Blak Design 2022/23

Blak Design 2022/23

Event status:
Applications Now Open
Applications close Friday, 29 October

Under guidelines provided by the Victorian Chief Health Officer, all participants of the Blak Design Program will be required to show proof of full vaccination or proof of exemption. Please contact us directly to discuss if you have any concerns.

Blak Design 2022/23

Apply to be part of our 2022/23 Blak Design Program

Applications NOW OPEN

Applications Close:  29 October 2021

Blak Design Jewelleryclick this icon to apply 

How it works

In the 2nd year of the Blak Design Program, up to 12 participants will take part in a series of free intensive jewellery design and making workshops, as well as small business skills and professional development 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.

At the end of the program, participants will have designed and created individual jewellery pieces with the intention of being showcased in an end of year exhibition. As part of the professional development opportunity, participants will also work closely with the KHT curatorial team in the exhibition development including exhibition design and catalogue production.

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. The intensive jewellery making course that you will be involved in has been created and will be delivered by established contemporary jewellers Blanche Tilden and Laura Deakin, with technical assistance from Lindy McSwan.

Key Dates

Applications open NOW OPEN
Applications close 29 October 2021, 5pm
Applicants notified November 2021
Program* Commences mid-December 2021 (exact dates to be advised) to September 2022

* You must be available to be in Melbourne on the specified dates to participate and to get the full benefit of the Program.  Exact dates will be published shortly, but please contact us directly if you require further information. Depending on COVID restrictions, the program may be a combination of online and onsite workshops.

Selection Criteria

To be eligible, 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 Program for all dates identified in the Schedule;
  • availability and willingness to proceed, if selected by the Selection Panel, to realise a small collection of jewellery ready for exhibition at the end of the program


  • 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 acknowledge Blanche Tilden and Laura Deakin for creating and delivering the intensive jewellery making course as well as their invaluable contribution to developing the jewellery and design toolkits for each participants. We also acknowledge the generous support of the Australian Council for the Arts, City of Melbourne and Federation Square.

We are more than happy to provide further information, answer any questions or provide any assistance to support you in completing the EOI form.

Please contact Gail Harradine, KHT Curatorial Manager, on 0458 672 176 or EMAIL.

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