Design staff to lead session at London Business Conference and Exhibition

The London Business Conference and Exhibition is a free one-day event that will gather together inspirational speakers and a range of funding organisations who can support emerging businesses in developing the capacity for growth. One of the sessions will be chaired by Professor Mike Waller from our department; alumni Steve Lee and Kevin Palmer will also be amongst speakers. The conference will be hosted by Goldsmiths in the Professor Stuart Hall Building, on Thursday, 13 September:

The event will offer a forum to map out the funding opportunities and support available to equip you with the knowledge and tools to ensure consistent growth. You will also have the opportunity to explore ways to develop new products, services and markets.

It is essential in today’s climate to drive your business forward with creative thinking, innovative technology, smarter logistics and strategic collaborations. This conference will consider how you can benefit from innovations within emerged and emerging markets, in which the UK is a world leader. Join a range of sector experts and government agencies to gain invaluable insights in an interactive environment.

This is a great opportunity to network with like-minded business thought leaders; a platform for companies to come together and develop meaningful relationships and collaborations. Meet with innovators, entrepreneurs, managing directors and other key business decision-makers to share ideas and exchange practical knowledge.

You can book your free place via Eventbrite.

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.

Alumna Jodie Chinn brings empathy to political debate

In 2015, a year of general elections in the UK, Jodie Chinn’s BA Design graduation project, “House of Covvens”, attempted to envision a more equal society, questioning the hierarchies of Britain’s parliamentary system and incorporating feminine-coded knowledge. Jodie is now revisiting and expanding the project to fit the even more troubled political environment of today. For two weeks in May, she will hold ‘House of Covvens – South East London’,  an exhibition and event series centred around ten ‘Covvens’, non-hierarchical discussion spaces where everyone’s voice is welcomed and value. Jodie explains:

“When you’re exchanging information in our society, it’s often about the person who can talk the loudest, and it’s hierarchical. This project is about everyone having the space to talk and share what they know, it’s aiming to create a comfortable environment for expression. Halfway through the Covven, everyone is given the chance to reflect on what we’ve discussed, and make a clay object to represent this reflection. We then go around and let everyone explain what they have made, giving everyone the chance to speak and process their thoughts. People can leave their object in the space and these will collect together over the two weeks with a final event on the 29th of May presenting the process of the project. It’s not necessarily about coming up with ideas, but about creating a space for people to share thoughts and learn from each other. As part of this event there will also be foraging walks and sound performances on the new, quarter and full moon!”Read More »

Call for entries: Design proposals for the 2018 Orwell Prize trophies

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The 2016 Orwell Prize trophies, designed by Goldsmiths BA Design students Archie, Panagiotis and Tom

The Orwell Foundation have once again decided to work with the Goldsmiths Design students to create the trophies for the prestigious Orwell Prize for political writing, to to be presented at an awards ceremony in June 2018.

The competition is open to the following students:

1.BA Design (Year 2 and Year 3)

2.MA Expanded Practice

3.PGCE Design and technology

4.Alumni (BA Design, PGCE, MA, graduates in year 2017)

The project can be undertaken by individuals or groups. Please send your submissions by 23 March 2018 at 4 pm; more details can be found in the project brief, brand guidelines and project timeline.

UPDATE: The deadline for submissions has been extended until Friday, 4 May 2018 at 5 pm. The organisers also wish to announce that the chosen submission will receive £500 to support the making of the final awards.