Image: Michael Webb, Studio Round
Part of NGV’s Melbourne Now and presented by The Design Institute of Australia Victoria Tasmania Branch (DIA) Women In Design is an exhibition and celebration of the outstanding contributions fourteen Victorian female designers have made to their creative practice.
Aiming to increase Australia’s awareness and appreciation for the collective successes that have been achieved by these women, Women In Design will give the public a chance to gain an insight in to the design process and approach taken by leading professional female designers. The event will exhibit a selection of plans, renderings, photographs and scale models of commendable design projects as well as feature floor talks by participating designers.
DIA’s National President, James Harper explains “Women in Design is the first significant acknowledgement of the contribution that Victorian, professional female designers have made to our lives.”
Women In Design will honour a broad range of design that has impacted on our physical and cultural environment, and will profile professional female designers from the disciplines of architecture, furniture design, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, visual art, textile design and inter-disciplinary design.
“In this instance, we chose to showcase women from a variety of design professions. We hope that the general public and students who are thinking about a career in the design professions will be inspired by the exhibition and gain a greater understanding of the benefits of design in our society and culture.” says Dominic Russo, Victoria Tasmania President, National Councillor of Design Institute of Australia.
Participating Women In Design include Celina Clarke, Debbie Ryan, Helen Kontouris, Helen Watts, Jenny Underwood, Kerstin Thompson, Kirsten Bauer, Leah Heiss, Leanne Zilka, Michaela Webb, Penelope Lee, Simone LeAmon, Sue Carr and Susan Hewitt.
Women In Design will take place on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 until Saturday, 22 February 2014 at fortyfivedownstairs, located at 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.