Inspiring creativity at The Festival of Education

Posted by Sophie Cunningham on August 29 2019

Design Ventura, Expert, Teacher

The Design Ventura team was delighted to take part in the 10th edition of The Festival of Education in June. Set in the grounds of Wellington College, the festival hosted educators, practitioners, politicians and business leaders, to share ideas to help improve education for all. 

Our Design Ventura Stand and our guest speakers

Design Ventura brought an array of design activities and events to the festival to help inspire teachers.

There was a Design Ventura stall, which provided a one-stop shop for information about the project and sold last year’s winning product Active Snap. There was also a Design Ventura exhibition of the past winning products in the V&A Cafe.

Design Ventura Exhibition at the V&A Cafe, Wellington College

On top of this, Design Ventura curated a number of talks about design and creativity. We hosted a panel discussion on ‘Why we need creativity now more than ever‘ led by Sevra Davis, Head of Learning at the Design Museum. The panel included artist and designer Helga Schmid, Global Head of Marketing at Deutsche Bank, Christoph Woermann and London based architects Chris Hildrey and Asif Khan, who had a lively and engaging debate on the topic.

‘Why we need creativity now more than ever’ Panel Discussion

Sebastian Conran delivered a fascinating keynote speech in the BBC Venue about his journey to becoming a designer, entitled ‘Design is not pretty, soft or fluffy‘.

Day 2-Festival of Education at Wellington College, on Fri. 21 June 2019. Photo by Mark Allan

This was all topped off by a Design CPD with Ellen Ferguson, who delivers the Teacher CPD events for Design Ventura. This hands-on workshop included object handling from the Design Museum’s handling collection.

Handling Collection of Objects from the Design CPD

Thank you to everyone who visited our stall and attended our talks and events as part of the Festival of Education, it was a very inspiring start to the summer!