Margate Festival of Design 2022 has now finished.

Thank you to all those who supported and  took part. We hope you enjoyed the sessions you attended, found them inspiring and thought provoking – or just had fun! 

We would be grateful if you would complete our feedback survey to let us know what you thought. This feedback will be invaluable to us, as it will help us with future funding applications and most importantly, help us shape the events for our community. 

Margate Festival of Design:

Design, Society, Nature

Explore the relationship between design, community and environment at the seaside

16th – 25th September 2022

2022 was the debut year of Margate Festival of Design™, an event created by the margate school that explores social and environmental matters through the language of design.

The 2022 programme saw a lively programme of talks, walks, workshops and exhibitions which drew together education, community and industry.

Weekend one focussed on Society
Weekend two focussed on Nature

Additional talks and exhibitions featured in between. The focus was graphic design and a festival for all, with many events free to attend. The hub was at The Margate School supported by other locations in the High Street.

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The Margate School (TMS) is an independent non-for-profit postgraduate art school. TMS redefined the former Woolworths building in Margate’s High Street and has become a hub for innovation and creativity in the town, playing an influential role in the story of Margate’s regeneration.

The School’s theme – Art, Society, Nature guides its socially engaged and sustainability-driven programme, delivered through knowledge sharing, space and facility provision, enabling creative practitioners to realise their potential.

TMS is rooted in community and connects nationally and internationally; reaching out through academic programmes, events, workshops, residencies, guest lectures and exhibitions. Much of the School’s provision is subsidised in support of Margate and its diverse creative and wider communities.

TMS runs a post-graduate portfolio building course in Visual Communication. Part of the academic curriculum of that course is to help plan and to take part in the Margate Festival of Design. Key to the Festival’s ambition is to draw together design education, industry and our community.

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