City launches Geelong Design Week 2021

The City of Greater Geelong has launched the program for Geelong Design Week 2021, to be held from 18-28 March.

Mayor Stephanie Asher said the program, now available online, showcases the great talent and

expertise of local designers, artists and innovators.

The exhibitions, performances and experiences on offer are really exciting and I’m sure many of them will challenge current thinking and pique imaginations.

The theme for this year’s event is ‘Unpredictable’ – a reflection on the year that’s been and the future that lies ahead.

Geelong Design Week 2021 will explore the ways design can turn unpredictability into opportunity, and barriers into building blocks.

Event participants will be encouraged to discover, imagine and explore how design and creativity can be used to push the boundaries and address global challenges.

The program features a diverse mix of exhibitions, experiences, public art installations, open studios, performance, pop-up shops, talks, tours and workshops.

The first Geelong Design Week was held in 2019, with the 2020 event cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Asher said the event was delivered as part of the City’s role as a designated UNESCO Creative City of Design.

We are thrilled to be delivering Geelong Design Week in full this year – our local creative community has so much to offer.

I know this past year has been challenging for those in the arts sector, but it’s also been a year where many artists have had a chance to explore their creativity more than ever.

As a result, the program for Geelong Design Week 2021 is full to the brim with wild, inspiring and transformative concepts and creations.

The themes for this year’s event are:

  • Art, craft, fashion, visual communications and multimedia
  • Culture and heritage
  • Equity, inclusiveness and encounter in the built environment
  • Learning, knowledge and research
  • Sustainability: human, social, economic, environmental, and ecological
  • Technology, innovation and manufacturing

Councillor Peter Murrihy, Chair of the Economic Development portfolio, said bookings were required for most of the events and tickets would likely sell fast.

Book now for your chance to explore our past, present and future through exhibitions, performances, tours, workshops, storytelling, and immersive digital technologies.

Events include unique behind-the-scenes experiences, as well as opportunities to participate in hands-on workshops with master artisans.

Geelong Design Week presents a unique opportunity to see Geelong’s wealth of creative talent on display, while also learning how clever design plays such a key role in our success as a community.

Geelong Design Week is presented by the City of Greater Geelong and celebrates Geelong’s global recognition as Australia’s first and only UNESCO Creative City of Design.

Explore the Geelong Design Week 2021 calendar and book tickets at


  1. RONE in Geelong (Geelong Gallery)

    Renowned Geelong-born artist RONE’s new Geelong Gallery installation extends his fascination with the concepts of beauty and decay, transforming the Gallery’s rooms in response to the Gallery’s collection and the architecture and history of the building. This event presents the first comprehensive survey of RONE’s impressive career to date, from early stencil works and street art to photographs documenting major installations.

  2. Urban design and our Civic Precinct: Creating active community spaces (Geelong Library & Heritage Centre)

    How do you bring a city to life with design? And what kinds of public spaces would you like to see in Central Geelong? Hear from designers, community leaders and more as they unpack how urban design is creating vibrant and welcoming city spaces. Then dive into the plans for Geelong’s upcoming Civic Precinct and workshop your ideas for the new public space it will create along Bayley Street.

  3. Open Studios Trail (various locations)

    Discover local artists in their studios and creative venues across Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula at the Geelong Design Week Open Studios Trail. Get an insider’s view of the artists’ practice and their creative environments. Proudly supported by the City of Greater Geelong, Geelong UNESCO City of Design and Barwon Heads Arts Council.

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