The selection of the month: design events not to be missed in August
Exhibition: Eternally Yours, at Somerset House
Eternally Yours is a free exhibition that aims to explore themes such as care, repair and healing by showcasing historic artifacts that embrace the process of recycling and repurposing. By encouraging visitors to recognize the emotional value of objects, it also aims to spark reflections on our relationship with the planet.
At the heart of the exhibit is the Beasley brothers’ repair shop, designed by Carl Clerkin. The installation is inspired by traditional repair shops in the East End and features live demonstrations and workshops where visitors can watch designers like Gretta Gschwendtner and Peter Marigold turn discarded objects into something new.
Somerset House resident Superflux also showcases a collection of speculative futuristic designs inspired by the experimental film The Intersection. The collection aims to explore the connection between activism and reparation in art and design and to offer a critique of the culture of consumption and waste.
This exhibition will continue until September 25 at Somerset House, London. Tickets are available on the Somerset House website.
Book: Curating Design: Context, Culture and Reflective Practice, by Donna Loveday
Curating Design aims to introduce the idea of design as a curatorial practice while offering a series of case studies. Covering curations both in and out of museums, Loveday attempts to trace the origins of the practice of collecting and exhibiting from the 19th century to design museums today.
It aims to illustrate how the role of the curator has changed since the 1980s, as they have become much more than mere custodians of a collection. Conservation as a practice can now be applied to the production of a number of cultural and creative outputs, from exhibitions and art festivals to museums and galleries.
Loveday attempts to explore the effect of curatorial practice on design, as new design museums open around the world with various popular culture exhibits. The book includes interviews with leading practitioners from international design and art museums who attempt to highlight contemporary challenges and best practices in design conservation.
Curating Design: Context, Culture and Reflective Practice, by Donna Loveday is published by Bloomsbury Visual Arts. It will be available to buy from Amazon on August 25 from £21.99.
Workshop: Screenprinting with Becky Thomas, at The Margate School
Becky Thomas, Graphic Designer and Visual Communications Coordinator at Margate School (TMS), will lead a half-day workshop in her TMS print space. Working in pairs, participants will learn how to create a stencil for a two-color print. Then they will expose a screen using a photosensitive emulsion and print it on paper.
All materials will be provided the same day. The TMS printing space is located on the second floor of the building. Attendees are encouraged to notify TMS of any accessibility requirements when booking by emailing [email protected]
This workshop will take place on August 20 in the TMS print space at the Margate School. Tickets can be purchased for £50 from the Margate School website.
Exhibition: Football: Designing the Beautiful Game, at the Design Museum London
This is your last chance to catch the Football: Designing the Beautiful Game exhibit which is now in its final month. Comprised of five sections on performance, identity, crowds, spectacle and play, it aims to allow visitors to explore how design has pushed play to its emotional and technical limits.
Involving over 500 objects, the exhibition includes films and interviews on sports performance, kit development, stadium design and more. It attempts to depict defining moments in footballing history, with particular objects telling the stories of club legacies and legends of the game such as Pelé, Michelle Ackers, Diego Maradona and Pernille Harder.
The exhibition also includes an immersive 3D installation that aims to simulate a football stadium, designed by OMMX. Shaz Madani is responsible for the 2D design work.
This exhibition will run until August 29 at the Design Museum in London. Tickets are available for around £18.50 on the Design Museum website.
Event: SPOT Design Market, Glasgow
SPOT Design Market will hold its first in-person summer event, supported by Creative Scotland. The event includes a series of workshops and corresponding markets and exhibitions, which aim to provide insight into the work of different makers, their skills and their inspirations.
It will also give visitors the opportunity to learn from them and get involved in the design and manufacture while having complete freedom to experiment. Participants in the workshops will also see their creations exhibited.
This year, the market will welcome print designers like Max Machen, Lou Rowland and Lauren Morsely as well as ceramic artists like Hunter Cermics and Alex Sickling. SPOT’s aim is to promote designers and provides a platform to “augment their capabilities and build on business goals whilst educating and providing opportunities to audiences and communities across the UK and across online world,” says founder and organizer Anna Hepburn.
The market will run from 11am to 4pm on August 14 at 54 Calton Entry Glasgow, G40 2SB. More information can be found on the SPOT Design Market website.
Designer summer workshops for children
The Sir John Soane Museum in London will host a 4-hour workshop for children aged 11-13 called Designing the Future on August 4. Inspired by the museum’s current exhibition, Space Popular: The Portal Galleries, young designers will be put into teams and asked to respond to a design brief.
Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite for £10. Children must be independent.
Published illustrator Jessica Hartshorn will lead a masterclass for children aged 11-16 at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry. The 3-hour workshop will include storyboarding and character development exercises as well as planning for book and comic book cover design. The young illustrators will leave with a cover that they will have drawn and illustrated themselves. There will be two sessions to choose from: August 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or August 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite for £10. Parents are welcome to stay with the children.
UAL will be hosting a 4-day Future Creatives course for children aged 7-11 from August 22-25. Children will have the chance to explore various art and design techniques and emerge from the course with a portfolio of multidisciplinary work. Previously, courses covered 3D design, drawing, portrait painting, and mod roc sculpting.
Tickets can be purchased from the UAL website for £140.