Rose Sinclair takes part in Caribbean Carnival Festival at the V&A

This Sunday, Goldsmiths Design’s Rose Sinclair will be at the V&A, taking part in their Caribbean Carnival Festival held in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Black History Month.

Rose will run a workshop/talk about fabrics found in the National Archives that have a connection to Caribbean Carnival and celebrations such as Junkanoo. All with original 1950’s music! The event is free and anyone can drop in.

Seminar Room 2, Sackler Centre
14.00 – 15.00 and 15.30 – 16.30


Interaction Research Studio shows new work in ‘Water’ exhibition

For London Design Festival 2017, a group of 13 designers are coming together at the Copeland Gallery in Peckham’s Bussey Building to explore Water. Each of them has created a new work for the exhibition, responding – creatively, technologically or emotionally – to water and the vital role it plays in the natural and human world.

Exhibiting artists include Andy Sheen, Dean Brown and Mike Vanis from the Interaction Research Studio (the latter two are also co-ordinating the event).  The exhibition will be open between 19-24 September.

Rose Sinclair receives Commendation in the Warden’s Annual Public Engagement Awards

Goldsmiths Design lecturer Rose Sinclair has been awarded a Commendation in the Warden’s Annual Public Engagement Awards, in the Postgraduate Research category. Rose’s work with Dorcas clubs and societies has been deemed excellent and exceptionally strong.

The awards were established in 2016 to recognise and celebrate the excellent work Goldsmiths researchers at all career stages do with members of the public – whether they’re sharing ground-breaking findings with new audiences, or collaborating with the public throughout their research.

Grime Up the River: the social history of the Lea valley as music

Design partnership Dash’n’Dem (which include Goldsmiths Design lecturer Dash Macdonald) worked with grime artists and local teenagers in the River Lea area to produce tracks about the social history of East London and its significance to our current times. The project, part of the wider Odd Guides project delivered by Create London, includes a video supported by a Goldsmiths Design Research Grant, which you can now watch online in full. Dash explains:

“One of the tracks that we created was a conversation around the history of immigration, particularly with the docks and that area of East London bringing immigrants from all over the world, and looking at the different tensions that happened, from the Irish, the European, Asian, Afro-Caribbean immigrants as they came to settle, and repeatedly how populist politicians have played the immigration card, whether that’s Oswald Mosley, Enoch Powell, or today [Nigel] Farage and Boris [Johnson] with slogans such as: “We want our country back” or Take back control”. In the end, it’s having a conversation with these young people about what those slogans mean, how it made them feel, and how can design challenge that.”