Journeys in Design is a series of Exhibitions, Talks, Walks and Workshops exploring where Design meets well-being and sustainable futures, engaging local communities and setting Scotland’s Design talent in context. 

Materiality, object culture, design history and contemporary practice combine to deepen an appreciation of the all that surrounds us, revaluing the everyday, reflecting on our use of resources and linking with like minds around the world.

Our programmes follow three intersecting pathways:

Material World: Choosing a different focus material with each programme, we offer context to Scottish Design talent, drawing on a rich industrial heritage, material innovation, the circular economy and contemporary practice.
Inaugurated 2017 with Our Linen Stories, we encourage an exploration of process, practice and product, forging innovative links across art, design and industry, home and away.

Twilight Talks about Design: Bringing makers, curators and researchers together with engaged audiences to discuss the role of Design in our cultural landscape
Our Talks series began in 2014, the longest running independent series of talks dedicated to design in Scotland.

Making Well: Exploring where mindful design meets well-being for individuals and communities 
Collaborative initiatives inaugurated 2014 drawing on the power of creative thinking and doing and a wealth of related talent in Scotland. Featuring our Walks by Design and Workshops for Well Being.

“Journeys in Design draws on the notion of productive fellowship to enable well-being. Despite unparalleled access to knowledge banks, the collective wisdom we hold in our communities is at risk, so that our ability to meet life’s challenges is reduced. Drawing together through creative activity relating to shared cultures offers some productive fellowship. Whether through exhibition, talks, walks or workshops, the prism of contemporary design can engage both public and practitioners in a virtuous circle, offering agency to individuals and communities with the potential to improve well-being.”
Dr John Ennis, Founder, Journeys in Design.


John Ennis