Talk Auditorium

Restore Talks: Ekow Eshun and Thomas Aquilina

Curator and writer Ekow Eshun in conversation with Design Researcher in Residence Thomas Aquilina.

What to expect

Programmed to celebrate the Design Researchers in Residence: Restore exhibition, this event will see the influential writer, broadcaster and curator Ekow Eshun in conversation with Design Museum resident Thomas Aquilina.

Building on from Ekow's mentorship of Thomas, this discussion will centre on themes of environmental justice, diverse identities and the urban landscape of London that have been percolating in both their work over recent years. In addition, the pair will discuss 'In the Black Fantastic', a new exhibition at the Hayward Gallery curated by Ekow.

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Booking information

Pre-booking required.

Adult: £5

Student/Concession: Free

Members: Free

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Ekow Eshun

Ekow is a writer, curator, journalist and broadcaster. He is the Chairman of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group overseeing London’s most significant public art programme, Creative Director of Calvert 22 Foundation, and former Director of the ICA. He is the author of Black Gold of the Sun: Searching for Home in England and Africa, nominated for the Orwell prize, and the editor of Africa Modern: Creating the Contemporary Art of a Continent.

Thomas Aquilina

Thomas is an architect and academic dedicated to building communities of radical thought and progressive practice. He is a co-director of the New Architecture Writers programme and is a co-founder of publishing collective Afterparti. He holds the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation Fellowship at the London School of Architecture and is an associate lecturer at London Metropolitan University.

Related exhibition

Researchers in Residence: Restore

A free display of design research responding to the climate crisis by this year's Researchers in Residence.

Future Observatory

Future Observatory

The museum's new research unit focusing on the net zero agenda and related environmental issues.

In collaboration with AHRC

Future Observatory is coordinated by the Design Museum in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) which is part of UK Research and Innovation, funding independent researchers in a wide range of subjects from history and archaeology to philosophy and languages, design and effectiveness of digital content and the impact of artificial intelligence.

Background image by Thomas Aquilina; Ekow Eshun portrait by Antonio Olmos.