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News: The 1st Australian Poster Annual
June 30, 2005, received from Maureen Devlin, National Design Center, Melbourne (AU)

The 1st Australian Poster Annual - Major exhibition of beauty, rich and rare

The 1st Australian Poster Annual, a major Melbourne Design Festival exhibition, will be a free exhibition at Federation Square's atrium from 8-30 July, 2005 with additional posters displayed throughout Melbourne's city streets.

The 1st Australian Poster Annual will consist of 50 posters selected from entries submitted by designers and artists from across Australia and will reflect the Melbourne Design Festival theme, beauty rich and rare.

The selection panel includes a distinguished panel of judges from the international design association, Alliance Graphique Internationale.

Later this year, the exhibition will travel to France where it will be exhibited at the Australian Embassy, Paris in January, 2006.

A limited edition of signed copies of the 1st Australian Poster Annual posters will be available for sale during the Melbourne Design Festival from the National Design Centre at Federation Square.

For further information, visit

Event: The 1st Australian Poster Annual
Date: 8-30 July, 2005
Venue: Federation Square atrium and sites throughout Melbourne's city streets
Entry: FREE

Maureen Devlin sent the following addition information about the festival:

The theme of the Melbourne Design Festival is beauty, rich and rare (words taken from the Australian national anthem) and this was the brief also for the poster designs.

The judges were renowned international poster designer Anthon Beeke, and National Gallery of Victoria's Curator of Prints and Drawings, Kirsty Grant.

I have pasted some further information below regarding the John Truscott Design Foundation Award.

John Truscott Design Foundation Travel Award - France 2006

Offered by the John Truscott Design Foundation in partnership with the National Design Centre, the inaugural Travel Award will be granted to a designer (under 30 years of age) whose work is featured in the 1st Australian Poster Annual 2005.

The Award recipient will travel to Paris, France to spend one month immersed in the design culture of that country. The visit will coincide with the opening of the Poster Annual exhibition at the Australian Embassy in Paris on 26 January 2006, and will include time at the Reims European School of Design.

The Award is offered in recognition of the confidence and prospects experienced by John Truscott as a young designer who was given the opportunity to benefit and contribute to the breadth of theatrical experience and opportunities offered in Europe.

Registration of Interest forms have been forwarded to all eligible designers from the 1st Australian Poster Annual.

The 1st Australian Poster Annual ist part of the

beauty, rich and rare - Melbourne Design Festival, 8-17 July, 2005

MELBOURNE, 5 May 2005 - The inaugural Melbourne Design Festival will be a ten-day long celebration of design for designers and the public from 8-17 July, 2005.

The Melbourne Design Festival will include a number of exhibitions, events and seminars in recognition of Australian design across all disciplines from graphic, fashion, multi-media, interior to architecture, jewellery, furniture and landscape design, amongst others.

The theme of this year's Festival, beauty rich and rare, will provide the inspiration for the Festival's major exhibition, the inaugural Australian Poster Annual which will be held at the atrium at Federation Square. This exhibition will feature 50 posters selected by a small international panel of distinguished poster designers, following an open invitation to Australian designers and artists to respond to a set brief. Further posters will be displayed at various sites throughout Melbourne's city streets during the Festival.

One of the first events on the Festival calendar will be the launch of the Festival's new home, the National Design Centre at Federation Square. The National Design Centre will be Australia's first major design resource centre and will offer a wide range of services to designers, industry and the public.

"The Melbourne Design Festival aims to make design accessible to everyone," said Festival Director, Kathy Demos. "It brings together industry, designers and business but it is also about involving everyone in the community who has an interest in design. It's a celebration of the achievements of Australian design."

Building on her experiences as the Festival Director of the State of Design Festival in 2004, Kathy Demos has developed a program of events for the inaugural Melbourne Design Festival that will continue to recognise the high calibre and diversity of Australian design.

Other events planned for the Festival include: The Milan Award 2005, an exhibition at BMW Edge showcasing a group of young Australian designers selected for exhibition at the prestigious Triennale di Milano in 2005; ReadyMadeMarket - a free designer market featuinrg stalls held by Melbourne's most prestigious design retailers and designers, and will be held at Federation Square carpark on Sunday 10 July; Design Landscapes, an exhibition in approximately 20 shop windows throughout Melbourne in response to the Festival's theme beauty, rich and rare; Studio Open, an open day across approximately 20 design studios in Melbourne; In The Shed, an interactive installation by Moth Design at Federation Square; and various forums including the Creative Forums - the major business event of the Festival, which will cover a range of subjects, will explore the links between design and business using global and local case studies.

For a full program of events and further information regarding the Melbourne Design Festival 2005 please visit,

For further media information, contact:
Maureen Devlin (03) 9654 6335 0404 853 764

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