Vesna Trobec and 20 students from The University of Technology, Sydney are in the remote black opal mining town Lightning Ridge (north-western NSW) where they will investigate the role of regional galleries after the unfortunate fire that burnt down artist John Murray’s gallery. They will explore both temporary and long term design options for the gallery and the town.

Students will engage with local artists, Indigenous groups, and the community to explore the potential for spatial design to contribute to the community.

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Simultaneously other regional design studios are being run – conceptualised by Campbell Drake, UTS.

The Lightning Ridge design studio is being co-taught by Stephanie Gotis-Graham.

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