PAUL DUNCAN likens his title as

Curator convener to that of editor — and, as a former magazine editor and editorial director, he would know. He’s also a published author and head of design for homeward at Woolworths. Overseeing 38 curators, part of his role is ‘making sense of what’s emerging from the process’.

our designers and thinkers. Explain the curators’ role? The curators, who’ve been drawn from a variety of disciplines and age groups, and with a variety of different professional experiences between them, have been brought together to assess the project submissions — in themselves hugely varied. This is not a judging process. Rather it’s a process of sifting to see what each project needs. Do they have funding? Can they stand on their own now? Do they need nurturing so that what is in essence a good idea (but insufficiently pragmatic) can be coaxed into something fantastically tangible? What mentoring might a project need? Does a project need to be put into an ‘incubator’ so that something really great emerges? Sifting, sifting, sifting, always with an eye on what the programme for 2014 will comprise. How was the panel selected? Curators’ names were put forward by others; some sent their own names in. We looked at a range of experiences and we tried to find a balance between them so that all areas covered by the submissions would be represented. What are your thoughts on the general quality of submissions thus far? I’m not here to judge; however, while many of the projects submitted fulfil the requirements of the vision for 2014 and our mission to get it right (some more eloquently than others) I’m hoping that the second :all for submissions will bring out our superstars. I’d like us to be able to showcase our world in our terms using

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