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Talk Design for Creative Lives (or, why the closure of Launchpad matters)

Design for Creative Lives (or, why the closure of Launchpad matters)

Professor Suzanne MacLeod


Join Professor Suzanne MacLeod, Professor of Museum Studies at Leicester University, for this Inaugural Lecture.

What do the museums we build say about the world in which we live? What do they say about the society we envisage for our own and others’ children? Why does it matter that an increasing number of our museums are designed with ‘spend per head’ in mind or that long-standing and highly popular exhibitions have been replaced by corporately sponsored displays and placed behind a pay wall? And are there other ways of making museums (designing buildings, displays and exhibitions) which might, rather, be an investment in the creative lives of citizens and society as a whole?

Introducing a live research project and walking through a series of innovative museum projects, past and present, this lecture seeks to unfold a thread of progressive museum design which has prioritised people, social relationships and social expression. Advocating that museum design be approached in full recognition of museums as vital shared spaces and as opportunities to shape our public realm, the lecture will identify some of the characteristics of these types of spaces emerging from the research as well as the ideas about space, design and social relations that sit behind the project.

This lecture is free to attend. Further information can be found here.

Event details

Tue 6 Mar 2018, 5:30pm

Live subtitling by Stagetext

Venue details

University of Leicester
Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 1
University Road
The Arts Council
The Arts Council
The Arts Council