Ministry partners with UWI’s DCFA to host Design Colloquium

Ministry of Design Flyer [with Min logo]“Design… gains value as it moves from hand to hand; context to context; need to need…”

“… has a tendency to live between things to connect them…  is imagining a future and working toward it with intelligence and cleverness…”

“The designer is tasked to loosely organise and arrange this [movement]…works to ensure this motion is pointed in a direction that leads us toward a desirable future.”

—– Frank Chimero, The Shape of Design

Have you ever given thought to how design impacts your everyday life? What are the most important aspects of design or can none be discounted? As we countdown to the first Design Colloquium & Exhibition to be held in Trinidad & Tobago, we invite you to consider these and other questions?

Hosted by The Visual Arts Unit of the Department of Creative and Festival Arts of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, in partnership with the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism, designers, design educators, and professionals from varied disciplines including design, engineering, architecture, manufacturing among others, will present their views on how a ‘Ministry of Design’ could function, how design can improve ‘governance’ or how design practice can be improved through government intervention.

Across two days, Thursday 28th May and Friday 29th May, 2015 at the Open Campus Auditorium, Gordon Street, St. Augustine , eight panel discussions will discuss this in some detail. A call for papers was issued and responses came in from various design disciplines such as graphic design, engineering, architecture and education and from as as far as Australia.

Focus areas are:

Design and Policy
Design and Government Systems
Design and Small Business
Philosophies grounding design practice
Design Design Standards
Design and Education
Design and Sustainability
Design and Public Projects

The Colloquium will also feature an exhibition highlighting work by design students, alumni and faculty of the Visual Arts Unit of the DCFA, which aims to show the wide scope of the design industry. The event is free, but spaces are limited and the campus community and the general public are invited to register for this event here:

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