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Demystifying Design - London Design Festival

Colourful poster for London Design Festival
Colourful poster for London Design Festival
Design by Olly Corps, London College of Communication, UAL.

A free programme of diverse design happenings in Elephant Park.


In partnership with London Design Festival and Elephant Park, London College of Communication, UAL, celebrates Southwark South Design District: a diverse design destination encompassing one of the most vibrant and creative communities in London.

Exploring the theme of ‘Demystifying Design’, our free programme of design happenings features a series of talks and workshops that aim to make design and creativity accessible to all.

Throughout London Design Festival, The Tree House at the heart of Elephant Park will host events ranging from upcycling sewing workshops to virtual reality learning. Audiences will also be invited to embark on research trails to explore their surroundings through approaches such as drawing and augmented reality – discovering how design skills can connect community, culture and education.


Our programme of events will be located at:

The Tree House
Elephant Park
SE17 1GD


Game and Augmented Reality immersive experiences will take place from 16-24 September.

Workshops and talks will take place from 21-23 September.

All workshops are free.

Thursday 21 September

Collective Anomalies: The Silent Screen | talk/workshop 
How can we break the fourth wall in digital spaces to accommodate and enhance accessibility, creative expression, and inclusivity?

6pm - 7pm

Book 'Collective Anomalies: The Silent Screen'

Marmairo; Reflections on Tinian Marble | talk
This project is a practice-based exploration on Tinian marble, Tinos’ marble quarries, and their extensions to the Greek island’s socio-environmental life.

7.30pm - 8.30pm

Book 'Marmairo; Reflections on Tinian Marble'

Friday 22 September

Elephant Park: Research Trail | workshop and exhibition
This hands-on workshop will guide you in how to explore and map your surroundings through the use of drawing, mark-making, graphic composition and design skills.

12pm - 3pm

Book 'Elephant Park:  Research Trail'

Patchwork | workshop
This is a short talk followed by a live workshop in virtual reality. Participants will be invited to enter the VR space and co-design a digital fashion artefact.

4pm - 7pm

Book 'Patchwork'

Saturday 23 September

Quite Brilliant Quilting Brigade | workshop
Unearth the critical potential of thread and needle in this workshop led by artist and designer Cai Tuomivaara and master timeless hand-sewing techniques.

11.30am - 2.30pm

Book 'Quite Brilliant Quilting Brigade'

A Trip Down Memory Lane
3pm - 5pm

Book 'A Trip Down Memory Lane'

Timeless Tradition
6.30pm -7:30pm

Book 'Timeless Tradition'

Events running throughout September 16 - 24

Timeless Play
Join MA User Experience students as they look at preserving ancestral traditions through games.

9am-5pm, daily

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Women of Elephant and Castle
An Augmented Reality immersive experience of the most emblematic local marks of Elephant and Castle emphasising the contribution of women through time.

9am-5pm, daily

Find out more about 'Women of Elephant and Castle'