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Look back on talented alumni from University of Brighton

I have been very fortunate over the years to meet and work with the talented students from the University of Brighton’s excellent 3D Design & Craft and product design degrees. The first ever winner of the Designing for the Future competition in 2010 was Harry Trimble. Then a second year student, Harry was immediately impressive

New website for online shopping archive

For the past 18 months, I have been working with Designing for the Future, alumnus, Pete Barr, on refreshing the website for the Michael Aldrich Archive.My father, Michael Aldrich (for whom the Michael Aldrich Foundation is named) was a pioneer of online shopping in the 1980s before the internet was born.He worked in the Information Technology

Image of the Week video for International Festival of Learning

Following the success of our Image of the Week project over lockdown, we are excited to share this fabulous video made by Marcelo Staricoff, founder of JONK and MAF trustee for the International Festival of Learning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtmkhkkbtbE The Image of the Week also features in Marcelo's new book, The Joy of Not Knowing, which is

Inaugural exhibition for Image of the Week artist

One of the most popular works in our Image of the Week arts project, was this wonderful photograph, Seascape 2001 11 by Steve Gallagher. And it was fantastic to see it take its place as part of Steve's inaugural exhibition at his studio in Worthing. Steve Gallagher is an American Photographer and Graphic Designer whose been

2019 – Exciting year for DFF and MAF artists & makers

Our Designing for the Future and Michael Aldrich Foundation artists and makers had an exceptional year in 2019: Brighton artist and ceramist Jack Durling, has had work stocked at galleries in Hove and London, completed an amazing collaborative art project with Blind Veterans UK, exhibited at Designer | Maker | Artist | Poet and at

Designer | Maker | Artist | Poet

Last month, arts education charity,  the Michael Aldrich Foundation, ran its first community event at Grand Parade, University of Brighton with a focus on creative careers. Beginning with a specially curated exhibition of the Aldrich Collection of art and design, the event showcased the work of four emerging creatives - Artist Jack Durling, Maker Eleanor

Recycling plastic with National Saturday Club

As part of my new role with the Michael Aldrich Foundation, last weekend was spent at the Saturday Fashion Club at the University of Brighton turning plastic waste into beautiful fashion  accessories. The Saturday Fashion Club has been running for 12 years and is part of the National Saturday Club founded by designers John and Frances