Design NSW is a grant from the NSW Government, supported through the Arts NSW Visual Arts & Craft Strategy. It was developed in 2008 by the Powerhouse Museum and Arts NSW, and is presented in partnership with the British Council. The scholarship gives a designer at the beginning of their career $18,000 to undertake an approved program of professional development overseas. The 2009 award was announced at the Powerhouse Museum on Wednesday 12 August by Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts Virginia Judge.
The Scholarship is open to all emerging designers working in the broad areas of product and communication design (including for the home, industry and the body). This year, 45 applications were received online. They were assessed according to authenticity and innovation; practicality and performance; and ecological impact and responsibility.
Four judges were enlisted to sort through the entries, a difficult task, considering the extraordinarily high level of competence shown by applicants.
The selection panel this year were:
Brandon Gien: Executive Director of the Australian International Design Awards and General Manager, Corporate Services for Standards Australia.
Marita Leuver: A multi-award winning graphic designer who has worked with such esteemed organisations as Sydney Opera House, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Melbourne Art Fair and the Sydney Film Festival.
Akira Isogawa: An Internationally renowned fashion designer who has held major exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, Object Gallery, The PHM and MCA.
Marcus Trimble: Founder of Sydney based architecture firm, Super Colossal. Trimble is also a tutor in design at the University of Sydney Faculty of Architecture.
After much deliberation, a shortlist of five Scholarship applicants was chosen for interview:
Tom Fereday: industrial designer
Liesl Hazelton: jewellery and object designer.
Fraser Mudge: industrial designer
Arnel Rodriguez: graphic designer
Kenan Wang: industrial designer
Liesel Hazelton was declared the eventual winner. The rest, as they say, is history. View the top twelve entries in the following slideshow.
The Design NSW: Travelling Scholarship is presented by the Powerhouse Museum and Arts NSW in partnership with the British Council.