Designing Futures: Career Insights from Cultural Creatives


Fri 24 May 3:15pm - 4:00pm


Free, no booking required


180 Saint Kilda Road, Southbank Melbourne, VIC, Australia


What does it take to lay the foundations for a successful career in art and design? At Designing Futures, hear from an engaging panel of young professionals as they share their unique perspectives on entering the creative fields of publishing, graphic and exhibition design. Offering their thoughts on the essential steps and qualities required to break into and stay in the competitive arts landscape, this panel will reveal useful opportunities for industry growth and fulfillment. Whether you’re an aspiring creative seeking guidance or a seasoned professional looking to pivot, Designing Futures looks to demystify career pathways in the art and design sector.

Presented by NGV

Megan Patty Moderator

Megan Patty, is Head of Publications, Photographic Services and Library at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, and is founding Curator of the Melbourne Art Book Fair (est.2015). She is a Publisher, writer and researcher and has edited numerous publications including Art Writing In Crisis, (2021), She Persists: Perspectives on Women in Art & Design, 2020, The Centre: On Art & Urbanism in China (2019); Some Posters from the NGV (2018), and NGV Triennial (2017). She holds a PhD from RMIT University, Melbourne.

Adele D'Souza Speaker

Adele D’Souza is a publishing assistant, writer and researcher interested in exploring alternative modes of art writing and publishing.

Dasha Tolotchkov Speaker

Dasha Tolotchkov is a spatial designer and interior architect. Her work revolves around interdisciplinary spatial practice that explores the connection between installation, performance, interior design and costume, with a focus on performativity within the interior.

Sunny Lei Speaker

Sunny Lei is a Chinese-Australian designer currently based in Naarm. She is interested in typography, publishing and exploring the myriad roles of a designer.

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