Catherine Ince

Spatial Practices Lecture Series


Thursday 18 February, 6 – 8pm | LVMH Lecture Theatre E003


Catherine Ince is Senior Curator for V&A East, a new museum planned for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Previously Ince was a curator at the Barbican Centre where she produced major survey exhibitions and publications including The World of Charles and Ray Eames (2015) and Bauhaus: Art as Life (2012).
Considering London’s crisis of living by structuring a range of projects and external partnerships that experiment with the provision of an affordable and equitable place to live, the series is not to be missed!


Visit the event page to book your free ticket and to see the full list of lectures talking place.


A+ 100 Years of Visual Communication by Women at CSM

16 February – 23 March | Window Gallery


Celebrate a century of graphic design by female CSM staff and alumni at the Window Gallery’s latest exhibition curated by Ruth Sykes, GCD Associate Lecturer.


Featuring work from over 50 practitioners including Peggy Fortnum, the first illustrator to draw Paddington Bear, Margaret Calkin James, the artist behind those iconic London Underground posters, Freda Lingstrom OBE, the creator of the Flower Pot Men and many more, this is an exhibition aims to be part of the growing movement redressing gender representation in graphic design.


Join us and Studio Aishima in celebrating the opening of this exhibition on Twitter by tweeting the names and images of work by inspiring women graphic designers on Tuesday, 16 February with the hashtag #CelebrateWomen.


The names tweeted on this day and every day until the close of the exhibition on 23 March 2016 will be included in a weekly updated exhibition poster.


Head to the event page for the full details.

Gender Without Borders

All welcome

11 February 6.30 – 8pm | LVMH E002


Professor Shannon Winnubst teaches women’s and gender studies at Ohio State University and is currently visiting Utrecht University. She is author of the book Way too Cool. She presents a lecture entitled ‘An Ethics of Opacity: Fearing Difference in the 21st Century.’ Shannon is a visiting lecturer, representative of the kind of speakers we will invite to present seminars in conjunction with the MA Gender without Borders at Kingston University. Visit the event page to book your free ticket.

Research as Gesture

All welcome 

10 February, 5:30 – 7:30pm | Room D107 


This second workshop in the series of four will approach the idea of the “experimental” in relation to art making and research. This workshop will take the form of a panel discussion with Marq Smith, Tamarin Norwood, Adrian Rifkin and John Seth. Visit the event page to book your free ticket.

Santiago Cirugeda

Spatial Practices Lecture Series


Thursday 11 February, 6 – 8pm | LVMH Lecture Theatre E003


Santiago Cirugeda is an architect and founder of the studio Recetas Urbanas (Urban Recipes). Since 1996, Recetas Urbanas has developed subversive projects in different urban contexts that negotiate between the legal and illegal, demanding that the rules governing city planning undergo an urgent revision.
Considering London’s crisis of living by structuring a range of projects and external partnerships that experiment with the provision of an affordable and equitable place to live, the series is not to be missed!

Visit the event page to book your free ticket and to see the full list of lectures talking place.


Research Through Design 2017 Conference

New Disciplines of Making – Shared Knowledge in Doing

22nd-24th March 2017,

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh UK

Twitter: @RTD2017

1st Call for Submissions

We are excited to invite submissions for the third biennial Research Through Design (RTD) conference to be held in Edinburgh, UK, between the 22nd and 24th of March 2017. RTD supports the dissemination of practice-based research through a novel and experimental conference format, comprising a curated exhibition of design research, accompanied by round-table discussions in ‘Rooms of Interest’. The exhibition will be used as a platform for presenting and demonstrating research processes and outputs, and for generating debate on the role of the design practitioner and their work in a research context. Building on the success of the second RTD conference held in Microsoft Research’s lab in Cambridge in 2015, the third conference, RTD 2017, is to be hosted at the National Museum of Scotland (NMS) in Edinburgh. This promises to be an exciting venue for exploring new and emerging making disciplines, in a sustainably minded and socially aware community of practice. RTD 2017 offers a unique opportunity for conference exhibits to be juxtaposed with traditional curated NMS artefacts and collections, challenging contemporary and future notions of value and expertise.

We invite submissions from researcher-practitioners documenting research through design projects, including descriptions of methods, processes and insights emerging from design inquiry. It is anticipated that this will offer a departure point for rich discussion. Criteria for selection are based on the author’s presentation of artefacts (constituting research process or outcomes) and should be central to their submission. Artefacts will be included in the curated exhibition, and papers should accompany the exhibited artefact in a presentation of ‘research through design’ at the conference. Conference proceedings will be publicly available via Figshare (

Contributions to RTD 2017 may fall under (but are not limited to) the following themes:
Material: Fluidity of Knowledge: What are the new disciplines in making? Ceramics, glass, metalwork, woodwork, textiles, are all long established materials based disciplines in making. New roles for objects and materials, including digital craft and data, are emerging, questioning where knowledge lies in and across the creation process and created outputs. What does this mean for the ‘thingness’ of creations? What does this mean for ownership? What does this mean for citations and referencing of design? How might this new fluidity challenge the ways we work and make? How can we design from, with, and by digital data?
Process: Outcomes of the Unintended: Success and failure are not often assigned equal importance, particularly in risk adverse contexts. However the role of serendipity and the ‘happy accident’ abound in both scientific discovery and creative practices. What is the value of failure? How does this translate into tactics of making? How can we celebrate the beauty of flaws and failure and what do we lose by not failing? What part has risk played in the creative outcome? Does practice make ‘perfect’?
Finishing: States of Completion: New forms of making challenge the concept of ‘uniqueness’ – what makes the ‘perfect’ and where does variation now lie? How are bespoke artefacts situated in our digital, on-demand, open-access world? When and where does the making process finish? How does this sit with the drive towards sustainable design and the circular economy? For this strand we also encourage design outcomes that are incomplete, or where the process has been re-wound.
Meaning: Belonging and Attachment: Nothing is designed in isolation. External factors infiltrate all of our creative processes and responses to situational contexts, consciously or otherwise. Geographical place, history or community all define a locus that influences practice. What are the roles and examples of histories of new making and artefacts? How can histories, presents, and futures be attached to designed items? What does it mean to belong, and how can site specific making afford a sense of attachment to place?
We strongly encourage participation from a wide range of Design disciplines including, but not limited to: Product, Industrial, Interaction, Service, Textile, Ceramics, Jewellery, Fashion, Architecture, Interior, Experience, Film, and those working at the intersection of disciplines such as Human-Computer Interaction or in more emergent fields and practices such as Synthetic Biology.

How to submit to RTD 2017
The submission process is made through the OpenConf system (check website soon for link to submission site, and we will email with the link to you in April) with the deadline for submission of abstracts being the 23rd June 2016. For more details on the process visit

Details of the full conference will follow later in the year.

If you have any questions at this stage please do get in touch.

Best wishes

Jane and the RTD Team

Jane Macdonald
Research Projects Coordinator
Design Informatics / Travel Behaviours Network

University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh College of Art
3rd Floor, Evolution House
78 Westport, Edinburgh, EH1 2LE
Tel: 0131 6515 749

Staging the Archive

13 January – 16 February

Museum and Study Collection, CSM


“Staging the Archive” is an exhibition that aims to challenge new perspectives of displaying the CSM Collection archive. Through the creation of new art works taken from the archive, the exhibition project questions the idea of real object and the reproduction.


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Gender Without Borders


Gender Without Borders

All welcome

3 February 6.30 – 8pm | LVMH E002

Professor Nicola Mai, who teaches in Criminology and Sociology at Kingston University, and is a filmmaker and author of Migration and Social Cohesion in the UK, presents a lecture, ‘Assembling Samira & Travel: queering sexual humanitarianism through experimental ethnographic filmmaking.’ Nick is part of the team teaching on the MA Gender without Borders at Kingston University. Visit the event page to book your free ticket.


The Doctoral Platform at CSM offers PhD candidates the space in which to meet, share research, as well as co-ordinate, curate and participate in a variety of events.

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