The graduate and student guide to the London Design Festival

Arts Thread members at Designersblock at last year's London Design Festival

With London Design Festival fast approaching (bookmark your diaries for September 17-25 2016), Arts Thread, the online platform for new creatives that I co-founded, is running a series of free talks, workshops and portfolio reviews, designed to help the city’s emerging talent.

Our talks will mix practical advice, support, and inspiration geared towards helping student and graduates find their way and make a lasting impact in the design world. The talks are useful for both student entrepreneurs and those looking for employment in the design world.

Arts Thread portfolio reviews at New Designers 2016

Arts Thread portfolio reviews at New Designers 2016


In advance of the festival, from September 15th, we’re working with the show Designersblock  for the Creative Matters event, delivering advice and support for new talent. The event will be held at OXO Tower Wharf building, part of the new Bankside Design District.

Then, over the weekend of September 17-18, Arts Thread will be running on site portfolio reviews, a workshop on how to craft engaging press releases and artist bios, a workshop on honing a successful social media strategy, as well as being involved in projects teaching new creatives the best use of photography and imagery to promote their work.


Student guide to London Design Festival: Arts Thread offers free talks for students and graudates

ARTS THREAD’s graduate member designers will also have their work on show at the main Designersblock event, taking place September 22-25 at the same venue. See the first draft of exhibitors here. In addition to Arts Thread, look out for exhibitions and events by London’s art and design schools, including Central Saint Martins UAL, Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths Design Department and The Cass.

Arts Thread members at Designersblock at London Design Festival 2015

Arts Thread members at Designersblock at London Design Festival 2015

If that’s not enough, we’ve also teamed up with London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, which has been collaborating with the festival for seven years now and is the venue for a wide raft of exhibitions and events spanning the whole eleven days of LDF. Arts Thread will be holding two talks and workshops on September 23 as part of that day’s Working in Design programme, that also includes a masterclass with Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola and a talk with Benjamin Hubert of design agency LAYER and Oliver Grabes, head of design at Braun.

The Arts Thread free, drop-in talks are:

Thinking of studying design? Learn how the festival can help your career choices’: Get to know how the designers showing at London Design Festival started in the creative industry. Learn how to make the most of the festival events to understand more about the different specialisms of design to help you in your career choices.’

‘A recent graduate? How to market yourself digitally on zero budget’ : Our team of journalists will give a talk and workshop to teach you how to market yourself and your new creative business through blogs, newsletters, and social media, to promote what you do to a wider audience.

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