Satellite debuts at Melbourne Design Week 2024


Satellite Foundation is thrilled to showcase three creative projects at Melbourne Design Week 2024: ‘StigmaBeat’, ‘It’s a Mad World’ and our very own Zine Machine!

Melbourne Design Week is Australia’s largest and leading annual design festival taking place from 23 May to 2 June 2024.

Exploring the theme of ‘Design the world you want’, the 2024 program brings into focus the use of energy, ethics and ecology to encourage positive change, reimagine existing systems and offer innovative design solutions to complex global challenges.

Melbourne Design Week offers the opportunity for Satellite to showcase the innovative, creative outputs from young people in our community, who have a family member with mental health challenges.

StigmaBeat Panel: A youth-led discussion on reducing stigma about mental health

Young girl drawing with a pen on pink paper

The StigmaBeat Panel will consist of a screening of three short films co-created by young people in Gippsland in 2022 for the StigmaBeat project – a dynamic, youth-led, storytelling project that aims to create positive social change to end the stigma that is often associated with mental ill health.

According to the headspace National Youth Mental Health Survey (2023) nearly 6 in 10 people surveyed indicated they feel that there is a stigma around mental illness in Australia (57%), with more than half (52%) revealing they felt there is stigma around seeking help for a mental illness.

The screening will be followed by a short presentation on using creativity and co-design to create the films, and a youth-led panel discussion to talk openly about how we might create positive social change to end stigma surrounding mental health.

The panel will be moderated by Elfy Scott, an award-winning freelance journalist, presenter and producer, and current Satellite Ambassador who has published her debut book focusing on the silence and stigma that surrounds complex mental health conditions in Australia.

When: Thursday 30 May 2024
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Today Design, Level 8/54 Wellington St, Collingwood VIC 3066
Tickets: Grab your tickets HERE

It’s a Mad World: An online showcase of different perspectives on mental health

IT’S A MAD WORLD is an online showcase of different perspectives on mental health that has been created by those with lived experience, in collaboration with Satellite. Through a collaborative process and across different mediums, a group of incredible young people shed light on the how the quirks of ‘madness’ bring colour and depth to life.

As part of this year’s Melbourne Design Week we are launching our new interactive website. We invite you to listen up and be curious, and welcome your thoughts, feelings and reflections to contribute to this ongoing conversation.

When: Open to public from Thursday 23 May, 2024
Where: Available to view online

Zine Machine at Melbourne Art Book Fair: An interactive vending machine dispensing Satellite’s very own zine

An image of the Zine machine

Satellite is launching our very own Zine Machine at this year’s Melbourne Art Book Fair, part of Melbourne Design Week 2024, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

The Melbourne Art Book Fair is a state-wide celebration of art book publishing and Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature.

The Zine Machine is a fun, interactive vending machine that dispenses Satellite’s own Zine – All the Coloured Glasses – filled with a collection of over 120 original artworks, poems, drawings, and photographs sharing lived experiences of mental health challenges.

The Zine Machine will also dispense badges and stickers, providing a fun, interactive way to connect with the community, share young people’s creativity, prompt conversations around mental health challenges.
The Zine Machine will be available to view in the Stallholder Fair in the Great Hall of the NGV from 24 – 26 May from 10:00am to 5:00pm. There will also be an opportunity to submit an entry for the next round of zines and anthologies.

When: From 24 – 26 May 2024
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Available to view in the Stallholder Fair in the Great Hall of the NGV 

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