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$40,000 contest for Australian designer

Thursday, 19 February 2004
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Entries are sought for what is claimed to be the richest ever design prize in the country, the $40,000 Victorian Premier’s Design Award. Professional Australian designers, both here and abroad, across all disciplines including graphic design, are invited to enter their best work completed between January 2002 and April 2004.

This work will be judged by a distinguished panel of Australian designers and up to 100 projects will be selected for the Design 2004 Exhibition, which will run for three months at the Melbourne Museum. An expanded judging panel will then review the exhibition to select the winners of the Design 2004 Awards. The inaugural Victorian Premier’s Design Award will be awarded for the most outstanding design project in the exhibition.

Six other prizes will also be awarded: the Melbourne Museum Design Acquisition Prize; The Melbourne Design Prize ($5,000), supported by the John Truscott Design Foundation and MELBOURNEmagazine; a $5,000 Award for Promise for emerging designers; and two Highly Commended Awards ($5,000). A People’s Choice Award will also be presented.

“The Design 2004 Exhibition and Awards is a great moment for Australian design,” said Festival Program Director, Kathy Demos. “Firstly, it brings together the best-of-the-best recent work, puts it in context with the work of other designers, and puts it on public display at the Melbourne Museum, a stunning example of design in itself.

“Secondly, it offers substantial recognition and prizes. And thirdly, the program is wrapped within a festival, which will demonstrate and celebrate the fantastic standard of design here, and highlight the value that good design can bring.

“Over 500 expressions of interest have already been received, including many of Australia’s leading designers and I urge all Australian designers to put their best work forward,” she said.

To obtain the Call for Entries Handbook and for information, visit

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