Our Twilight Talks about Design began in 2014 and is a series of evening Design Discussions inviting contemporary makers, designers, curators, researchers and thinkers to explore the role and context of design in the Scottish cultural landscape. This is Scotland’s longest running free and independent series of talks devoted to Design.
With this series we have sought to bring together expert speakers and impassioned audiences to highlight how Design can influence our sense of ourselves, our communities, our economy and our environment.
Our commitment is to host key speakers with an international perspective, taking our themes from local to global and back and we have assembled a set of esteemed Panellists with the potential to offer evenings of real expertise and engagement.
Material Innovation and our Circular Economy
What does it mean to design a sustainable Scotland? With speakers well placed to broaden our definitions and outlook, we focus on the circular economy of material and product development. Thursday 14th November 2019
Scotland in Europe: shared Cultures through Design
Celebrating our shared material and object cultures, key speakers help explore a range of platforms on which to nourish Design links with Europe. Thursday 16th January 2020.
Thursday 14th November 6.30 to 8.30pm Dovecot Studio Edinburgh open for viewing from 5.30pm
Design in a sustainable Scotland: how do we walk more lightly on the earth by design and use of materials? With an Expert Panel bringing international perspective to the debate in Scotland, join us to discuss the potential of material, community and the circular economy in designing a sustainable Scotland.
Robin Harper, first Member of the Scottish Parliament to represent the Green Party, opens our Talk.
Lynn Wilson – Circular Economy Consultant on ‘Design and the Circular Economy’
Trish Belford – Senior Research Fellow University of Ulster on ‘Linen Lace Concrete’
John Ferguson – The East Africa Sisal Company Ltd on ‘Sisaltech insulation’
Marnie Collins – Assistant Professor, Textile Design, HWU School of Textiles and Design on ‘Textile and Community’
How do Craft and Design skills define a place? Can Craft and Design tradition enable new Creative Industry? Co-incident with the launch of Our Linen Stories participatory research tour in May 2018, three intriguing speakers with complementary stories representing Scotland, Ireland and The Netherlands joined an expert chair to debate these questions. Introduced by Dr John Ennis, curator Our Linen Stories and producer Journeys in Design.
Paul Simmons of pioneering Glasgow firm Timorous Beasties and emerging independent textile designer Laura Spring discuss their experience of creating thriving studios through design innovation and quality production. Timorous Beasties (deck chair panels) and Laura Spring (picnic hampers) feature in Garden Party exhibition by Gayfield.
Leading Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek, from Eindhoven, talks about the way design thinking can create a more sustainable model of living. Introduced by Amanda Game, independent curator and Creative Adviser, Gayfield. Key works by Piet Hein Eek appear for the first time in Scotland in Garden Party exhibition by Gayfield.
Leading UK architect Richard Murphy OBE and Professor Annie Pollock, Director of Landscape Design and Architecture at the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre discuss the role of landscape design in creating healthy environments. Introduced by Celine Sinclair, Chief Executive of The Yard.
Alan Shaw of the Centre for Advanced Textiles Glasgow School of Art, and Geoffrey Mann Head of Glass at Edinburgh College of Art, discuss the role of digital tools in the development of their design process. Introduced by Josie Steed, Course Leader of Fashion & Textile Design, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
Leading textile curator Lesley Millar inspires on the subject of textile design in different cultures connecting us to both place and memory and Sarah Saunders, Head of Learning and Programmes at V&A Dundee, updates on this exciting new development in the Scottish Design landscape.
The conversation is accompanied by a special display of printed textiles by Professor Norma Starszakowna, innovator and educator in the field of printed textiles, based in Dundee.
Glasgow-based curator Katy West (India Street, Gayfield Summer 2014) and Edinburgh-based Architect Stuart Falconer (GRAS: architects for Gayfield Creative Spaces 2014) explore their experience of working with designers and makers from different cultures and the ways in which design can both create international links and highlight local concerns. The conversation is chaired by Dr John Ennis, Founder, Gayfield Creative Spaces.
Chris Fleet and Anna Feintuck discuss Edinburgh’s cartographic industry, home to world-renowned mapmakers such as John Bartholomew & Son. Old maps of Gayfield itself suggest a bustling hub of light industry and creative manufacture. Learn more about maps of Edinburgh and the tales they tell, as well as those they choose to hide. Chris Fleet is Senior Maps Curator at the National Library of Scotland and Anna Feintuck is PhD researcher for the Mapping Edinburgh’s Social History initiative at University of Edinburgh.
Architect Gunnar Groves-Raines of GRAS presents a series of completed architectural projects as well as more experimental collaborations borne out of the British Council Maker Library Network. University of Strathclyde graduates Gunnar Groves-Raines and Stuart Falconer co-founded GRAS in 2006, an architecture and design studio exploring ideas, materials, techniques and technologies all with making at its heart.
When creatives combine into hubs, their localities can celebrate their emergence and local economies can develop. We can map these collaborative facilities across Scotland and when we ‘join up the dots’ the term ‘creative economy’ starts to make sense as a national resource.
Chaired by Caroline Parkinson, independent Creative Project manager, we hear from Creative Edinburgh’s Janine Matheson and British Council’s Lynsey Smith.
Edinburgh Festival luminaries Richard Demarco and Jim Haynes are joined by emerging talents Marion Preez, Katrina Corbett, Alan Brown, Pauline Sandberg, David Seel and Oana Stanchi, gathering to recollect and plan art and design collaborations. This Gayfield Twilight Talk is presented by Pecha Kucha Edinburgh: curated by Gordon Duffy, sponsored by Studio DuB, supported by New Media Scotland and Gayfield.
Accra, the capital of Ghana is a city transformed by outside investment but one only need scratch the surface to find an ecosystem in crisis.
Renee Neblett, Director of the Kokrobitey Institute in Ghana explores the role of art and design in this context and how local communities understand their environment in relation to the broader world, providing examples from the pioneering work of the Kokrobitey Institute and Design Centre.
This Talk honours the memory of architect and designer Alero Olympio.