Bridging the Divide

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15 Mar 2014

9.30am to 1pm

Bridging the Divide is a one-day symposium at Central Saint Martins that examines how designers develop and apply design methodologies for cross-disciplinary practice in cross-cultural contexts. 
Facilitated by an AHRC Collaborative Skills Development Award and centred around the practice-based research exhibition, The Craft of Ubuntu: An Exploration of Collaboration through Making, the morning brings together key practitioners in the area of design and craft collaboration in Africa to present and discuss developing and applying design research methodologies in different cultural contexts successfully and sustainably. The discourse will centre on: 
- The success, and importantly, the failure of such partnerships;
- The politics of working together;
- Negotiating collaboration across disciplinary and cultural borders;
- What might future collaborations look like?
The Craft of Ubuntu exhibition is being shown in Cape Town and London as part of the World Design Capital 2014 (WDC2014) official programme. 
The speakers include guests from WDC2014 Cape Town: Professor Mugendi M'Rithaa from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South African ceramicist Andile Dyalvane, Dr Katherine Ladd (University of Brighton), Dr Kirsten Scott (RCA) and Sarah Rhodes (CSM). 
In the afternoon, the speakers will facilitate a workshop for 25 research students from Kingston University, Royal Collage of Art and the University of the Arts London, exploring themes emerging from the morning talks and culminating in a round table discussion chaired by John Ballyn (Independent Design Consultant).

The symposium is free to attend, but please RSVP to secure your place (numbers are limited). RSVP to

You can follow the Bridging the Divide symposium on Twitter (@craftofubuntu) #bridgingthedivide #WDC682 or via the website:
Bridging the Divide is funded by the AHRC Collaborative Skills Development Scheme and Central Saint Martins Research Department.