veski support of other programs

22 August

veski is realising its principal objective through a number of programs that highlight Victorians who display excellence in their work.

With the recent launch of our design initiative, we are supporting two projects, both of which involve a travelling exhibition of outstanding global design excellence, coming to Victoria in 2005.

Firstly, award winning Melbourne architect Kerstin Thompson is representing Australia at an international exhibition, New Trends of Architecture in Europe and Asia Pacific 2004-06 with the support of a veski award.

veski also contributed $15,000 to assist with Victoria's involvement in this unique travelling exhibition ensuring that it visits Melbourne in 2005. The exhibition includes architects from Australia, Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia and Japan.

The exhibition commenced in France in October. It then travels to Hong Kong in January, to Cork, Ireland in June, before arriving in Melbourne on August 1st 2005 for a month-long stay. It then continues on to Korea. It is the first time Australia has been invited to participate in this significant showcase for innovative architecture.

As part of the veski award, Kerstin Thompson will take part in a schools program to share her experiences to help foster an innovative culture. She will also extend that experience in a symposium that will demonstrate the learning from the exhibition to the Victorian design community. You can view some of Kerstin's award winning designs at: www.kerstinthompson.com

The second design event that veski is supporting is also supported by the City of Milan and the City of Melbourne .This project is a celebration of the work of young Australian designers at the design museum, the Triennale de Milan during the Milan Furniture Fair.

veski's financial involvement will ensure the return of this exhibition for a season in Melbourne in July 2005. The exhibition will be enhanced by an innovative schools program where the young designers will share their experience of this international event.

The invitation was offered to Australia as part of the newly formed sister city relationship between Melbourne and Milan. From the exhibition, the Milan-based advisory panel will select one Australian designer as the recipient of the Young Foreign Designers Award.

The prize includes access, over a three month period, to people and organisations in Milan that will further the development of the chosen designer's career.

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