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Design as an Attitude: Alice Rawsthorn

In this public talk Alice Rawsthorn explores the role of experimentation in design, arguing that it is now more important than ever, as a new generation of independent, politically engaged designers fulfil László Moholy-Nagy’s belief that “design is an attitude, not a profession.” Presented as part of DESIGN Canberra (7-26 November 2017).


Alice Rawsthorn is an award-winning design critic whose columns for the New York Times are syndicated worldwide.  She is the author of several books on design, including the critically acclaimed Hello World: Where Design Meets Life.  Her next book, A Field Guide to Design, will be published in spring 2018.  Alice speaks on design at important events including TED and the World Economic Forum’s annual meetings in Davos.  Born in Manchester and based in London, she is chair of the board of trustees of Chisenhale Gallery and the contemporary dance group Michael Clark Company, and a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery.  A founding member of the Writers for Liberty campaign, Alice was awarded an OBE for services to design and the arts.


Supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and British Council.


2pm, Saturday 11 November 2017


James O Fairfax Theatre
National Gallery of Australia
Parkes Pl, Parkes
Parkes, ACT 2600

Contact Details:

DESIGN Canberra
02 6262 9333

Photo: Michael Leckie