Design Heritage Workshops
organized by Victoria and Albert Museum
April 29–May 3, 2019
Design Heritage Workshops were a series of five workshops and interviews co-curated by Michael Spenser, head of the design course at Central Saint Martins (CSM), held in London and at partner institutions across the UK that connected a diverse range of students with leading designers and the archives of their work held at the V&A. These designers were drawn from those who represented the UK at the 1975 and 1979 Prague Quadrennial, including John Bury, Ralph Koltai (a WWII refugee who became one of Britain’s greatest designers), Timothy O’Brien, Tazeena Firth, Alison Chitty, John Napier, Maria Bjonsen, and Paul Brown. The aim of this series was to introduce the students to a variety of wealth of experiences and perspectives, which fed into overarching questions of UK culture and heritage and its expression in the collaborative art of performance. This series also connected students with the work of contemporary creators who are emerging onto the international stage as leading artists. Participants then use their own reflections and explorations to develop entries for the PQ2019 Common Design Project Ubu Roi.