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Fringe Furniture For Gender Equality

Following last year’s roaring success, our Fringe Furniture for Gender Equality initiative is back.

Gender might be a just a construct, but it’s a construct that sees men paid more than other genders in many industries – and the design industry is one of ‘em. Thanks to the support of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, Fringe Furniture is actively supporting gender equality in the design sector and is our attempt to redress the balance.

We are offering female identifying and non-binary designers and artists the opportunity to participate in this exciting initiative, which includes:

  • A 14.5% discount off your rego fee if you are a female identifying and non-binary designer, this represents the current gender pay gap in Australia.
  • Four mentorships places dedicated for female identifying and non-binary designers. The program pairs industry leading female identifying designers with emerging designers.
  • A public talk by an industry leading female identifying designer.
  • Additional profile-raising opportunities, including artist tours of the exhibition led by female identifying and non-binary participants. Go on spruik your work!

The best bit? This initiative works. Last year, we successfully increased representation of female identifying and non-binary artists in Fringe Furniture and provided them key professional development opportunities.

That’s what this initiative is all about.

Equality. That’s it. Just equality.

Click here to apply now.


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A smiling woman stands next to two gold metal works of art mounted on a wall. The works are long and tubular. She wears a brown dress with white spots and has pigtail plaits. Her elbow rests on another work made of gold metal.

Anthropos by Juandita Centika, Fringe Furniture 33, Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019. Photo by Tanya Voltchanskaya.