our First Nations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, craftspeople and designers living in Victoria, through a targeted professional development and mentoring program. Developed in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria and RMIT University, and generously supported by the Ian Potter Foundation, the Program aims to foster First Nations cultural innovation within the Victorian design sector underpinned by the International Indigenous Design Charter – Protocols for sharing Indigenous Knowledge in professional design practice.

Extending over four years, the Program will focus each year on a different design discipline, providing mentoring in design, production, and small business skills to nurture long-term sustainable design practices.

In 2020 the spotlight is on supporting contemporary jewellery design.

Click here for information on how to participate in the 2020 program.

“Good design translates values into tangible experience. Great design, however, translates those values into meaningful social change.”

Dori Tunstall, Dean of Design, OCAD University, Toronto


*Image: Maree Clarke, Thung-ung Coorang (Kangaroo teeth necklace) collection. Photo courtesy of the National Gallery of Victoria.

We acknowledge the generous support of our project partners:

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