- Mapping Sanctuaries, an exhibition of work by Alaa Alsaraji (BA Design 2016) is on at P21 Gallery in London from 29 October to 14 November 2020. The show is a collection of digital illustrations and sound pieces exploring the notions of safety and the spaces that exist between isolation and belonging within Muslim communities.
- The Dovetail Joints Virtual Gallery is now hosting an online exhibition by SWM Collective, which includes Megan Watson (BA Design 2020).
- Linnea Strid (BA Design 2013) talks about her journey wanting to be an artist and becoming a designer instead, in this Spotify podcast.
- Alumnus and former Goldsmiths Design researcher Dave Cameron is quoted in this It’s Nice That piece on technology for working from home.
- “Home Is”, a documentary directed by David Jack Fenton (BA Design 2017) was streamed live, followed by a Q&A with David and Neena Patel, chair of the Barnet Asian Women’s Association, on 17 October.
- On The Double Negative website, Goldsmiths Design lecturer Nicholas Mortimer is interviewed by Yin Ying Kong (BA Design 2018).
Nicholas Bennett, a first year BA Design student at Goldsmiths, is the winner of the #CreateCOP25 competition launched by artist management agency Art Partner. The contest invited young creatives to submit artistic proposals that engage with contemporary issues around climate change.
Nicholas’s winning entry is a waterproof formal suit for people to wear during flooded commutes:
I created this work a year ago, whilst exploring the ways people use objects to protect themselves from environmental forces. I started creating solutions for flooding with the everyday objects that surrounded me. This issue is becoming increasingly prevalent, since I’ve completed this work the news has been constantly filled with people living in floods such as recently in the UK and Venice, I used temporary waterproofs as a solution. It also fascinated me how we attempt to face climate consequences. I wanted to continue to understand the lengths people will go to, to carry on with ‘life’.
When: 5 October 2019, 14:30 – 15:30
Where: William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London
Goldsmiths Design lecturer Rose Sinclair discusses the presence of Dorcas Societies – charitable textile-making clubs – in and around Walthamstow, exploring how women used crafting practices to initiate social change.
Rose has authored several textile books, her most recent being Textiles and Fashion, Materials, Design and Technology (2015). Her current research focuses on black British women their crafting practices, and aesthetics. She uses installations and crafting workshops to discuss issues of gender, authenticity, identity, migration and settlement.
A key element in her research is the study of Dorcas Clubs and Societies and their used as a catalyst for black women to navigate safe textiles making spaces. Her research reflects on how the history of the Dorcas Clubs and Societies can influence contemporary textiles networks and practices.
MA students Jheel Kankaria and Tajwar Aziz participated in the the City Co-Labs Hack at Makerversity this summer, facilitated by Goldsmiths Design Associate Lecturer (and alumnus) Hefin Jones. They will be presenting the ideas that they developed as part of London Design Festival. Their proposal explores how public space can acknowledge the work of unpaid carers and their accessibility needs on public transport.
Makerversity’s Civic Hacks address the big social issues of our time. Fostering collaboration between makers and the public, they explore design’s role in creating radical solutions to the problems we face.
The exhibition will be on at Somerset House from September 16th -22nd; further details can be found here.