On the Radar Salon: Be Seen! Get Heard!

Saturday 24 November, 11.00 - 18.00

Join Design Museum Curator at Large, Ameena M. McConnell and guest industry speakers as they discuss representation, visibility and leadership across design and other creative sectors. This salon creates the space for your voice, views and opinions to be heard, connecting the museum to the vibrant and diverse voices of the wider creative and design communities.


Ameena M. McConnell

This Salon was curated by Ameena M. McConnell, Curator at large of the Design Museum with support from Arts Council England’s Change Makers fund.

Design Question Time

11:00 - 12:30

Every human wants to see themselves represented authentically in the world. How can we meet this need? Presentations exploring representation, visibility and leadership across design and other creative sectors. Led by Ameena M. McConnell, Curator at Large & Change Maker associate, she is joined by Deyan Sudjic, Director, Design Museum and Simon Frederick, photographer & filmmaker who uses his lens to make visible the voice and body of achievement by black British figures from the world of politics, culture, art, science and business.

Followed by discussion and Q&A.

Simon Frederick

Be Seen! Get Heard! : DC Takeover

13:00 - 14:30

The design community (DC) take over the space with presentations inspired by the Pecha Keucha format. A unique opportunity for designers at different stages of their career to be seen and have their voice heard through showcasing their work at the Design Museum. Followed by discussion led by Art Council England’s Abid Hussain, Director of Diversity joined by Josephine Chanter, Director of Audiences for the Design Museum.

Dean Chalkley & Harris Elliott

Rudeboy Shockout! + Book Launch

15:00 - 16:30

Dean Chalkley, photographer/filmmaker and Harris Elliott, fashion polymath / creative director jointly created and curated the Return of the Rudeboy exhibition at Somerset House, London, 2014. The exhibition examined the sartorial swagger of 60 individuals.

Their presentation followed by a discussion, looks at the influence of the Rudeboy movement and why it remains a vital and dynamic element of contemporary British fashion, style, design history and culture brought to Britain’s shores by the West Indian community who were called to rebuild postwar Britain. Followed by an in-store launch + signing of their Return of the Rudeboy book.

Networking & Close

16:30 - 18:00