Putting Social Impact at the forefront of Materials Design Talk

The New Materialists

Against the backdrop of our climate change, four ground-breaking designers debate how and why social impact should be an integral focus in material design today.

What to expect

How can a sustainable social outcome be the context for all materials design? How do designers connect social and environmental problems so materials don’t solve one problem but create another? Where will investment and support come from to help sustainable businesses scale fast?

Showcasing four ground-breaking designers, finalists of the Arts Foundation 2020 Award for Social Innovation in Materials Design, our panel of successful social entrepreneurs will debate how and why social impact should be an integral focus in todays’ businesses.

The four designers and expert panellists will be announced together following the judging of the award in September. This event has been instigated by the Arts Foundation’s Materials Evolution Award, supported by the Clothworkers’ Company. It is part of the Arts Foundation Futures Awards (AFFAs).

Carmen Hijosa. 2016 AFFA Finalist. Image of Pinatex Products made from pineapple leaves.

Bethany Williams. 2017 AFFA Finalist. Image from AW19 Adelaide Hous Collection. Photo by Amber Dixon

Booking information

Members: £5
Adult: £12
Student/concession: £8

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Background image | Julia Lohmann. 2014AFFA Finalist. Detail from seaweed installation Oki–Naganode. Image by Petr Krejci