Registration opens: Fringe Furniture 2011

July 25, 2011

Registration is now open for the Fringe Furniture exhibition, which will be themed ‘Dancing in the Dark’.

*Melbourne Fringe Furniture exhibition 2011*
*Dancing in the Dark: Small Solutions to Big Problems*

Melbourne Fringe is now calling for submissions from emerging and established Australian artists and designers who wish to participate in this year’s Fringe Furniture exhibition. The exhibition is a core component in the Melbourne Fringe program, and serves as an important and popular platform for innovative art, craft, furniture and design.

For the first time, the 2011 Fringe Furniture show will be delivered in partnership with the Abbotsford Convent. Melbourne Fringe Creative Producer, Neal Harvey, says artists and designers should take inspiration from the Bruce Springsteen song, ‘Dancing in the Dark’. “It’s a song about frustration. About wanting something, but not knowing what that something is. And what do you do with those feelings? Bruce suggests you dance in the dark. It’s a small solution to a big problem.”

First started almost 27 years ago by artist Bruce Filley, Fringe Furniture is dedicated to showcasing contemporary work that pushes boundaries and explores what is meant by the term ‘furniture’. The exhibition aims to offer a forum for discussion between established and emerging designers. Designers will also have the opportunity to apply for a mentoring program, offering guidance and the opportunity to develop new work.

A number of awards are presented as part of the exhibition, which runs from 21 September until 7 October at the Abbotsford Convent.

*Registration closes* 5pm 29 July
*Register online* ["www.melbournefringe.com.au/fringefurniture":http://www.melbournefringe.com.au/fringefurniture/]

*Image* Fringe Furniture 2010, exhibition design by Edwards Moore. Photograph by Tony Gorsevski

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