Design Connections: the best of the London Design Festival

Established in 2003, the London Design Festival is one of the world's most important annual design events. The Festival is both a cultural and a commercial event and includes over 400 events and exhibitions staged by hundreds of partner organisations across the design spectrum and from around the world. 

The British Council's annual design industry networking programme, Design Connections, offers directors and curators from design museums, centres and festivals around the world an inspiring and immersive introduction to the best of the London Design Festival.

Curated by our architecture, design and fashion department, the programme connects international leaders in design to key UK designers and organisations, paving the way for new global connections and collaborations between some of the world’s leading institutions.

The 2016 programme takes place between 19-23 September and reflects the breadth and diversity of the UK design sector.  Design Connections has a focus on practitioners who pioneer new approaches to creating and the design professionals who support them. The programme includes meetings with senior staff members of prominent galleries and museums, private studio visits with both emerging and established design practitioners as well key networking opportunities with international industry counterparts. 

This year, we will be supporting Janson Hews, Head of Programs at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, to attend Design Connections.

Janson has managed public programming at various Museums across Australia and the UK. In his current role as Head of Programs he is responsible for public programming at the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, including directing three city-wide Festivals; Sydney Science Festival, Sydney Design Festival and the Sydney Mini Maker Faire. Prior to this he was Schools Manager at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, where he oversaw programming for the Sackler Centre for Arts Education.

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences is Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. The Museum is uniquely placed to demonstrate how technology, engineering, science and design impact Australia and the world. Internationally, MAAS is acknowledged for the calibre of its collection, scholarship and exhibitions.