'Can Design Save the World?' and 'Can Design Save your Life?'

  • 10 March 2008

This spring The Art Fund, continues its series of debates with two events that bring together some of the most exciting contemporary designers to question the role of design, and ask when applied to tackle environmental issues or medicine - can it save the world? or even our life?

Art Happens is a series of events run by The Art Fund to explore contemporary art and related themes in dynamic debates and discussions featuring well known artists, curators and other experts.

Can Design Save the World? - An Art Fund debate

Monday 10 March
Doors 6.30pm, Talk 7.00pm
Design Museum, Shad Thames, SE1
Nearest tube: Tower Hill
Tickets £12 to include a glass of wine

Design no longer means just colour schemes and corporate logos.  Avant-garde and forward thinking designers are setting their sights no lower than changing the world.  From eco-fashion and 'green' industrial design to architectural solutions to humanitarian crises, today's designers are changing the way we think about design solutions for our future.

Journalist, author, and curator Henrietta Thompson will chair this debate that brings together designers committed to building a better world to discuss their work and the issues they face.  Panel members include maverick designer Ross Lovegrove known for his design of the first Sony Walkman, ecological fashion expert Orsola de Castro, rising star designers &Made and Chris Medland, from Architecture for Humanity-UK.

Can Design Save your Life? - An Art Fund debate

Thursday 29 May
Drinks 6.30pm, Talk 7.00pm
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1
Nearest tube: Euston Square
Tickets £12, includes glass of wine

Achievements and innovation in design are changing, improving and challenging the worlds of medicine, health and well-being.  The debate will explore the ways in which the design and medical worlds intersect and ask whether design really can save your life?

Journalist, author, and curator Henrietta Thompson will chair the debate with panellists Ken Arnold, Head of Public Programmes for Wellcome Collection, who has commissioned displays from some of the best young British designers, Jim Dawton, Director of Pearson Matthews, known for the innovation and development of breakthrough healthcare products who will be joined by other cutting edge design professionals.

Wellcome Collection has been nominated for The Art Fund Prize for museums and galleries 2008, and there will be a chance to visit its three exhibition galleries. 


This event is being held in conjunction with Museum and Galleries Month, the UK-wide celebration of museums and galleries which takes place in May, and whose theme this year is 'Ideas and Innovation'.