The City of Greater Geelong has been designated as a City of Design by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network (UCCN).

There are currently 180 members of the UCCN each having a designation in one of seven subnetworks –  Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media arts, Music, Craft and folk.

Geelong is Australia’s first (and only) city of design and it is the only non-capital to have UCCN designation. Other Australian members of UCCN are Melbourne (Literature), Sydney (Film) and Adelaide (Music).

Being a member of the network will benefit our community as we use it to form relationships to recognise, create and act on opportunities; share information; and seek partners for projects. We’ll build our capability to use design thinking to improve our industrial and commercial activities, our urban form and our liveability.

Being recognised as Australia’s City of Design, places Geelong alongside other global cities to open opportunities to further develop Greater Geelong’s international reputation as a world-class city region. This will provide Geelong with opportunities for further economic and cultural growth.

As part of the celebrations Deakin University’s School of Architecture and Built Environment is hosting a Showcase event that celebrates the work of Architecture, Landscape and Creative Arts in the Geelong region, to be held on the Geelong Waterfront Campus. The exhibition of works will run from May 17-22 in the School’s gallery space.

Register for the opening event:  Thursday 17 May 1:30 – 2:30 pm A+B Gallery

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