Thank you to our fantastic speakers who took part in Margate Festival of Design 2022. If you’re interested in taking part next year, please get in touch at festival@themargateschool.com.

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We bridge the gap in local resources for neurodivergent adults, providing regular social events and creative workshops, enabling positive change in mental health, wellbeing, sense of community and belonging, self-acceptance, and self-advocacy. Lucie Chiocchetti, host and moderator of our Margate Festival of Design event, is a brand and marketing strategist, creative director, and former art director and graphic designer.

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Andrew took up signwriting after moving to Margate in 2016, establishing Hermetic Sign Company a year later. He comes from a Fine Art background, and – inspired by everything from old pubs to heavy metal band logos, Las Vegas to skateboard graphics – now works in the vernacular lettering tradition with a contemporary slant. Image: Frank Leppard

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For over 135 years, G . F Smith has been obsessed with the simple beauty and limitless possibility of paper. Today, we act as custodians of our founders remarkable legacy by making and curating the world’s finest paper collection. As one of the oldest known materials, paper continues to be a symbol of innovation and technological progression — a medium that goes far beyond just being a carrier of ideas and knowledge, a profoundly important and valuable material — more relevant for today’s needs than ever before.

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Greg Bunbury is a Graphic Designer, Creative Consultant and D&I consultant. His mission is to change the world by design, enabling purpose-driven businesses and organisations to connect with diverse audiences. Greg was formerly Head of Creative for an award-winning agency, but as a passionate advocate for equality and antiracism his work shifted to a social focus. In addition to design, he now advises on diversity & inclusion, and delivers workshops on socially conscious design. Greg is the founder of Black Outdoor Art, a project that uses outdoor advertising space as a platform for creative Black expression. In addition to this, he hosts the Design For The People podcast, spotlighting designers and creatives working towards positive social change.

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Sprankenstein Studio is a creative studio based in Margate specialising in Design, Motion and Illustration. We create bold and characterful work and within the music, fashion, TV and social media industries, including clients Coca Cola, Sony Music, Capitol Records and BBC.

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Jules Pretty is Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex, and Director of the Centre for Public and Policy Engagement. His books include Sea Sagas of the North (2022), The East Country (2017), The Edge of Extinction (2014), This Luminous Coast (2011, 2014), The Earth Only Endures (2007), Agri-Culture (2002) and Regenerating Agriculture (1995).

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Mary Leonard is an award-winning Creative Director who combines thoughtful ideas with beautiful design to create immersive brand experiences. In 2021, she founded a multidisciplinary creative studio, MRLD (More Reason — Less Decoration). The studio aims to merge her experience in luxury branding with her time working with innovative technologies at Google to create projects that focus on the “why” as much as the “what”.

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Sam Causer is a Conservation Architect and Director of Margate-based architecture practice Studio Sam Causer, who specialise in the adaptation of complex and historically-sensitive buildings and sites to support contemporary life. In 2016 Sam co-founded Margate Coastal Park Promotion Group, a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to celebrate and conserve the coastal landscape and heritage of Margate. He is also on the Board of the Margate Town Deal, and a Trustee of Open School East. Our work combines interests in social behaviour with conservation philosophy, believing that architecture can both record and mould human interaction and wider political systems. We also believe that architecture and architects should support the public good.

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Margate Tech Club is a free drop-in within a safe and welcoming space where you and your family can explore and play with tech, under the supervision and guidance of helpful experts. Tech Club will run a Design special for Margate Festival of Design. Our regular experts Genetic Moo (Nicola Schauerman and Tim Pickup), who specialise in making interactive art, John Hislop, a STEM Ambassador and retired physics teacher, and Matt Mapleston, founder of The Geekery, will be our facilitators for the day.

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Faery Fellers is an artistic project invented by design industry professionals Katherina Tudball, Superunion, Rosey Trickett, Studio Sutherl&, Marc Spicer, ex-Magpie now freelance, and Thomas Sharp. Thomas Sharp will be appearing at the Margate Festival of Design and is a poet and Creative Director. He thinks about what writing can do, inventing campaigns and artistic moments with language at their heart. He has been commissioned by the British Library, Nike, Henry Moore Foundation, Google, V&A, and many more. He was the world’s second most awarded creative in the 2020 D&AD awards.

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Louise leads boutique creative studio, Here.We.Go. Craft-orientated, she’s the first Chairwoman of TypoCircle in 30+yrs. She’s former Head of Art and Design at agencies BMB, SkyCreative, CHI & Partners and BETC, has judged for D&AD Black Pencils, CreativeCircle Gold, Kinsale GrandPrix, named in The Drum's Designerati, and a Pitch100 Superwoman.

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Arnold Schwartzman OBE RDI, Patron of The Margate School, is an Academy Award® winning filmmaker and noted graphic designer. He grew up in Margate and then moved to Hollywood in 1978 to become the Design Director for Saul Bass and Associates. In 1982, Schwartzman was appointed the Director of Design for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Since 1996, he has designed many of the key elements for the Annual Academy Awards® (“Oscar®”), including commemorative posters, billboards, cinema trailers, and printed programs for the Awards ceremony and Governors Ball.​

June presenting at TMS in front of screen


MAMIMU (June Mineyama-Smithson) is a London-based Japanese artist/graphic designer on a mission to spread optimism. Lecturer at UAL, D&AD judge and speaker at Birmingham Design Festival and Design Manchester. Her bold joyful work has been featured internationally on ITV, Creative Boom, Design Milk, SCMP and Cow Parade Niseko. Image: Jordan Mary Photography

Estelle waters the TMS Community Garden


Estelle Rosenfeld joined The Margate School as the Creative Exchange Coordinator in November 2021 and set the community garden into motion shortly after, adding the title of Garden Coordinator to her hat. When she’s not busy at The Margate School, she works as a participatory artist and creative producer.

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I am a non-binary, queer, disabled writer, artist, and zinester based in Margate, Kent. I run zine making workshops locally and attend and table at various zine fairs around the UK. I am the co-founder of Margate Zine Fair, a local zine and self-publishing fair celebrating local creatives and DIY forms of publishing, and I am an assistant curator for Margate Pride and co-curate the Pride Art Map, a two week festival of exhibitions, workshops and events centring queer art.