Design for Life is a project by designer Stuart Walker, which includes an exhibition of his propositional objects; the development of a new performance piece; a public forum discussing the roots of sustainability; and The Tastes of Sustainability, a series of workshops with children from Coniston Primary School, lead by artist Mike Chavez-Dawson exploring future food sustainability.
The exhibition which takes place at Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin, presents objects and words that challenge our conventions and offer hope for a more meaningful future. It looks at the inner journey and its effects on our attitudes and actions as well as on creativity and solitude. Blurring the boundaries between art and design, the objects raise fundamental questions about the modern condition. Collectively they show why urgent change is needed not only for social good and environmental care but also to counter the anxiety and meaninglessness created by our distracted lifestyles. Through humour, satire and pathos the works elicit surprise, disquiet and reflection.
These contemporary ideas and speculative objects resonate strongly with John Ruskin’s thoughts on ethical work, social welfare and environmental responsibility and so it is particularly apt for this exhibition to be hosted at Brantwood, Ruskin’s former home overlooking Coniston Water, Cumbria. During the public forum, Director of Brantwood Howard Hull, will give a talk focusing on the relationship between Stuart Walkers design practice and Ruskin's ideologies.
Design for Life is supported by Arts Council England, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts and Brantwood and is curated, produced and managed by Suzy Jones (www.suzyjones.co.uk)