Blak Design Matters

Blak Design Matters

Event status:
21 July – 30 September 2018



Yarra Building
Federation Square

Blak Design Matters

A national survey of Contemporary Indigenous Design curated by Jefa Greenaway

As Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers are leading a movement away from collaborative or consultative models to Indigenous-led design, this survey exhibition showcases contemporary Indigenous design projects from across Australia. From fashion, interiors, and product design to landscape, architecture and town planning, the exhibited projects will interrogate how Indigenous design is defined, received, and made visible in Australia’s contemporary design landscape, asking the question, what is meaningful Indigenous design and why does it matter?


Anindilyakwa Arts, Arkie Barton (Arkie the Label), Bábbarra Women’s Centre, Balarinji, Maree Clarke, TJ Cowlishaw (Aarli), Kristy Dickinson (Haus of Dizzy), Gilimbaa, Carroll Go-Sam, Jefa Greenaway, Paul Herzich, Injalak Arts, Dillon Kombumerri, Francoise Lane, Grace Lillian Lee, Marcus Lee Design, Merrepen Arts, MiArt Designs, Nicole Monks, and Lyn-Al Young.

CLICK HERE to view an interview with Tom Mosby, CEO of the Koorie Heritage Trust, speaking about the exhibition, filmed by ABC.

Blak Design Matters exhibition catalogue is available for sale ($10.00) via shopKOORIE.

Exhibition design by Jefa Greenaway in collaboration with Sibling Architecture.

Exhibition and catalogue graphic design by Marcus Lee Design.

Blak Design Matters is a feature of the Open House Melbourne program for 2018.

Principle Education Partner

  • The University of Melbourne


  • Metro Tunnel Creative Program
  • Winya
  • Lendlease

Material Sponsors

  • Adbri Masonry
  • Bamstone
  • Bolon