Develop your business and freelance plans this summer

The  summer programme of support for developing your business or freelance ideas continues with some spaces remaining on our week long programme at the end of July.

Our week-long enterprise programme – the New Graduate Entrepreneurs Programme
Monday 30 July – Friday 03 August

Devised and delivered by expert staff from ICCE and drawing on their extensive experience, the one week-long programme will give student and graduate entrepreneurs from Goldsmiths a real boost to successfully set up or develop their own enterprises or enter the world of freelancing/self-employment.

Drawing on Goldsmiths’ combined industry networks, business and freelancing expertise, and in-depth knowledge of industry sectors, we will help you take your ideas and turn them in ready to launch businesses, or help you develop your current business even further. You will get the time, support and a critical network to really consider your idea and work out how to generate or increase income from it.

Participants will also have the opportunity to apply for hands-on paid internship experience in start-ups at the end of the course, which will take place during the summer. You can book your place on CareerSPACE.

Who is eligible?

  • Current students and those about to graduate at Goldsmiths
  • The NGEP is open to all graduates from any academic discipline up to 3 years after graduation.
  • The course is suitable for everyone from those who have an idea but are not sure how to make it happen, through to those who are already running a business.

MA workshops with Professor John Wood

Emeritus Professor John Wood recently held two talks/workshops for MA in Design: Expanded Practice students. The complete talks are now available to watch online:

June 15th: “Which Came First – Designing or Writing?”

Why, as designers, might we want (or need) to write things down? This workshop challenged some assumptions about the tradition, nature and purpose of academic writing. It used images and texts in a way that helps balance a sense of curiosity with the need to communicate clearly.

June 29th: “A Minimum Grammar For Design Thinking”

This workshop developed some of the ideas offered in John’s last session. It briefly sketched out a strategic and comprehensive method (developed at Goldsmiths) to help balance the designer/author’s aims and responsibilities with the full implications of their chosen topic.

Rose Sinclair to run workshop at the British Library’s Windrush Family Day

On Saturday, 7 July, the British Library will host a free Windrush Family Day with many activities and performances. Goldsmiths Design lecturer Rose Sinclair will take part in the event, running a craft and weaving workshop. Other highlights include board game sessions, a dance piece about migration performed by over 250 young people, storytelling and poetry workshops and the chance to visit Windrush: Songs in a Strange Landa free exhibition marking 70 years since the Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks, in Essex, carrying hundreds of Caribbean migrants to Britain.

The event will run between 12-4 pm; more information can be found on the British Library website.

BA Design show 2018: “D//U//A//T”

D//U//A//T, the BA Design final project by Charlie Witter and Tom Gavriel, resulted in a musical performance unlike any other at this year’s graduation show. You can watch the performance in the video above, but what’s the idea and the process behind it? Tom explains:

“The performance was the culmination of a chaotic passage through a shared project which deals with mythic patterns and unconscious wanderings.

Charlie and Tom started to work together once a week by making t-shirts based on characters they would meet along their travels; this would later become an integral part of their practice. In order to further bring their stories and characters to life, they enlisted a group of musicians over Gumtree to become the troubadours of their tales. This group included superhero rapper Mr.Grimez, actor Frederick Roll, guitarist Vitaly Yasinsky and Richard Winstanley from ‘Baffy the Band’. In the first session they entered blindly, with no musical experience, but have become excited about the creation of spectacle and noise.

The creation and seeking out of weird and eerie artefacts has also driven their practice, and for Frederick, the lead tragedian of the tale, backed by his travelling band, they have created a sonic trolley which records and projects cosmic sounds into ordinary spaces.

Moving forward, we are excited to announce this is our first contact made with reality, and there is plenty more to come. D//U//A//T are looking for a band manager, money and the final couple of members for the travelling band to join us on our voyage into the unconscious.

We would also like to thank all of the members of staff at Goldsmiths Design Department – this has only been possible due to the freedom of exploration fuelled within the course.

Finally; we are crazy and we’re not going anywhere.”

You can hear more of the team’s studio sessions on Soundcloud, follow them on Instagram and Facebook, or email them at milesfromsoup@gmail.com.