Work in progress at the studio of artist Peter D. Cole. Photography by Annika Kafcaloudis

Members Exclusive Tour: Highlights From Melbourne Design Week

Past program

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square

Ground Level

This program is fully booked. To be added to the waitlist, please email with your full name, contact number and quantity of tickets and you will be contacted if tickets become available. 

Melbourne Design Week celebrates design through an 11-day program of talks, tours, exhibitions, launches, installations, and workshops across Australia’s design capital. 

We invite Members to join a curated tour of selected highlights from Melbourne Design Week, exploring this year’s theme, ‘design the world you want’.

All tours will include light refreshments served in the Foyer at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square. For the morning tour refreshments will be served from 9.15am before the bus leaves at 10am. For the afternoon tour refreshments will be served at the end of the tour when the bus returns to NGV.

Tours will visit the following exhibitions:

ALTERFACT Studio: Past, Present & Future

Over 8 years, Ben Landau and Lucile Sciallano worked together to develop machines, unique visual languages and projects that questioned the relevance of 3D-printed clays and its multitude of uses. In 2022, Ben tragically passed away. This exhibition retraces their projects, from their very first prints to their latest exhibition works in 2022 as a creative couple, along with the future of Alterfact Studio.

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Numbulwar Pop-Up Studio & Exhibition at Tait Showroom

Agency and Tait host an immersive activation with the Numbulwar Numburindi Arts pop-up studio, exhibition, and weaving circle in the Tait showroom. Built on self-determination, Numbulwar Numburindi Arts is a collective of artists whose mission is to keep culture strong. Established in 2019, Numbulwar’s first art centre is 100 per cent owned and controlled by the community. Born from the community’s desire to practice and engage with traditional culture, Numbulwar Numburindi Arts is a space for artistic and cultural expression.

Numbulwar Numburindi Artists Joy Wilfred, Rose Wilfred and Janette Murrungun will be in residence in the studio on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May between 10am and 2pm, showcasing their traditional weaving practice. Adding to the live studio experience Joy, Rose and Janette will also be hosting a weaving circle on both Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May. Learn to weave a small basket and enjoy the opportunity to talk to the artists about material harvesting and processes.

This stop will also include an opportunity to view Celebrating 30 Years | MDW Exhibition: 30 Years Of Tait.

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Vitrine: Object and Identity Presented by Marsha Golemac at 43 Derby St

The common language of things is often motivated by functionality and capability. Undeniably, the tactility of an object is evident, but the value lies not only in its physical qualities, but in what emotions it evokes. Vitrine: Object and Identity is an invitation to reflect upon the significance of objects and how they can shape and reflect our identity. The exhibition serves as an opportunity for visitors to engage and appreciate how the relationship between object, people and place can act as a foundation for self-expression and creativity.

Please note Members on the Saturday afternoon tour will be joining the opening event for Vitrine: Object and Identity during this stop, staying for approximately 30 minutes.

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(NO THINGS) MATTERS at Villa Alba Museum

Prompted by the question ‘what MATTERS to you?’, a notable collection of Australian and international designer-makers have been invited to explore ‘process’ as the key instigator for new design possibilities. Each practitioners concept is gradually developed, and the result are presented in 3 exhibitions, spaced over 3 years: (NO THINGS), (SOME THINGS), and (ALL THINGS) MATTERS. During Melbourne Design Week, the first installment, (NO THINGS) MATTERS will take over the ground floor of Villa Alba Museum. Hosting a tactile cornucopia of material samples, interpreted tools, experimental forms, and visual documentation. (NO THINGS) invites audiences to engage with an unusual approach to design thinking, from it’s infancy, and follow on the journey as design works manifest into reality.

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Please note all tours will depart from and return to The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

This program is part of Melbourne Design Week, 18–28 May 2023. To view the full program, click here.

Sat 20 May, 9.15am–1.15pm (Past)

No additional information about this date.

Sat 20 May, 2–6pm (Past)

Please note Members on this tour will be joining the opening event for Vitrine: Object and Identity during this stop, staying for approximately 30 minutes.

Sun 21 May, 9.15am–1.15pm (Past)

No additional information about this date.
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