Get closer to design

Talks, courses and workshops

See what's new in the museum's inspiring programme of events.

Please check the event details below to find out more.

Course

Surrealism and Design: From Dalí to AI

Join our 3-part online Surrealism Design History course. Find out how Surrealism, an art and literary movement that began in the 1920s, came to shape the designed world.

Adult Workshop

Fashion and Surrealism Workshop: Draping Masterclass

Immerse yourself in the world of Haute Couture through this dynamic one-day draping masterclass which focuses on the playful and often unexpected detailing of Surrealist fashion.

Please note: Tickets are sold out.

Adult Workshop

Workshop: Knit Your Own Balaclava

In this hands-on workshop, learn how to knit your own balaclava and immerse yourself in a knitwear pattern created by designer Peju Obasa.

Screening & Talk

Design on Film: The Lobster

Selected by art director and set designer Shona Heath to celebrate our Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today exhibition, join us for the first in the museum's new film screening and talk series.

Adult Workshop

Workshop: Surrealist Weaving

In this hands-on workshop delivered in partnership with the West Dean College, learn how to create your own Surrealist eye using a range of different weaving techniques.

Young people workshop

Design Camp: Crochet Your Own Phone Pouch

Join a creative workshop and learn to crochet with designer Peju Obasa and learn how to read and follow crochet patterns, practice stitches and basic sewing finishing techniques to create your own phone pouch to wear yourself or give as a gift.

For young people at secondary school, aged 11-14.

Children workshop

Design Camp: Robot Olympics

Join us in a fun workshop to learn how to create robots to compete in various games of the Design Museum’s Olympics using the BBC Micro:Bit.

Suitable for children aged 8–11.

Please note: Tickets are sold out.

Children workshop

Design Camp: Escape from Thunder Island

Hosted by architecture practice Kennedy Woods, join the Design Pirates crew through a series of games and challenges. Build your boat to escape the treacherous Thunder Island using creativity, teamwork and cunning strategy to see all hands to safety... watch out for the sharks!

Suitable for children aged 8–11.

Young people workshop

Design Camp: Surrealist Digital Collage

Join a fun hands-on workshop to learn how to collage images, photographs and your own digital drawings can create hybrid objects, characters and settings inspired by our Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today exhibition.

For young people at secondary school, aged 11-14.

Talk

The Saltzman Prize: Edward Barber in conversation with Marco Campardo

Join us for a special evening with 2023 Ralph Saltzman's Prize winner Marco Campardo in conversation with designer Edward Barber of Barber Osgerby.

Book Launch & Talk

architect, verb: Reinier de Graaf in conversation

Leading architect and author Reinier de Graaf reads from his new book 'architect, verb. The New Language of Building' and is joined by curator Justin McGuirk to discuss the author's quest to rid contemporary architecture of the irrational, incompatible or contradictory expectations weighing on it.

Adult Workshop

Workshop: Compose your own ASMR Soundscapes

Are you a sound and music enthusiast? Join an immersive and creative workshop with sound/performance artist Lou Barnell and musician/sound artist Ian Thompson.

Adult Workshop

International Women’s Day Workshop: Picturing Data

In celebration of International Women’s Day, join designer and author Stefanie Posavec for a data visualisation workshop exploring everyday bias, gender data gaps and how to reveal untold stories of women through compelling graphics.

Please note: This is sold out.

Adult Workshop

The Wisdom Hour: Our Future Selves

Join The Wisdom Hour, a creative space to celebrate positive stories of ageing facilitated by This Age Thing and Design Age Institute.

Talk

Design Luminaries: A Practice for Everyday Life in conversation

Join us for an evening with graphic design studio A Practice for Everyday Life as they talk about their two decades of championing design with conceptual rigour.

Adult Workshop

Design Your Way to Net Zero

Join this one-day introductory decarbonisation workshop for small and medium-sized businesses to discover methods and tools to measure and reduce carbon emissions and learn about innovative design-led net zero solutions.

Talk

Designing for Your Future Self: Happy, healthy and wise

Join experts in design research from Design Age Institute and its partners to debate key discoveries, projects and aspirations for our rapidly ageing society, and explore the market potential of future generations to benefit from longer, healthier and wiser lives.

Free Access Tour

The World of ASMR: Multisensory Tour

Join tour guide Andrew Mashigo for an audio described tour of WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD: The World of ASMR and multisensory workshop for blind and partially sighted visitors.

Talk

Design Luminaries: Superflux in conversation

Join Co-Founder and Creative Director of Superflux, Anab Jain on imagining alternative worlds through speculative design.

For schools

Schools workshops

Sustainable Design Schools Programme

Drawing on our recent exhibition 'Waste Age: What can design do?', these creative, design-led workshops will teach students how to become better-informed consumers and responsible future designers. Enquiry now and bring design to your school.

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