Design and Democracy Exhibition: Co curated by Robert Gillan, Libby Purvis and Mike Press.

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More than 22,000 people have visited the Scottish Parliament’s ‘Design and Democracy’ exhibition since it opened in December.

Design and Democracy presents in Parliament the work of recently graduated designers from Scotland’s renowned art schools. Whether they are designing for health, sustainability or are advocates of co-design, their concepts demonstrate the positive role that design can play in our everyday lives.
The exhibition is the result of a unique partnership between Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Edinburgh College of Art, Gray’s School of Art, The Glasgow School of Art and the Scottish Parliament.

The exhibition brings together works by new graduates from Scotland’s four renowned art schools. The selected exhibits showcase how inspired design can be both life-enhancing and creative.
The featured designers have come up with products that include edible food packaging, a mental-health toolkit, a nutrition abacus along with fashion design and photographic essays.
Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick MSP said: “Our desire to display the best of Scotland’s new creative talent has resulted in a varied and fascinating exhibition that has resonated with visitors.
"The themes of the exhibition, exploring how design can inspire positive change in areas such as health, well-being, society and sustainability, reflect the ideals of the Scottish Parliament.
“During the Year of Creative Scotland, the Design & Democracy exhibition demonstrates the huge contribution that our art schools and colleges make to Scotland’s strong reputation for innovation and insightful design.”
The exhibition is the first to combine works from all four of Scotland’s art schools:
• Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee
• Edinburgh College of Art
• Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen
• The Glasgow School of Art.
Exhibition themes include:
• designing for sustainability
• designing for health and well-being
• the impact of good visual communication.
It is housed within the Parliament’s Main Hall and runs until Friday 23 March 2012. It is the longest-running exhibition ever to be held at the Parliament and is supported by Creative Scotland.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherScottish Parliament
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


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