Blak Design 2020/21

Blak Design 2020/21

Applications closed for the 2020/21 program. Applications for the 2021/22 program will open in the second half of this year.
Blak Design 2020/21

How it works

12 Unit Program

Over the course of four months, up to 12 participants will participate in a series of free hands-on jewellery design and making workshops, as well as small business skills tutorial sessions. You will have access to cultural mentors, design professionals, jewellers and industry practitioners and experts, as well as onsite visits and networking opportunities in jewellery studios, galleries and stores across Melbourne.

The Program will be delivered at the Koorie Heritage Trust in Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square, and in the prestigious jewellery making workshops in the School of Art at RMIT University. As part of the Program, you will receive a personal jeweller’s toolkit complete with hand tools and supplies.

One-on-one intensive Production Mentorship (four months) for production and launch – up to three places available

At the end of the 12 Units, up to three people who have successfully completed the Program will be invited to participate in a further four-months, one-on-one intensive mentoring opportunity, enabling those candidates to bring their design to production and launch in 2021.

Key Dates

Applications open Tuesday, 1 September 2020
Applications close Tuesday, 20 October 2020, 5.00pm
Applicants notified Tuesday, 3 November 2020
12 Unit Program* Monday 14 – Friday, 18 December 2020 (Online)
Monday 1 – Friday, 5 February 2021
Monday 8 – Friday, 12 February 2021
Monday 15 – Wednesday, 17 March 2021
Monday 22 and Tuesday, 23 March 2021
One-on-one Program** TBA (approximately 12 days in-person)

* You must be available to be in Melbourne on the specified dates to participate in the full 12 Unit Program.

** A maximum of three participants in the 12 Unit Program will be selected for the four-month, one-on-one intensive mentoring Program. The full details of the four-month intensive will be developed in consultation with the successful recipients.

Selection Criteria

To be eligible for the 12 Unit Program, applicants must meet the following Eligibility Criteria:

  • be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • live in Victoria; and
  • be 18 years of age or older

The Selection Panel will review eligible applicants’ submissions against the following general guidelines:

Artistic Merit

  • the quality, integrity and originality demonstrated in your work
  • experience working in the creative field, such as having exhibitions or selling your work


  • commitment to participate in the 12 Unit Program for all dates identified in the Schedule;
  • availability and willingness to proceed, if selected by the Selection Panel, to the four-month, one-on-one Program to realise a small collection of jewellery ready for production and launch


  • that the Program aligns with your creative practice and where you want to go with it in the future;
  • capacity to extend your creative practice in contemporary jewellery making and production
  • ability to apply the skills training and professional development delivered by the Program for future creative and business opportunities

Terms & Conditions

Click here to read the Terms & Conditions of application.

Blak Design: KHT Jewellery Program is proudly supported by the Ian Potter Foundation, and has been developed in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria and RMIT University. We also acknowledge the generous support of the Australian Council for the Arts, City of Melbourne and Federation Square.

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