Design For Life – An Exhibition by Stuart Walker at Brantwood

Saturday 16th April 2016 to Monday 6th June 2016 - This event has finished

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Time: 10:30am to 5:00pm
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Town: Nr. Coniston
County: Cumbria
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Design for Life is a new exhibition by contemporary designer Stuart Walker at Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin. Stuart’s designs confront the costs of consumer culture and offer a positive vision that is socially and culturally meaningful, locally relevant and environmentally responsible. Through objects that blur the boundaries between art and design, he invites us to reflect on critical contemporary questions about progress, technology, nature, spirituality and death.
Design for Life takes place in Brantwood's Blue Gallery and throughout the house, aligning Walker’s designs with Ruskin’s philosophy on ethics, work and wealth. Stuart Walker comments: "I am delighted to be presenting this work in such an appropriate context. Ruskin’s philosophy is important to our time and I hope this exhibition may make that connection a little more evident."
A new performance piece, created in collaboration with theatre company, Imitating the Dog, will be performed live during the public opening on Sunday 17th April from 2 to 4pm and presented as a film piece for the duration of the show. This is a new direction in Walker’s practice and a unique example of 'design as performance'.

Design For Life Exhibition

Design for Life also includes a series of workshops with pupils from Coniston Church of England Primary School. The students will be working with artist Mike Chavez-Dawson and Brantwood’s resident chef Simon Boden to create The Tastes of Sustainability, a selection of canapés that take account of future food sustainability and production. The canapés will be served at the Public Forum event on Saturday 14th May, when Stuart Walker will talk about the exhibition, and Howard Hull, Director of Brantwood, will draw connections to the life and writings of John Ruskin. There will be an opportunity for audience members to put questions to an invited panel and to take part in debates and discussions around sustainable principles and design. An online publication will be available towards the end of the exhibition that will include images, video and recipes from the project.
Design for Life is supported by Arts Council England and is curated, managed and produced by Suzy Jones.

10:30am - 5pm  |  House & Gardens Admission £7.50; Child: Free;  Student: £6


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