Blak Design 2020: KHT Jewellery Program

KHT will be shortly seeking expressions of interest from our mob around Victoria who are interested in participating in this exciting Program. If you are one or more of the following and are ready to take your creative practice to the next level, we want to hear from you:

  • fresh out of art school and wanting to kick-start your creative practice
  • an artist, craftsperson or designer wanting to return to your creative practice again after taking a break
  • a self-taught artist, craftsperson or designer with an interest in jewellery
  •  an artist, craftsperson or designer with an eye for jewellery and accessories wanting to expand your practice to include jewellery design
  • an artist, craftsperson or designer wanting to build a long-term sustainable business venture

How it works

12 Unit Program – up to 12 places available

Over the course of four months, you will join a select group of up to 12 successful applicants to 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.

Our regional mob are strongly encouraged to apply. We will provide successful regional applications with financial assistance enabling you to join the Program in Melbourne.


One-on-one intensive mentoring program (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 three candidates to bring their design to production and launch in 2021.

Key Dates


Applications open TBA
Applications close TBA
Applicants notified TBA
12 Unit Program* TBA
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.


To limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have suspended all our public programs including the opening date for expressions of interests for the inaugural 2020 Blak Design Program supporting contemporary Indigenous jewellery design. We will however be monitoring this arrangement based on the latest advice and provide updates here and on our social media platforms as to when the expressions of interest will reopen. We thank you for your support.

Applications will open on a date to be advised. The Application Form will be accessible on this page of our website.

As part of your application, we require:

  • Your Biography. A maximum of 200 words telling us about yourself including where you are from and your mob and your creative interests or activities in jewellery or generally in art and design.
  • Your CV. A maximum of 2 x A4 pages setting out your activities, exhibitions, and the projects you may have participated in or completed as part of your creative practice. However, do not worry if you do not have an established creative practice as we are also keen to hear from new and emerging practitioners.
  • A maximum of 200 words telling us why you want to take part in the Program.
  • Good quality images of five (5) art/craft/design works that you have made in the past five (5) years. Please include one image per work and provide caption information including the work’s title, year made, materials, dimensions, and, if relevant, the name of the photographer. Please let us know if you have any issues with providing images.

If you are unable to submit your application online, we are happy for you to submit a paper application (using the official Application Form), but it must be received either in person or by mail at the Koorie Heritage Trust by 5.00pm on a date to be advised.

If you are interested in applying for the Program, have any questions, or wish to talk about or require assistance to complete your application, please call Chloë Powell (Coordinator, Blak Design) on 03 8662 6311. There is also a FAQ page on our website, which we’ll be updating regularly. You can also email Chloë at

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

Thank You

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.