Excitement builds for Geelong Design Week 2023

Friday, 6 October 2023

Community members are encouraged to secure their tickets for Geelong Design Week 2023 early to avoid disappointment, with just over a week to go.

Geelong Design Week champions the creativity and innovation that makes Geelong our country’s first and only UNESCO Creative City of Design.

The 19-29 October program features more than 50 exhibitions, talks, film premieres, and unique experiences on all things design, architecture, fashion, green infrastructure and more.

Snorkelling tours of The Dell Eco Reef, presented by the City, Alex Goad of Reef Design Lab & Bay City Scuba, are proving popular with the community keen to explore the 46 wave units in waters off Clifton Springs. Bookings are available for Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October.

The design of the sculptural units is reducing beach erosion, providing wave break protection, attracting oysters and mussels and enhancing the beauty of the coast.

The Dell Eco Reef was one of the innovative solutions recognised last month when the City of Greater Geelong was named on the Australian Financial Review BOSS Most Innovative Companies list for 2023. The reef also won a number of Australian Good Design Awards 2023.

Mayor Trent Sullivan

The Dell Eco Reef, which was designed and created by Alex Goad for the City, contributes to making our region more climate resilient and doubles as a unique tourist attraction.

This artificial reef combines innovative tech and ecological expertise, and really needs to be experienced in person to fully understand how it functions, its positive impact and its beauty.

The Dell Eco Reef and other events during Geelong Design Week reflect our region’s innovative mindset, creativity and drive to find better ways to care for our people and our environment.

We’re proud to celebrate the diverse range of designers from Greater Geelong with two ‘Local Designers Showcase’ events running daily, presenting jewellery, furniture at Customs House and wallpaper and lighting, furniture and fabric design at the Wurriki Nyal Civic Precinct. Both events have free entry.

‘Challenges of Small Business & Design’ is another Geelong Design Week highlight, hosted by Julia Green from Greenhouse Interiors on Friday 20 October and featuring insights from Resident Avenue’s Jessica Bettenay and Designer and Presenter Lucy Glade-Wright.

Community members are invited to help build the ‘House of Fast Fashun Installation’ (a house made entirely of clothing and textile waste), create couture outfits out of clothing and textile waste and participate in a runway show on Thursday 19 October.

The ‘DIY or DIE Fashion Show and Cocktail Party featuring Fast Fashun’ at the National Wool Museum on Friday 20 October is a chance to wear and show off locally made garments, trashion and everything in between.

Deputy Mayor Anthony Aitken

Geelong Design Week is set to demonstrate our region’s willingness to be enterprising, adaptive and forward-thinking, as part of our community’s vision to be recognised as Clever and Creative.

There are more than 50 events to choose from on a range of topics, including human-centred design, how green design can transform cities, the power of slow fashion and creating infrastructure out of waste ground coffee.

Greater Geelong’s story is one of transformation into Australia’s only UNESCO City of Design and this is just another way that we are pushing the boundaries, inspiring the community and encouraging collaboration.

Check out the program and secure your tickets at geelongdesignweek.com.au.

Page last updated: Monday, 9 October 2023