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Drug of Art – mental health and art project

I am really excited to announce a new project which the Michael Aldrich Foundation is launching. We are working with artist and University of Brighton alumna Alison Lapper and Victoria Holden, an independent producer from Chalk Productions on The Drug of Art which aims to improve mental health in young people through making art. Building on our

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

A Sympathetic Eye – Grace Robertson

We were very sad to hear about the death of pioneering photographer & proto feminist Grace Robertson. Grace Robertson was born in Manchester in 1930 and brought up in the Lake District and Surrey. She began her career as a freelance journalist contributing often to the Picture Post and then later to the British picture

Alison Lapper – new exhibition focussing on mental health

I have been very fortunate to be working recently with the remarkable artist, Alison Lapper OBE on the Enable project with Jem Ryan at the University of Brighton. Alison has an upcoming exhibition - "Out of our Minds" - at the Hackney Picture House in Mare Street this month where alongside artists Albert Laszlo Haines

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Enayball – helping wheelchair users get creative

This week I had the pleasure of meeting up again with Designing for the Future alumni, Eli Heath and Pete Barr now Designers in Residence at the University of Brighton where they are developing their idea for a tool to help wheelchair users express themselves creatively. Enayball is a painting device which transforms wheelchairs into

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

DFF alumna opens gallery shop in Worthing

It's always exciting to see how the careers of our Designing for the Future students evolve. Last week I was delighted to be invited to attend the opening of Hanna Mawbey's new shop in Worthing, West Sussex. Heavy Gretel is a new gallery shop selling Craft, Design and Art by independent makers, several of whom are

Launch of Brighton Centre for Contemporary Art

On Saturday 19 October 2019, the University of Brighton launches the Brighton Centre for Contemporary Art at the galleries and theatre in Grand Parade with a programme of world class exhibitions, events, artists' projects and practice based research. There will be exhibitions from Franz Erhard Walther and Dog Kennel Hill Project, You Can Probably Turn This Into Something

Music Memory Box on Kickstarter

We are so excited to see Music Memory Box finally on Kickstarter! Music Memory Box originated in our Designing for the Future project at the University of Brighton in which designer Chloe Meineck took part back in 2011. Eight years and lots of research, prototyping, dedication and energy later, the Music Memory Box is now

“Enabled” moves to Dragons Den

The new "Enabled" module at University of Brighton moved to the Dragons Den stage last week when Alison Lapper MBE and I acted as the panel quizzing the 3D Design & Craft students on their projects. The ideas were interesting and wide ranging from edible prosthetics to using proprioception research to develop products to help