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    TODAY – Wednesday 24 June 2015 at Stanley Picker Gallery

    Fixperts: Super Salon
    Wednesday 24 June Fix & Repair Drop-In Day / All Welcome
    Thursday 25 June Fixperts Think-Tank Day / RSVP Only

    Day 1: 24 June 11am-6pm is about making, and everyone is welcome!
    Do you have something that’s broken and that needs to be fixed? A hole in your jumper, a broken pair of sunglasses, chipped crockery or a toy that won’t work? Or something that needs to be improved or added to? A better handle for your walking stick, an extra support for the back of a chair, a mud-guard for your bike? If you’re interested in having something fixed or just to find out more about ways you can mend and improve the stuff that’s around you, why not come join us at the Fixperts Super Salon on 24 June between 11am – 6pm at Stanley Picker Gallery.

    There will be a Fixperts A&E for your stuff, ‘how-to-repair’ and ‘making’ demonstrations by their network of expert designers, makers and craftspeople, and our Fix Café will be open all day in the Gallery Lobby with free coffee, tea and pastries too. Plus the screening room will be playing some of our favourite FixFilms and you can find out more about how to get involved in Fixperts.

    You can either book an hour’s slot for some one-to-one attention (email or ring 020 8417 4074) or just drop by for a coffee, chat and a look at the stalls. You are then welcome to join us for our Fixperts Drinks Reception from 6pm.

    Day 2: 25 June 11am-5pm is about talking, an RSVP-only
    Think-Tank that brings together organisers and participants from Fixperts to present and share their experience; and begin to map out why it works and how we can make it better. If you would like to participate in this event please email Julia Jarvis. – See more at:

    About Fixperts
    Fixperts is about fixing for someone. It is a creative social platform and education project that encourages people who are good at making and repair to work with people to find solutions for things or situations they can’t fix for themselves. Fixperts sets out to make an immediate difference to peoples’ lives by applying creative skills to solve problems; the Fixperts network and online platform is about sharing that knowledge and insight, and inspiring others to do the same. The programme harnesses the imagination and skills of the next generation to make with a purpose.

    For more information and to view FixFilms of past projects please visit


    The Platform Gallery
    Knights Park Campus
    Kingston University
    until Saturday 20th June 2015

    As part of Kingston University’s Research Week, this exhibition offers a brief insight into current and ongoing research being undertaken by PhD researchers within the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Kingston University.

    It features a diverse range of approaches, topics and disciplines embraced by researchers based at Knights Park and elsewhere, linked to the Faculty’s research centres – The Centre for Research through Design, the Contemporary Art Research Centre, the Modern Interiors Research Centre, and the Visual and Material Culture Research Centre.

    It presents work from PhD students at varying stages of their projects – from first year students beginning their investigations to those writing up their final theses in preparation for the Viva voce. Much of the work exhibited is interim, conditional, exploratory research, giving us a unique glimpse of PhD research processes.

    As is evident from the broad range of exhibits, FADA PhD research appears in many forms and guises and traverses a rich variety of routes; trodden and emerging. Diversity is not only encouraged but celebrated. Each approach is valid; each discovers its own inherent truth about art, design and histories – and intersects across a myriad of disciplines.

    The exhibition features contributions by:
    Benjamin Angwin, CARC Research Group, Jack Champ, Kevin Dowd, Rachel Fuller, Sarah Hayward, LDoc Student Group, Ninela Ivanova, Patrick O’Shea, Alex Reynolds, Hannah Rollings, Annalisa Sonzogni, Stephanie Stroh, Eliza Tan, Jane Wildgoose, Esther Windsor.

    Curated by Benjamin Angwin and Robert Knifton.

    Thanks to Ezzidin Alwan, Beverly Ayling-Smith, Joanns Buncelmans, Tom Exley, Andy Haslam, Monika Jastrzebska, Fran Lloyd, Alex Reynolds, Nicola Salliss, Alice Stewart, Tat Whalley, Dennise Yue.

    Image by Annalisa Sonzogni.


    LDoc Keynote: Prof Rachel Cooper, 18 June 2015, RCA, London

    The London Doctoral Design Centre (LDoc) is delighted to invite you to its third Keynote Lecture. Professor Rachel Cooper of Lancaster University will be speaking at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Campus on 18 June from 6.30pm.  The Lecture will be of interest to design postgraduates in particular.   You are warmly invited to join us for refreshments afterwards.

    Registration is required for entry to the lecture Register here

    Rachel Cooper OBE is Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University, where she is also Chair of the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts and co-Director of ImaginationLancaster – an open and exploratory design-led research centre, conducting research into people, products, places and their interactions.

    Her topic is Design for Growth and Prosperity: the Role of Design Research.  The global challenges that face contemporary society are as great as ever, climate change, demographics, ageing populations in the west, poverty and unemployment amongst the young, social cohesion, and the movement of everything. What can design and design research contribute to these challenges? Designers both contribute to the problems but can also provide solutions. There is a broader role design can play in shaping society and business, co-design and public involvement. Design is an enabler, helping to unlock latent creativity, developing solutions to problems and shaping the future. Design research no longer resides in silos of disciplines such as product design, graphic design, it moves across boundaries to address Issues such as sustainability, wellbeing and health, as well as all aspects of innovation. Design research does not operate in isolation, in conjunction with science and social science there are significant opportunities to address global challenges. This presentation will address some of these issues with examples of current research.