Goldsmiths Design Festival talks and workshops

Paulina Klapetek at the 2015 Goldsmiths Design Festival
Paulina Klapetek at the 2015 Goldsmiths Design Festival

More and more exciting events are being added to the programme of the Goldsmiths Design Festival, opening later this week. All of the following talks and workshops are free to attend:

  • MA Design and Innovation student Sanchit Kedia is organising two festival events as part of his graduation project “Firefly”. On Thursday, 15 September, a materials workshop focused on DuPont Corian and its creative applications will take place between 2-5 pm, while on Friday, 16 September, Divij Jhamb of TRL will hold a talk on “Driving Consumer Innovation through Co-Creation” at 2 pm.
  • Another Friday event (starting 3.30 pm) features guest speaker Cat Drew of Policy Lab in a talk about bringing new policy tools and techniques to the UK Government using design.
  • Ar 4.30 pm, a lecture with Goldsmiths Design’s Tobie Kerridge will take an emergent project as a case study for discussing how interests can shape a framework for practice based design research.
  • Friday evening will end with “Untangling Stories”, an experimental performance with MA Design and Environment student Paulina Klapetek, followed by a Q&A.
  • Finally, on Sunday, 18 September, come hear Jimmy Loizeau and Liam Healy talk about “Design Unlikely Futures“, a project that emerged from volunteering at the Calais refugee camp.

We’re also happy to announce the second confirmed speaker at the Alumni Reunion evening (16 September, 6.30 pm): Chasity Johnson, an MA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship graduate, will present Haute Ecology, an online ethical apparel company “for those who want to look fly without destroying the planet”.

Goldsmiths Design Festival news: Fashions and Embodiment workshop, Alumni evening

Only ten days remain until the start of this year’s Goldsmiths Design Festival (15-18 September), when the department opens its doors for a series of free design events, including the 2016 Postgraduate show!

The Masters students’ final exhibition will be open on 16-18 September, after an industry and press private view which takes place on the evening of September 15th. For a peek at the graduation projects, have a look at the Festival website, where students are uploading information and images on their work, tackling a variety of topics from diagnosing eating disorders amongst Chinese youth to crowding on the Underground and cat cafes.


But the festival includes other events as well. All day on 15 September, artists Celia Pym and Emma Hoette will be facilitating a Fashions and Embodiment workshop, initiated in collaboration with the Goldsmiths Fashion Research Unit and the MA Fashion Programme, and supported by Goldsmiths Annual Fund. The workshop will explore the relationship between fashion and movement through the acts of wearing and repairing; all participants must bring with them at least one garment that requires mending.

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On the evening of 16 September, the Design department and the Development and Alumni Office at Goldsmiths will host a Design alumni evening reception. The first confirmed Design alumnus to be a speaker at the event is Nicholas O’Donnell-Hoare (MA Design: Critical Practice 2010), currently Head of Design and UX at Pi ltd, and a PhD student at the University of Dundee where he is researching Disruptive technologies and Design for Sustainability. (This is a good time to re-read an old interview with Nicholas on the Design blog).


Design Alumni evening at Goldsmiths Design Festival

You can now put in your calendars the first special event happening at this year’s Goldsmiths Design Festival: on Friday, 16 September, the festival will host a reception for Design alumni, in collaboration with the Development & Alumni Office at Goldsmiths.

The event opens at 6 30 pm, in the St James Hatcham church building where all festival events will happen. There will be a few short talks from Design alumni, free drinks and plenty of time for mingling and networking. Find out what Design graduates are doing now, reconnect with former classmates, or find future collaborators!

The 2016 Goldsmiths Design Festival takes place 15-18 September as part of the London Design Festival.


Goldsmiths Design Festival returns in 2016

Last year, the Design Department at Goldsmiths opened its doors for its first ever Design Festival, a week of free events, including the 2015 MA show, as well as special guests, exhibitions, workshops and exciting performances. We’ve had drone-building, glue guns, nudity, poetry readings and many other exciting ingredients for a great festival.

We’re glad to announce that our Design festival will return in 2016 as part of the London Design Festival. Graduation projects from the MA class of 2016 will be there, as well as additional special events, amongst them a fashion workshop and an Alumni evening and reception. All events will take place in the St James Hatcham gallery in New Cross (15-18 September), with a private view opening on the evening of 15 September.

More information and highlights from the programme will be available soon. Until then, refresh your memory by revisiting last year’s highlights!