Attention: Makers of furniture, lighting, homewares, jewellery and genre-defying non-functional objects – registrations to be part of Fringe Furniture 32 are now open. Our Open Access, boundary-pushing exhibition of cutting-edge design will once again be held at the stunning Abbotsford Convent from 13 – 30 September.
Fringe Furniture is a standout showcase of market ready and experimental design and has provided a platform for artists and designers to exhibit their work for 32 years, making it one of the longest (and we think most beloved) design events in Australia.
As an open-access exhibition, every work submitted is accepted (but you still need to check out our Registration Info Pack for Ts & Cs) and participation is open to people of any experience level – whether you’ve just designed your first piece or you’re a pro who just needs the right excuse to make something experimental, edgy and just a little left of centre.
Anything design-related, quite literally. We want your furniture, lighting, industrial design, homewares, jewellery, and installation art works. Pushing form is what Fringe Furniture is all about.
Your piece can be schmick and market-ready, something you made as part of your course, an existing work you completed recently, or a project you haven’t even started yet. If you don’t have all the details (dimensions, photo, description) ready yet, don’t worry – just give us all the info you’ve got and keep us updated as your piece develops.
If you need some help to get the creative juices flowing, you can make a piece in response to our 2018 artist provocation – The Games We Play. More info here.
Complete our online Registration form: Click here
Registration costs $105, or $85 per entry for full-time students or concession card holders.
Want to exhibit more than one piece? The more the merrier! Each subsequent entry after your first will cost just $85 per piece.
Melbourne Fringe has also created a new initiative to support gender equality in design, for more details see below.
|Registrations open||Mon 4 June 2018|
|Fringe Furniture FAQ Session||Wed 13 June 2018, 6pm-7pm – RSVP here|
|Registrations close||Mon 2 July 2018, 11:59pm|
|Delivery of works||Fri 7 – Sun 9 September 2018|
|Exhibition opens||Thu 13 September 2018|
|Exhibition closes||Sun 30 September 2018|
|Works collected||Mon 1 October 2018|
There’s a gender pay gap across Australia, which means that men are paid more than other genders to do the same work – and the design sector is no exception.
Fringe Furniture is making a commitment to actively supporting gender equality in the design sector so that female identifying and non-binary designers won’t continue to be under-represented in the design industry.
The Naomi Milgrom Foundation is helping Melbourne Fringe to help female-identifying and non-binary designers by subsidising registrations for these communities by 15.3% – which is the gender pay gap in Australia. We reckon that’s only fair.
At Melbourne Fringe, we know gender is a construct, but it’s one that leads to discrimination and privilege for some. So it’s up to you. We trust you to pick the price that is fairest. More info here.
Want some more reasons to participate in Fringe Furniture? Here’s a couple:
Come along to the Fringe Furniture FAQ Session on Wednesday 13 June at the Abbotsford Convent, where we’ll provide information about how to participate in Fringe Furniture and answer all your questions. More info here.
If you can’t make it to the FAQ Session or just need answers STAT, contact Kristina Arnott, Creative Projects Coordinator on 03 9660 9600 or email@example.com.