Judge for new Powerhouse program

Prof Veena will join a Powerhouse Museum panel to judge submissions and the winner of the inaugural Carl Nielsen Design Accelerator program.

Powerhouse invites early to mid-career industrial designers to apply for the inaugural Carl Nielsen Design Accelerator program, supported by a generous bequest from the celebrated Australian industrial designer and his wife Judy Nielsen.

One project designed or released in Australia in the last 12 months that demonstrates outstanding design for sustainability will be selected to receive a bespoke program of industry and financial support tailored to the individual recipient.

Powerhouse will take an active role in supporting the successful candidate to develop or promote their project by enabling specialised industry-level assistance in the areas of production, mentorship, research and outreach.

The selection panel will include Adam Laws (Director of Nielsen Design Associates), Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla (Director, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology, UNSW), Andrew Simpson (Designer, Vert Design), Lucy Simpson (Designer, Gaawaa Miyay) and Angelique Hutchison (Curator, Powerhouse).

“The Carl Nielsen Design Accelerator weaves together the centrality of industrial design to the Powerhouse collection with our contemporary ambitions of seeking out local design innovation relating to sustainability. We are grateful to Carl and Judy Nielsen for their bequest and enabling us to provide this opportunity to celebrate and advance exceptional sustainable industrial design,” said Powerhouse Chief Executive Lisa Havilah.

Early to mid-career industrial designers with a maximum of 10 years post-graduation are encouraged to apply. Applications are now open and close 5pm Friday 21 April 2023. The successful recipient will be announced at Sydney Design Week 2023 (15 – 24 September 2023), and the six-month long program will commence shortly thereafter, running from October 2023 to March 2024.

The Carl Nielsen Design Accelerator is one of the many ways Powerhouse is seeking to embed sustainability in programs, exhibitions, and education in support of the Powerhouse Climate Action Plan.

Powerhouse announcement and Design Accelerator details