National Gallery of Victoria – Art of the Pacific

26 March – 21 August 2016

In search of lei (garlands) for inclusion in Art of the Pacific an exciting collection display showcasing the amazing arts and diverse cultures of the Pacific, New Zealand and Australia, Simone LeAmon NGV Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture travelled to New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa and Fiji in December 2015. Culminating in twentyfive works made by customary and contemporary artists and makers the collection provides compelling insight into the lei in contemporary Pacific cultural practice.

Featuring works by Fran Alison, Mary Ama, Chris Charteris, Tanya Edwards, Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows, Tui Emma Gillies, Leanne Joy Lupelele Clayton, Novima Kapente, Niki Hastings McFall, Ross Malcolm, Pele Family, Alan Preston, Emily Siddell, Lu’isa Unga Kaufusi, Lesieli Katokakala Tohi Topou and Mele Tu’ahiva.

National Gallery of Victoria – Rigg Design Prize 2015

18 September 2015 – 7 February 2016

Recognising excellence in contemporary Australian design, the Rigg Design Prize is the highest accolade for object and furniture design in Australia. Awarded to a designer with outstanding creative achievements, the triennial prize is a reflection of the National Gallery of Victoria’s commitment to contemporary, art, design and architecture. The invitational award, formerly the Cicely and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award, was established in 1994 to support contemporary craft and design practice in Victoria. In 2015, the new look prize extends to include a selection of designers from around Australia.

Curated by Simone LeAmon, Curator, NGV Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture, the Rigg Design Prize 2015 showcased a significant body of work from seven outstanding designers. Identified for producing some of the most interesting and compelling object and furniture design in Australia today, the participants are Adam Goodrum, Brodie Neill, Daniel Emma, Kate Rohde, Khai Liew, Korban Flaubert and Koskela in collaboration with the weavers of Elcho Island Arts.

The judges for the Rigg Design Prize 2015 were Gijs Bakker and Wava Carpenter, Prize recipient Adam Goodrum.

The Rigg Design Prize was generously supported by the Cicely & Colin Rigg Bequest, managed by Equity Trustees.

Images (Top left to right) Installation view, Kate Rohde, Daniel Emma, Brodie Neill, Korban Flaubert, Koskela in collaboration with the weavers of Elcho Island Arts, Khai Liew, Adam Goodrum.

National Gallery of Victoria – Melbourne Now – Melbourne Design Now

22 November 2013 – 23 March 2014

Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex cultural landscape of creative Melbourne.

Recognising the role design plays in the city, the NGV dedicated one-third of Melbourne Now to design and architecture.

Melbourne Design Now curated by Simone LeAmon with exhibition design by LeAmon and Edmund Carter is the first design exhibition of its kind to be shown at the NGV. A presentation of localised creative intelligence in the fields of industrial, product, furniture and object design this exhibition comprises more than 90 design projects from 56 designers, design studios and companies.
Celebrating design’s relationship to everyday life, Melbourne Design Now reveals how contemporary designers are embedding unique and serial design production with ideas, meaning and emotion to resonate with the city of Melbourne. The exhibition contains five themes:

Design and Social Culture, Design and the Economy, Design and the Human Body, Design and Sustainability, Design and Visual Culture.


The exhibition is presented in several parts, highlights include:

Design Wall: Design in Everyday Life

A giant ‘design wall’, Design in everyday life, presents 40 products by 21 Melbourne design studios. Located on Level 3 of the Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, almost 700 objects make up the design wall, communicating design’s relationship to serial manufacturing.

Designers and manufacturers

Brightgreen; Catalyst Design Group and Knog; Charlwood Design for Oates; CobaltNiche for Yarra Trams, KeepCup and Associated Controls; Crumpler; Demain International for BluCave; Design+Industry for Quickboats and Billi; David Flynn for Willow Ware Australia; Dale Hardiman; Helen Kontouris; Tom Kovac; Adam Lynch; Outerspace Design for; Nick Rennie; Rip Curl; Ronstan; Sherrin; Sprocket; Belinda Stening and Curve magazine.

Supported by The Hugh D. T. Williamson Foundation

Design Wall: Design in Everyday Life. Photo Nicole England

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Design Case Studies

A curated selection of design projects responding to the themes of design and the economy, design and the human body, design and social culture and design and sustainability located on Level 2 and 3 of the Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, and the NGVI Garden.

Design projects include cinema cameras by Blackmagic Design, the Direct to Brain Bionic Eye project led by Mark Armstrong for the Monash Vision Group and Monash University (MADA), the Bolwell EDGE caravan by Bolwell Corporation designed by Vaughan Bolwell and the video series The Secret Life of Things by eco designer Leyla Acaroglu.

About the Case Studies

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Contemporary Furniture, Lighting and Object Design Collection

A curated selection of furniture, lighting and object design celebrating Melbourne’s flourishing designer-maker culture. Comprising limited production and one-off experimental design, each work is a story told through material and process designed to test our perceptions of taste, beauty and usefulness.


Ash Allen; Tate Anson; Gregory Bonasera; Christopher Boots; Adam Cornish and Wovin Wall; Emma Davies; Tim Fleming; Dale Hardiman; André Hnatojko; Jarrod Lim and Innermost; Anara Mailybayeva; Marc Pascal; Anthony Raymond; Kate Rohde; Kate Stokes; Damien Wright.

Photography Nicole England

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The Melbourne Now Design Residency: Bolwell EDGE Caravan studio

Sited in the Grollo Equiset Garden at NGV International, the Bolwell EDGE caravan designed by Vaughan Bolwell is a designer’s studio, open to the public from Thursday through to Sunday 10am–2pm. Placing emphasis on design thinking, strategy and process the Melbourne Now Design Residency aims to communicate that design is an agency for conceptualising, testing and distributing ideas that can move us to think and behave differently. The 16 designers participating in the residency have each devised a four-day work schedule to showcase their design ideas, demonstrate their creative research methods and prototyping processes.


A&D Projects; Studiobird; Vaughan Bolwell; Carter LeAmon; Crowd Productions; ENESS; Tom Kovac; Lab De Stu; Ben Landau; Leah Heiss; Little Wonder; Maker Machine; Mathery Studio; Stephen Mushin; Urban Commons; Danielle Wilde.

About the Residencies

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