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Parallels: Journey into Contemporary Making

Parallels: Journey into Contemporary Making

The National Gallery of Victoria is hosting Parallels, an exploration of contemporary design.

This September, the National Gallery of Victoria will play host to some of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners in contemporary craft and design.  This two-day event will see more than 10 international and 20 Australian speakers explore the future of contemporary craft and design – sharing their stories, presenting new mindsets and considering opportunities to further evolve the complementary worlds of craft and design.

Created in partnership with the National Craft Initiative, Parallels will see the National Gallery of Victoria hosting a stellar range ofinternational speakers including Amsterdam’s Simone Farresin & Andrea Trimarchi of Formafantasma; The United States’ Wava Carpenter of L’ArcoBaleno and Design Miami; Trevyn & Julian McGowan of Southern Guild in South Africa; London’s Brodie Neill of Made in Radio; Shun Horoki of the East Japan Project and many more.

Informative, inspirational, and provocative, visitors to Parallels will be able to hear the latest ideas and thinking across broad terrains – from the hand made to the industrial, from studio practice, curation, technology, and retail strategy, to online markets, international exhibiting, limited editions, collectors and more.

Delivered as part of the National Craft Initiative program and curated by the new Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture at the NGV, Parallels offers an optimistic platform for Australian designers and craft practitioners to engage with international practitioners, buyers, and facilitators.

This is an event created for anyone interested in understanding the new cultural and commercial landscape for contemporary making, or those interested in interpreting how local and global forces are reshaping the parallel and convergent worlds of craft and design.

The images below reflect just a sample of the creative talent that will be appearing at Parallels.

Parallels runs September 17-18

National Gallery of Victoria