The annual London Design Festival sees a huge programme of design-focused exhibitions taking place at the V&A and across the capital in a variety of spaces.
Highlights in 2019 include:
Design is a major creative focus for the UK, as proven by its designation as the official partner for Hong Kong's Business of Design Week (BODW) 2019 taking place 2-7 December.
Working with cultural partners, GREAT Britain Campaign and Arts Council England, the Culture Diary has organised a set of missions for arts and culture delegates from various creative disciplines to capitalise on the build-up to and launch of BODW 2019. More on these soon.
Hull wants its 800 years of seafaring history to be officially recognised by becoming a Maritime City. This follows its designation as UK City of Culture in 2018 which helped revitalise the city.
In becoming Yorkshire's Maritime City, Hull would be embedded as a key part of the UK's tourism and heritage landscape.
Over the next five years, Hull will refurbish, preserve and restore four historic maritime sites and two historic ships. These are:
The World Architecture Festival 2019, has announced its award shortlist to include the ‘Opus’, designed by the late Zaha Hadid, within the ‘completed buildings – mixed use’ category.
The development, which has been 7 years in the making and is due to fully open towards the end of this year, is the late architect’s first project in Dubai and is located in the city’s Burj Khalifa district. After Hadid passed away in March 2016, it was reported that the project would contain a permanent memorial to the architect.
A new initiative, called Design Can, has been launched to encourage greater diversity within the design industry.
According to statistics issued by the Design Council last year, the industry is currently 78% male and 87% white, figures which are significantly out of step with society at large.
So a group of designers, editors and activists have launched a new campaign calling for a more inclusive design industry, outlining how the industry should change and providing resources and strategies for individuals to support making that change happen.
Collate is a digital art exhibition celebrating contemporary illustration and typography, taking place at Business of Design Week in Hong Kong on 2–7 December 2019 in the heart of Wan Chai district.
Artists, designers and studios can now submit their work for consideration. Work can be submitted until 19 November 2019.
The criteria is:
The Royal Exchange, with the aid of the Oglesby Charitable Trust, has developed a new pop-up theatre for Manchester residents to make and share theatre, as well as see Royal Exchange Performances in their own areas.
The Den, created by Haworth Tompkins, will visit areas of Manchester as part of the Royal Exchange's long-running community programme, Local Exchange. The theatre will be constructed and operated by residents in each community becoming its ushers, door staff, technical team and audience.