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’ within 21st-century society – particularly in relation to sustainability, social entrepreneurialism, and community regeneration.
Building upon many of the themes running through its four previous editions Making Futures: Crafting a sustainable Modernity will explore what it means ‘to make’ and its future significations - personally, socially, its possible impact on sustainable agendas, its relation to new technologies, it's possible subversion of mass consumption and potential contribution to the emergence of new political economies capable of valuing our needs for social well being and resilient communities that incorporate concerns for human non-human natures alike.
Glenn Adamson – Senior Scholar, Yale Center for British Art, USA
Anthony Tovey – Industrial Sculptor, UK, in conversation with Keith Harrison, Artist-Maker, UK
Katie Schwab – Artist, UK
Sarah Mann – Director of Architecture, Design, Fashion, The British Council, UK
Dr Bastian Lange – Director of MultipliCities, creative industry & urban development consultancy, Berlin, Germany
Thematic Sessions & Workshops:
Crafting in Industry: in conjunction with the Royal College of Art
The Well Maker Space: in conjunction with Community21, University of Brighton and University of Wolverhampton
Making Leaders (Innovation & Change): in conjunction with CraftNet
The conference was held on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 September 2017 in the magnificently sited Mount Edgcumbe house on the River Tamar opposite the city of Plymouth, Devon, UK.
Full details can be found on the conference website here.