A rising curator working on a series of projects that bring visibility to the power of design, Eleanor Watson has been appointed the curator for Global Grad Show 2019.
According to Eleanor, the current system of production and consumption is no longer sustainable and is pushing young designers to radically reconsider our relationship to objects, the environment and ourselves.
The curation of this year’s Global Grad Show explores the different scales at which designs operate, from the human to the home, the community, the city and the planet. By placing each design within these specific contexts, Eleanor will draw attention to the importance of human agency on both the micro and macro scale, exploring how the culmination of big and small decisions can shape the world around us. Ranging from energy production to healthcare, education, housing and leisure, nearly all the projects at this year’s exhibition address the challenges faced due to climate change.
“It has been my great pleasure over the last year to look through the output of some of the world’s leading design and technology universities, and to bring together the selection that will be shared with you in the exhibition. The immense geographical span, as well as the variety of disciplines, have made it a rich, diverse and sometimes contradictory assortment. What all the projects have in common however, is that they show an ability on the part of the designer to not only identify an issue, but to explore it with intelligence and empathy.”
Eleanor Watson, a V-A-C Foundation scholar, is the Curator of the 2019 Global Grad Show exhibition. She has been a member of the London Design Museum Curatorial team since 2016 and previous exhibition include the Beazly Designs of the year in 2018, Imagine Moscow and the retrospective of architect Peter Barber, listed in the Guardian’s top five architectural moments of 2018. Brendan McGetrick who previously curated the exhibition from inception, continues to work with The Global Grad Show advisory capacity.