Two’s A Pair for the Victoria and Albert Museum
As part of the Friday Late program at the V&A we were commissioned to curate an evening to coincide with the London Design Festival.
The night was a celebration of famous design duos and collaborative practice in contemporary design realised through performance, installations, talks and workshops, and a series of filmed interviews, culminating in a great design give away. There was a record attendance of over 6000 guests.
Confluence for Europe House
In september 2011 together with the European Commission in the UK we presented a one day conference exploring key issues and opportunities facing Europe’s creative economies. Creativity will be the driver of future European economies but is it understood? In what ways will its impact be felt by traditional industries and infrastructures? The digital economy is already changing the marketplace for ideas. How will we be affected, as consumers and service providers? Where will we work and how can creativity revitalise our cities? What can Government and higher education learn if it is to effectively support entrepreneurialism and the growth of the creative economy? What does a new generation of creatives think? The day promises lively debate and original thought, involving 16 speakers from industry, education, government and across the creative sector.
We also produced an exhibition during the London Design Festival Selecting one object from each year, showcased at designersblock events since its launch in 1998, they offer insights into how contemporary products anticipate and inspire cultural change. covering a period when creativity moved from the side lines to centre stage in the collective imagination and in our economies.
Illustrate with Anthony Green & Spencer
Designersblock Illustrate took place over 9 days during the London Design Festival and involved over 100 illustrators.
Working live they transformed 30 empty retail units on a 4 acre housing development into a sprawling gallery of unprocessed illustration, street art and graphics.
‘The week is traditionally dominated by three-dimensional products, so it was refreshing to see the slightly anarchic new illustration show organised by Designersblock in Highbury. Well-known illustrators featured alongside newer talents and punters straight off the street. They were united by the power of the pen and left to adorn all the surfaces of the empty commercial units, resulting in everything from intricate drawings to full-blown graffiti. The resulting atmosphere was electric and injected some cultural focus to a changing area of the city.’
Max Fraser, Design author, curator and deputy director of the London Design festival
Supporting Growth for Creative and Cultural Skills
In May 2010 we produced Supporting Growth an evening event and live exhibition took place at the Goldsmiths hall. A Designersblock production for Creative and Cultural Skills, we were able to invite people from within our network to show at this beautiful venue.
The evening brought together key players from the sector together. As well as the objects on display there were speeches, chaired by David Worthington, Chair, Creative & Cultural Skills & Chair, Design Division, Media Square plc Catherine Large & Pauline Tambling, Joint Chief Executive, Creative & Cultural Skills Michael Davis, Chief Executive, UK Commission for Employment & Skills.