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UAL takes on London Design Festival 2023

London Design Festival
  • Written byNicole Horgan
  • Published date 13 September 2023
London Design Festival

London Design Festival takes place every September across the city, bringing together designers from London and across the globe to explore the power of design through thought-provoking contemporary installations, workshops, talks and more.

The festival is a fantastic event that demonstrates London’s position as a powerhouse for the creative industries and so, it is only fitting that you’ll find students and academics from UAL amongst the mix.

Make sure to visit between 16 – 24 September 2023 and check out these exhibitions, workshops and talks hosted by talent from within UAL!

A blurred Birdseye view of people playing on a playground

Demystifying Design by London College of Communications

The Tree House at Elephant Park, London, SE17 1GD
Game and Augmented Reality Immersive experiences: 16 - 24 September
Workshops and talks: 21- 23 September 
Free - Tickets here

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’, the 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.

Explore the full range of activities taking place here.

An exhibition display.

Design Transformations '23 by Central Saint Martins

Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, London, N1C 4AA
Full exhibition run: 11 September - 15 October 

Can physical objects connect with our world and what it is to be human? How do our values guide our community in designing with care for people and place, to create work that is inclusive and representative, relevant and anticipatory?

Contemplating the purpose and values of our Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design (PCID) Programme, Design Transforms ’23 at the Lethaby Gallery presents a wide-ranging collection of staff, student and alumni works that defy the familiarity of their forms and share a responsibility to create social impact.

A decade on from winning the Queen’s Anniversary Prize and for London Design Festival 2023, the 100+ works on display prompt interaction with the programme’s manifesto of making, collaboration, community, creative ambition, anticipatory practice and transformation.

Find out more about the exhibition and the work on show here.

A pair of hands moulding a cup out of clay
How Do You Take Your Tea? - Natascha Ng & Disha Kulkarni

Microclimates by Camberwell College of Arts

The Hub at Eagle Wharf, London, SE15 5FB
16 - 24 September
Free - Tickets here 

This exhibition has been produced by students on the MA Global Collaborative Design Practice course - a pioneering new dual award Masters course from Camberwell College of Arts and Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT), in Japan.

The projects in this exhibition push the boundaries of design by addressing global issues such as food instability, climate migration and the energy crisis. Mapping techniques are an integral part of the project development, as they aid the designers to identify complex problems and gain a comprehensive understanding of the challenges. Grounding their projects within local contexts has allowed the designers to develop strategies and interventions that engage with different communities and create meaningful change.

Throughout the week, workshops will explore how multidisciplinary projects can work together to create global change.

Find out more about the exhibition here.

Strike a 'cord': Dress beyond the thread....

Shepherd Market, Mayfair - The Black Door Gallery Space (Gallery Marques), London, W1J 7QG
18 - 23 September

Derek Lawlor, BA Textile Design Joint Course Leader at Central Saint Martins, has collaborated with Studio Altus and Lacaze London on an installation that celebrates craftsmanship in interior design, textile art and bespoke furniture making.

Find out more here.