A new design competition from the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is placing a spotlight on current social, environmental, cultural and community issues. The Victorian Design Challenge invites Victorian designers to form multi-disciplinary teams with professionals from other sectors to apply design in targeting a real-world problem.

As part of the inaugural competition, the NGV has partnered with VicHealth to create the 2018 theme, which asks “how might we increase the resilience of today’s young people?”

The Challenge will be run as a two-stage competition, with the finalists being announced during Melbourne Design Week in March. This will conclude with a live final at NGV International on 2 June. The overall winning team will be awarded with a $30,000 prize, which will help fund further development and prototyping of their design.

Each year, the Victorian Design Challenge will continue to join forces with a challenge partner. Together, they will focus on a relevant theme that addresses a pressing social or environmental need.

Stage one submissions for the 2018 competition are now open, and will close on Wednesday 7 March. For more information, click here