Open Nature: Gippsland Design Day

Presented by Open House Melbourne and supported by Latrobe City Council

Open House Melbourne presents a curated ‘Design Day’ of presentations, talks, film and music

Friday 25 March | 10AM - 1PM | GPAC Theatre

Open House Melbourne presents a curated ‘Design Day’ in the architect-designed spaces of the brand-new Gippsland Performing Arts Centre in Traralgon as part of their Open Nature program for Melbourne Design Week. 


Explore ecologically responsive and ‘more than human’ design and creative production practices, the potential of solar engineering and agriculture, the Latrobe Valley as a clean, green and trusted food producer and the power of creative entrepreneurship in driving innovation.  

The curated day will open with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony from Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC), which represents Traditional Owners from the Brataualung, Brayakaulung, Brabralung, Krauatungalung and Tatungalung family clans. It is tasked with actively protecting culture, lands and waters, bringing strength, knowledge, skills and innovation to this role. 


Sessions include ‘Creative Entrepreneurship and the Latrobe Valley’ with Ross Harding presenting the milestones to a self-sustaining city and region developed through Finding Infinity’s 10-point strategy A New Normal. An illustrated talk from Nick Harding further contextualises this vision with Ha Architecture’s Valley of the Sun project, prototyping the potential for solar agriculture in the Latrobe Valley. Paul Katsieris will offer possibilities for the future of sustainable engineered timber construction in the region, before the three presenters broaden their discussion on a panel led by Myf Doughty, Curator, Contemporary Design and Architecture, NGV.  


‘Gippsland as a clean, green and trusted food producer’ forms the theme of a second session of talks presented by creative entrepreneurs from the Gippsland region. John Calabro, director of the Traralgon-based design practice The View From Here will discuss motivations for co-founding the non-for-profit publication Gippslandia, its rapid success engaging community members and catalysing awareness around clean, green and trusted consumables production in the Gippsland region. Gippsland craft brewers Gabrielle and Chris Moore will share their story of creative entrepreneurship at their Orbost brewery, Sailor’s Grave. Bruce Pascoe joins them to unfold the journey behind their collaboration on the Dark Emu Dark Lager brew. Together they will elaborate on their considered approach to merging seasonal ingredients from local producers with foraged Indigenous botanicals from the banks of the Snowy River. These presentations will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by Mim Cook, presenter and producer ABC Radio Gippsland.

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This event is part of Open Nature, presented by Open House Melbourne for Melbourne Design Week 2022, an initiative of the Victorian Government, Creative Victoria in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria.

Friday 25 March

10AM - 1PM
GPAC Theatre

All Tickets Free

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Bookings are essential.

Gippsland Performing Arts Centre has a flexible COVID refund policy.

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