Unit 1, Deptford Market Yard
4 — 5pm, Fri

South East Makers Club is teaming up with Make Bank to host Creative Poverty: an Active Conversation. We are passionate about the importance of this event which will take place on Friday 13 September and will mark the launch of this years South East Makers Club programme of events.

South East Makers Club’s aim is to shine a light on the work and talents of designers and makers based in the often forgotten corner of South East London. This year we wanted to be certain that we are really adding value to the London Design Festival, using our platform to host Creative Poverty: an Active Conversation seemed important. We have a chance to highlight the very real barriers that exist for many children in the UK in pursuing a creative path, something that certainly affects children in our boroughs. Doing this alongside our strong programme of activities, workshops and exhibitions also demonstrates the multiple career paths available in the creative sector.

South East Makers Club has invited Kirsty Thomas, founder of social project Make Bank, Dee Halligan, Founding Director of From Now On and Co-founder of FixEd and Seetal Solanki, Founder of Ma-tt-er to hold the conversation.

Make Bank is a proactive initiative pulling together the creative industries to tackle the decline in arts education and the lack of financial, material and educational resources needed for creative study. Make Bank is working directly with teachers and provides high quality material kits along with easy-access resources for school children.

FixEd is a think-and-do tank concerned with inspiring and equipping creative, ingenious and generous problem-solvers around the world. FixEd supports educators and organisations to engage and motivate learners through their popular, award-winning learning programmes for schools and universities, including their flagship programme Fixperts. Their research programme connects you to current ideas and approaches and the type of 21st-century skills that young people need.

Ma-tt-er is a research design studio that explores the past, present and future of materials. Working across industry and education we advise and implementing a more responsible use of materials. Most materials have an infinite lifecycle. They can be re-used, reformed and redesigned with a new purpose. By harnessing the unexplored potential of materials we can implement social, economic and political change through a cross sector approach. As well as being the Founder of Ma-tt-er, Seetal is a Visiting Tutor on the Interior Design programme at the Royal College of Art and a Visiting Tutor on Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art School of Communication.

This is an incredibly serious conversation to be having but one that needs to be open and relaxed to enable thoughts and ideas to be freely shared. We have invited a collection of people with expertise, insight, ideas and interest in design, design education, design-led social enterprise, creative studio spaces and employers of designers to bring their unique angle to the table and to join the Active Conversation. But it is important that this is a public conversation too and we welcome those with experience, in any capacity, on the issue of creative poverty to come along and join the conversation.

The talk will be housed in a disused space in the heart of the community on Deptford High Street. Designer-maker and Deptford local Sebastian Cox is generously lending South East Makers Club furniture alongside architecture and design practice, Beep Studio’s new lighting collection.

Reserve your place here.