Dulux Colour Awards now international!

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13 October 2009

The Dulux Colour Awards have long been a bastion for acknowledging and applauding exceptional colour application and use amongst Australian architects and interior designers.

The 24th Dulux Colour Awards will now however, broaden its brushstroke to include design professionals practicing in and from New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji.

It is an expansion Dulux spokesperson Andrea Lucena-Orr regards as just one of several ways in which the Awards continue to refresh and reinvent itself.

“Each year we try to push the boundaries of the Dulux Colour Awards and in 2010 we’ve chosen to interpret that literally! The Awards have traditionally been an opportunity for Dulux to laud colour brilliance amongst Australia’s design elite right through to the potential brilliance of emerging new generations of talent.

But over time the Awards have come to symbolise Dulux’s drive to think fresh and take bold new directions. So it seems only natural that as a leader in colour not only here at home but also abroad, that we welcome equally gifted offshore creatives and give them the opportunity to celebrate their talent with colour,” said Lucena-Orr.

“We’re hoping this move will ultimately see a real hot bed of inspiring, fearless colour use that is thoughtful, thought-provoking, skilled and exciting. It will also be a chance to see colour differences and/ or parallels between countries. It will show just how complex, exciting and dynamic our world canvas truly is,” she said.

Acknowledging that the design community is indeed borderless, Dulux is confident the international move will be embraced by interior designers and architects, who continue to regard the Awards as actively leading the industry forward.

To that end, Sustainable Interiors category will remain, along with Commercial Interior and Exterior, Residential Interior and Exterior, Students years 1-6 and of course the crowing Grand Prix.

As in previous years, each category winner will enjoy a prized trophy, cash ($2,000 for the Grand Prix, $1,500 for each professional title and $1,000 for the student). As part of Dulux’s sponsorship of Interior Designer Awards Colour in Commercial Interior Design and Colour in Residential Interior Design, DCA finalists will be automatically entered into the Interior Designer Awards free of charge and all finalist projects will be displayed at designEX.

The Grand Prix winner will in addition not only enjoy return business-class airfare and 5 nights accommodation to attend 100% Design Toyko, but revel in the prestige of joining some of the design industry’s most admired and respected professionals, including previous winners such as ARM (2009), Carr Design Group, Bligh Voller Nield, Denton Corker Marshall, John Wardle, McBride Charles Ryan, Nonda Katsalidis, Kerstin Thompson Architects and Woods Bagot.

The Grand Prix winner will also be given the opportunity to showcase their work to an exclusive gathering as part of the 2010 designEX VIP Breakfast, before joining all other category winners at a network luncheon hosted by Dulux.

2010 entrants will be short-listed by a panel of internal judges led by Andrea Lucena-Orr before being reviewed by a trio of guest judges, traditionally themselves highly admired and acclaimed members of the design related industries.

Expression of interest in the 2010 Dulux Colour Awards are available online via www.dulux.com.au/colourawards, with submissions due by Friday 19th February 2010 and the Gala Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday 31st March 2010.

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