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Young designers offered international opportunity

David Trubridge is helping nurture young designers by giving them valuable international experience.

The acclaimed designer is part of a new group sponsoring a biennial fellowship for a designer to travel overseas and learn about international product or industrial design.

Trubridge, head of Hawke’s Bay Design Trust, said world-class design could not happen in isolation.

“To produce exceptional work our designers need to be exposed and engaged with ideas and relationships from the best international designers.”

The fellowship gave designers the opportunity to experience other studios and facilities as well as the chance to take part in new international innovations, he said.

“The inspiration and stimulation of this kind of international exposure can last for someone’s entire career, as well as contributing knowledge to the local industry.”

Trubridge said the HBDT agreement with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was “long-term partnership” which would provide “immense stimulation” for product and industrial designers.

The local trust had been supporting emerging designers since it began in 2002.

Its initial focus was the Cicada Works programme, providing young designers with somewhere to work, access to design and business mentoring services and facilitating opportunities with local manufacturing industries. HBDT is supported by sponsorship from Furnware Limited, David Trubridge Limited and Pan Pac Forest Products.

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Interested designers should review the requirements for current Churchill Fellowships applicants, which will be similar for this award, on http://www.communitymatters.govt.nz

Further details will be available on the website this month. Applications close in July.