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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 2019: Original costume props from the adaptation of The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson and Directed by Stanley Kubrick. On display along with other pieces at the Design Museum. - Image Hethers/Shutterstock

UAL and Design Museum present Kubrick: Designing Worlds

Written by Cat Cooper
Published date 30 August 2019

Friday 13 September [10:30 – 18:00] and Saturday 14th September [10:00 – 16:00]
Bakala Auditorium, Lower Ground Floor
Design Museum, London 



Programme information and booking


This September, University of the Arts London and Design Museum present Kubrick: Designing Worlds, a 2-day symposium that will delve into the legacy of the master film-director to consider his enduring influence on design.

Over his 50 year career, Kubrick created a body of work that challenged conceptions of what cinema might be. Renowned for his meticulous attention to detail, he worked closely with many designers to construct his unique cinematic worlds - from the brutalist dystopia of A Clockwork Orange, to the futuristic space-station of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Going beyond the screen and into the design of imagined worlds and virtual reality, this event will explore the research and practices underpinning his film production, drawing on Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition currently showing at Design Museum and the Stanley Kubrick Archive held at the Archives and Special Collections Centre at UAL.

UAL is official academic partner to the Design Museum, powering the exhibition through the loan of nearly 1000 materials from the archive.

The speakers

From designing the future to transforming bodies and locations across his films, 6 speaker panels will explore Kubrick’s attention to design, from traditional forms such as costume design to contemporary practices in speculative design and documentary film-making. Speakers include:

Milena Canonero, costume designer for The Shining, and Academy Award, Oscar and BAFTA winner for her costume design on Barry Lyndon (1975), Chariots of Fire (1981) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).

Colin Arthur, special effects artist and sculptor who worked on the Australopithicus sequence on 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Howard Berry who leads The Elstree Project, documenting the film and TV history of Elstree and Borehamwood and will deliver the Kubrick Annual Lecture.

Katharina Kubrick, daughter of Stanley Kubrick who worked on Barry Lyndon, Full Metal Jacket and The Shining as a location photographer and props buyer.

Adrienne Groen, Co-Curator Stanley Kubrick: the Exhibition at The Design Museum..

Sheldon Brown, artist, professor and research leader at the UAL Creative Computing Institute - combining computer science research with vanguard cultural production.

Deyan Sudjic (OBE) Director of the Design Museum and curator of Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition.

Alan Yentob, producer and former BBC Controller.

Georgina Orgill, Stanley Kubrick archivist at University of the Arts London.

Bringing new ideas to life: Stanley Kubrick Archive at UAL

Offering an unparalleled insight into all aspects of Stanley Kubrick’s film-making processes, Kubrick’s processes and his creation of complete worlds can be explored through the considerable Stanley Kubrick Archive based at the Archives and Special Collections Centre at UAL.

It holds material spanning Kubrick's entire career, from his time as a photographer for Look Magazine to his final film Eyes Wide Shut, which celebrates its 20th birthday this year – and beyond this into his unfinished projects, particularly AI: Artificial Intelligence and Aryan Papers.

It offers the unique opportunity for visitors to handle objects, view original photographs and witness up-close, Kubrick’s body of work, from his personal research, to the way he worked - spanning hand-written notes, annotated scripts and correspondence that showed the vision of this ground-breaking director.

Renowned for producing incredible new insights that educate and inspire both within and beyond the discipline of screen production, the archive is open by appointment to practitioners, researchers, students and interested members of the public.

Exhibition ticket included

Attendance at the symposium includes access to the Design Museum’s current blockbuster exhibition Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition.

Open until 17 September, over 100,000 people have explored the iconic exhibition - rated 5 stars across The Guardian, The Times, Evening Standard, Time Out and BBC News.

This internationally acclaimed touring exhibition landed in Britain this year, Kubrick’s home and workplace for his last 40 years. Home for the first time in its 15-year run, the milestone London exhibition honours the 20th anniversary of the death of the legendary director.

Visit the Design Museum website to view the full symposium programme and to book.


Image Hethers / Shutterstock.com - LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 2019: Original costume props from the adaptation of The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson and Directed by Stanley Kubrick. On display along with other pieces at the Design Museum.

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