Making Futures is a biennial college-led international conference and research platform exploring the future of small-scale creative production.
The conference draws in an international audience of academics and creative practitioners and investigates contemporary craft and maker movements as ‘change agents’ in 21st century society, particularly in relation to global sustainability agendas, social entrepreneurialism and community regeneration.
Convinced of the transformative potential of small-scale making and its capacity to contribute to new progressive futures, Making Futures seeks to situate these material cultures at the centre of the critical issue facing global society: how we move beyond the reductive instrumentalism of ‘homo-economicus’ and mass consumption, towards political economies capable of valuing our needs for social well being and resilient communities, whilst also incorporating concerns for non-human natures.
The 2019 edition of the biennial Making Futures international research conference is titled: People, Place, Meaning: Crafting Social Worlds & Social Making.
- Tomas Diez - a Venezuelan Urbanist specialized in digital fabrication and its implications on the future cities and society.
- Amneh Shaikh Farooqui - co-founder of Polly and Other Stories, leads a not-for-profit organisation called the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Institute and is a founding curatorial member for the Women of the World festival in Karachi.
- Matthew Raw - a ceramics artist, a founding member of the Manifold Studio in Hoxton, and winner of the Jerwood Prize 2014.
- Lisa Simpson - operates Agente Costura as part of the maker ecology of fashion designer-makers in the Neukölln district of Berlin.
- Cameron Tonkinwise - the Professor of Design Studies at the University of Technology Sydney, and the Director of UTS Design Innovation Research Centre.
Workshops and Thematic sessions:
- Crafting Value, Social Making: A Way of Contributing to the World
- Sourcing Craft Materials in the 21st Century
- Making & Leading: Diverse Futures
- (Re)making meaning – valorization in a wasteful world
- Digital Platforms: Collaborative Distributed Design & Micro Manufacturing
- Encounters and Translations Across Local-Global Divides
- Making Thinking – Crafting Education
The conference will be held on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 September 2019 at Plymouth College of Art. As part of Making Futures, Plymouth College of Art will also be showcasing artist Matthew Raw's work with an exhibition in The Gallery.
Titled Tactile Change, the exhibition will showcase a new participatory, collaborative project by Matthew Raw, in collaboration with Plymouth School of Creative Arts, Plymouth College of Art and The Box. The exhibition opening event will take place on Thursday 19 September from 5pm-7pm, and it will be open to the public from Friday 20 September - Saturday 16 November. See full details here.
Full details for Making Futures can be found on the conference website here.
What: Making Futures 2019
When: Thursday 19 and Friday 20 September 2019
Where: Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, Plymouth, PL4 8AT