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Creative Director for Inaugural Design Triennial 2010 Announced

April 14, 2010
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Exciting news announced last week the Queensland Premier’s media release. Read on for details…

Premier and Arts Minister Anna Bligh today announced Ewan McEoin as the Creative Director of the first Design Triennial to be held in Brisbane 4-10 October, 2010.

“Ewan brings to the Design Triennial extensive national and international expertise in the business development and delivery of design events, having led the Victorian State of Design Festival from 2007 to 2009,” Ms Bligh said.

“The Triennial is the centrepiece of our Queensland Design Strategy 2020 which is a whole of government action plan that is harnessing good design to strengthen the economy, enhance creativity and encourage business and public sector innovation.

It will bring together international leaders from business, industry, research, academia and government and help find real-world design solutions to challenges facing this region.

“In Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland we have identified five key ambitions: strong, smart, fair, green and healthy. Design thinking and developing a strong, robust design sector will help us achieve these ambitions.”

Mr McEoin is also a board member of the Design Research Institute at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, joint Director of the Australian Design Unit and an experienced design magazine editor. He will work with a consortium of industry professionals, led by Arts Events Management Australasia and the Australian Design Unit, across three states – Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria – to deliver the Triennial.

Arts Events Management Australiasia has produced Australia’s flagship fashion event, the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival for the past 12 years. Queensland companies in the consortium are Urban Art Projects and Red PR, with Neville Freeman agency from NSW and Victorian companies Something Together and Portable Content.

“This is the first program of its kind, a testament to the foresight of the Queensland Government and in particular Premier Bligh,” Mr McEoin said.

“We have the full support of government to produce a program that is innovative, issues led and results oriented. The program strives to bring Queensland and Asia-Pacific businesses, the design sector and communities together to devise ways of using design as a powerful tool for sustainable development and social benefit.”

For more information on the Design Triennial visit the Queensland government’s website.

Also, Indesign will be reporting on the evolution of the Design Triennial and the events as they unfold. Click here for Ben Morgan’s interview with Ewan McEoin on his role and vision for the inaugural event.

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