Ticket Mate Fund

A new pay it forward scheme in partnership with local charities that distributes free exhibition tickets in the local community.

Launched to coincide with the reopening of the museum following the Covid-19 lockdown, this pay it forward scheme is aimed at offering free access to the museum's temporary exhibitions to young people and adults in the local community for whom price might be a barrier to participation - including those most affected by the Coronavirus crisis.

You can contribute to the fund by donating now or as part of your ticket purchases.

The first local charities to partner with the museum are the ClementJames Centre, IntoUniversity in North Kensington, Crisis Skylight East Croydon and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC).

Please get in touch at info@designmuseum.org if you are a charity that would like to get involved.

charity partners

ClementJames Centre

The ClementJames Centre is an award winning charity that empowers the community to release its potential in one of London’s most disadvantaged areas.


IntoUniversity is an award-winning national education charity operating a network of 31 local learning centres and projects in disadvantaged communities across the UK. Since 2002, they have supported over 100,000 young people to achieve at school and beyond, through their holistic programme of Academic Support, mentoring and the aspiration-raising FOCUS programme.

Crisis Skylight East Croydon

Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. They help people directly out of homelessness and campaign for the changes needed to solve it altogether. Crisis Skylight Croydon run a vibrant and popular creative programme where people who are homeless can do workshops in a range of areas including woodwork, furniture design and restoration, carpentry, art, photography, ceramics, sewing and upcycling, poetry, drama and animation to provide future life opportunities. They are currently preparing a housing led Arts for Wellbeing Programme aimed at creatively engaging the 200 people who are leaving emergency hotel accommodation in Croydon, launching 27 July 2020.

The Creative Space at Arlington

The Creative Space is a year-round programme of creative workshops based in Arlington (managed by One Foundation part of One Housing Group) and SPACE. The residents are involved in choosing the programme’s content and use the studio for developing their own work as well as engaging with artist-led projects. It is an Arts Programme that supports those on the homeless pathway scheme in Camden, those who have recently gone onto independent living, as well as some who hear about the project and who have been identified as having been homeless.


Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street

Step up and discover the footwear phenomenon that has challenged performance design, inspired new subcultures and shaken the world of fashion.

Charlotte Perriand: The Art of Living

Discover one of the great furniture designers and architects of the twentieth century whose work was often overshadowed by her male peers, such as Le Corbusier and Jean Prouvé.

Waste Age

Can design help solve the problem of waste? Discover how imaginative new approaches and ingenious new materials could shape a cleaner future.