Open House Melbourne appoints industry powerhouse Emma Telfer to the role of Creative Director. Open House Melbourne continues to provide unique opportunities for people to better understand the legacy and future impact of good design and architecture in the city. Emma takes on the role of Creative Director after successfully driving visitor engagement with Open House Melbourne as the organisation’s marketing communications consultant. Emma’s practice is based on public programs that inform people about the value of design and contribute to a culturally rich society.
Emma will draw upon her experience as a partner of the Office for Good Design – a unique curatorial group founded by Emma, Kate Rhodes and Dan Honey – who recently curated and produced the MMeets public program for MPavilion, the new summer architecture pavilion presented by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and the City of Melbourne. Emma is an Open House Melbourne association member and past board member, a board member of NETS (National Exhibitions Touring Support) and Liquid Architecture Festival, and sits on the Arts Centre, Melbourne’s Australian Performing Arts Collection Committee.
After another successful year for Open House Melbourne, Emma’s appointment signifies an exciting time of growth and program development for the organisation. Recently appointed Open House Melbourne CEO Paul Gurney said “I’m pleased to welcome Emma to her new role, a role that acknowledges her significant contribution to the organisation’s creative vision over the past 5 years. I look forward to working collaboratively with Emma to continue Open House’s growth as a significant cultural event for Melbourne.”
Emma said she is “thrilled to be working with Paul and the Open House Melbourne Board in establishing the creative direction of the organisation. Open House Melbourne has reached a maturity that allows us to deliver an expanded program that increases awareness of design and architecture, ultimately enabling a more liveable city.”
The Open House Melbourne weekend returns in 2015 on 25 & 26 July and will be supported by a program that runs throughout the year.