Speaker Biographies

Bill Amberg

Material Matters
Tuesday 22 June, 11am
In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome,

Material Matters

Guest speakers: Kate Malone, ceramic artist, Bill Amberg, founder of Bill Amberg Studio, and Christopher Day, glass and mixed media artist

Chair: Grant Gibson

Three of the nation’s leading makers discuss the materials that have defined their lives and careers.

Jay Blades

Repair and Care with Jay Blades
Tuesday 22 June, 6pm
Virtual Webinar

Repair and Care with Jay Blades

Guest speaker: Jay Blades

Chair: Grant Gibson

Grant Gibson talks to The Repair Shop presenter, modern furniture restorer, up-cycler, and eco-designer about mentoring, dyslexia, the importance of skill, the need for diversity in design, and his extraordinary life.

Simone Brewster

The Collecting Habit
Thursday 24 June, 11am
In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

The Collecting Habit

Guest speakers: Marijke Varrall-Jones, founding director of Maak, Corinne Julius, curator, journalist, critic and broadcaster, Simone Brewster, artist and designer, and Lucy Swift, curator at Cluster London

Chair: Grant Gibson

Why do we place value on certain objects and not others? How is the market for craft shifting? And how can makers and galleries find a new generation of collectors? Oh and how on earth do you start creating a collection in the first instance? Have these (and other questions) answered.

 

Alberto Cavalli

Stuff and Sustainability
Thursday 24 June, 6pm
In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

Stuff and Sustainability

Guest speaker: Alberto Cavalli, executive director of the Michelangelo Foundation

Chair: Grant Gibson

Grant Gibson discusses the relationship between making and the environment with the Michelangelo Foundation executive director. Is craft really the answer to a more sustainable future? And can it help create real change?

Mac Collins

Redefining Beauty
Tuesday 22 June, 3pm
In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

Redefining Beauty

Guest speakers: Annie Warburton, CEO of Cockpit Arts, Rachel Dickson, dean of Academic Programmes at Central Saint Martins for the fashion, jewellery textiles and materials, product, ceramic and industrial design, and Mac Collins, designer and maker

Chair: Grant Gibson

As the world reels from the pandemic, this talk asks how important beauty really is to our lives? Can an object be beautiful without being sustainable and ethical? And what might the maker’s role be in an economy with shifting priorities?

Sebastian Cox

But Is It Art?
Wednesday 23 June, 3pm
In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

But Is It Art?

Guest speakers: Emma Crichton-Miller, journalist and editor of The Design Edit, Johnny Messum, founder of Messums Wiltshire, and Sebastian Cox, furniture designer, maker and environmentalist

Chair: Grant Gibson

Craft has traditionally been seen as the poor relation to fine art and design. But is this hierarchy still relevant? Or are things about to change?

 

Emma Crichton-Miller

But Is It Art?
Wednesday 23 June, 3pm
In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

But Is It Art?

Guest speakers: Emma Crichton-Miller, journalist and editor of The Design Edit, Johnny Messum, founder of Messums Wiltshire, and Sebastian Cox, furniture designer, maker and environmentalist

Chair: Grant Gibson

Craft has traditionally been seen as the poor relation to fine art and design. But is this hierarchy still relevant? Or are things about to change?

Rayvenn D’Clark

Form Made From – The Next Generation
Thursday 24 June, 3pm
In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

Form Made From – The Next Generation

Host: Brian Kennedy, independent curator

Guest speakers: Charlotte Kidger, Dalia James, Eusebio Sanchez, Rayvenn D’Clark and Mitch Pilkington

A series of quick-fire presentations from a fistful of up-and-coming designers and makers featured in the Form Made From installation. Find the next wave of craft talent here.

Rachel Dickson

Redefining Beauty
Tuesday 22 June, 3pm
In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

Redefining Beauty

Guest speakers: Annie Warburton, CEO of Cockpit Arts, Rachel Dickson, dean of Academic Programmes at Central Saint Martins for the fashion, jewellery textiles and materials, product, ceramic and industrial design, and Mac Collins, designer and maker

Chair: Grant Gibson

As the world reels from the pandemic, this talk asks how important beauty really is to our lives? Can an object be beautiful without being sustainable and ethical? And what might the maker’s role be in an economy with shifting priorities?

 

Grant Gibson

In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

Grant Gibson is a UK-based design, craft and architecture writer and podcaster whose work has been published in places like The Observer, New Statesman, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, FRAME, Dwell, House & Garden and quite a few others.

Grant has been editor of Blueprint, deputy editor of FX, and acting executive editor of the RIBA Journal. More recently, he was editor of Crafts and a contributing editor to the Dutch architecture title MARK. In 2019, he launched the award-winning podcast Material Matters with Grant Gibson.

Dalia James

Form Made From – The Next Generation
Thursday 24 June, 3pm
In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

Form Made From – The Next Generation

Host: Brian Kennedy, independent curator

Guest speakers: Charlotte Kidger, Dalia James, Eusebio Sanchez, Rayvenn D’Clark and Mitch Pilkington

A series of quick-fire presentations from a fistful of up-and-coming designers and makers featured in the Form Made From installation. Find the next wave of craft talent here.

Corinne Julius

The Collecting Habit
Thursday 24 June, 11am
In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

The Collecting Habit

Guest speakers: Marijke Varrall-Jones, founding director of Maak, Corinne Julius, curator, journalist, critic and broadcaster, Simone Brewster, artist and designer, and Lucy Swift, curator at Cluster London

Chair: Grant Gibson

Why do we place value on certain objects and not others? How is the market for craft shifting? And how can makers and galleries find a new generation of collectors? Oh and how on earth do you start creating a collection in the first instance? Have these (and other questions) answered.

 

Brian Kennedy

Form Made From – The Next Generation
Thursday 24 June, 3pm
In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

Form Made From – The Next Generation

Host: Brian Kennedy, independent curator

Guest speakers: Charlotte Kidger, Dalia James, Eusebio Sanchez, Rayvenn D’Clark and Mitch Pilkington

A series of quick-fire presentations from a fistful of up-and-coming designers and makers featured in the Form Made From installation. Find the next wave of craft talent here.

Charlotte Kidger

Form Made From – The Next Generation
Thursday 24 June, 3pm
In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

Form Made From – The Next Generation

Host: Brian Kennedy, independent curator

Guest speakers: Charlotte Kidger, Dalia James, Eusebio Sanchez, Rayvenn D’Clark and Mitch Pilkington

A series of quick-fire presentations from a fistful of up-and-coming designers and makers featured in the Form Made From installation. Find the next wave of craft talent here.

Kate Malone MBE

Material Matters
Tuesday 22 June, 11am
In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

Material Matters

Guest speakers: Kate Malone, ceramic artist, Bill Amberg, founder of Bill Amberg Studio, and Christopher Day, glass and mixed media artist

Chair: Grant Gibson

Three of the nation’s leading makers discuss the materials that have defined their lives and careers.

Shiro Muchiri

Galleries of The Future
Wednesday 23 June, 11am
In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

Galleries of The Future

Speakers: Peter Ting, co-founder of Ting-Ying Gallery, Shiro Muchiri, founder and creative director of SoShiro, and Nazy Vassegh, founder of Eye of the Collector

Chair: Grant Gibson

How will the turmoil of the past few years – from Brexit to COVID, via the Me Too movement and the rise of Black Lives Matter – change the art market? Has our recent reliance on digital technology (and Zoom, in particular) changed our relationship to physical work? And if so, what might galleries of the future look like?

Mitch Pilkington

Form Made From – The Next Generation
Thursday 24 June, 3pm
In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

Form Made From – The Next Generation

Host: Brian Kennedy, independent curator

Guest speakers: Charlotte Kidger, Dalia James, Eusebio Sanchez, Rayvenn D’Clark and Mitch Pilkington

A series of quick-fire presentations from a fistful of up-and-coming designers and makers featured in the Form Made From installation. Find the next wave of craft talent here.

Eusebio Sanchez

Form Made From – The Next Generation
Thursday 24 June, 3pm
In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

Form Made From – The Next Generation

Host: Brian Kennedy, independent curator

Guest speakers: Charlotte Kidger, Dalia James, Eusebio Sanchez, Rayvenn D’Clark and Mitch Pilkington

A series of quick-fire presentations from a fistful of up-and-coming designers and makers featured in the Form Made From installation. Find the next wave of craft talent here.

Lucy Swift

The Collecting Habit
Thursday 24 June, 11am
In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

The Collecting Habit

Guest speakers: Marijke Varrall-Jones, founding director of Maak, Corinne Julius, curator, journalist, critic and broadcaster, Simone Brewster, artist and designer, and Lucy Swift, curator at Cluster London

Chair: Grant Gibson

Why do we place value on certain objects and not others? How is the market for craft shifting? And how can makers and galleries find a new generation of collectors? Oh and how on earth do you start creating a collection in the first instance? Have these (and other questions) answered.

Peter Ting

Galleries of The Future
Wednesday 23 June, 11am
In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

Galleries of The Future

Speakers: Peter Ting, co-founder of Ting-Ying Gallery, Shiro Muchiri, founder and creative director of SoShiro, and Nazy Vassegh, founder of Eye of the Collector

Chair: Grant Gibson

How will the turmoil of the past few years – from Brexit to COVID, via the Me Too movement and the rise of Black Lives Matter – change the art market? Has our recent reliance on digital technology (and Zoom, in particular) changed our relationship to physical work? And if so, what might galleries of the future look like?

Marijke Varrall-Jones

The Collecting Habit
Thursday 24 June, 11am
In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

The Collecting Habit

Guest speakers: Marijke Varrall-Jones, founding director of Maak, Corinne Julius, curator, journalist, critic and broadcaster, Simone Brewster, artist and designer, and Lucy Swift, curator at Cluster London

Chair: Grant Gibson

Why do we place value on certain objects and not others? How is the market for craft shifting? And how can makers and galleries find a new generation of collectors? Oh and how on earth do you start creating a collection in the first instance? Have these (and other questions) answered.

Nazy Vassegh

Galleries of The Future
Wednesday 23 June, 11am
In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

Galleries of The Future

Speakers: Peter Ting, co-founder of Ting-Ying Gallery, Shiro Muchiri, founder and creative director of SoShiro, and Nazy Vassegh, founder of Eye of the Collector

Chair: Grant Gibson

How will the turmoil of the past few years – from Brexit to COVID, via the Me Too movement and the rise of Black Lives Matter – change the art market? Has our recent reliance on digital technology (and Zoom, in particular) changed our relationship to physical work? And if so, what might galleries of the future look like?

Annie Warburton

Redefining Beauty
Tuesday 22 June, 3pm
In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

Redefining Beauty

Guest speakers: Annie Warburton, CEO of Cockpit Arts, Rachel Dickson, dean of Academic Programmes at Central Saint Martins for the fashion, jewellery textiles and materials, product, ceramic and industrial design, and Mac Collins, designer and maker

Chair: Grant Gibson

As the world reels from the pandemic, this talk asks how important beauty really is to our lives? Can an object be beautiful without being sustainable and ethical? And what might the maker’s role be in an economy with shifting priorities?