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Future Perspectives

The Barbican Creative Hub is hosting a one-day conference focussed on a creative response to the climate crisis.

Event Information

This event will explore diverse perspectives and a multidisciplinary approach, with thought-leaders in circular, regenerative, slow, and de-growth practices taking the stage.

Offering a mix of keynote presentations and panel discussions to inspire and inform an audience of creative businesses, freelancers, academics, students, and graduates.

The aim is to provoke thought, create conversation, and explore how the region can harness its own unique perspectives to generate new ideas and positive future.


10:00 - 10:30 Arrival, Refreshments and Networking

Meet with other delegates before the start of an engaging day. Refreshments will be served on arrival.

10:30 - 10:45 Welcome and Introductions

A brief introduction to the key themes of the day and speakers.

Sally Denton, Executive Director, Barbican Creative Hub.

10.45 – 11.45 A Speculative Perspective

Exploring the climate crisis theme through the principles of rewilding and emerging macrotrends. This keynote will offer insights on how the philosophy of rewilding is not only influencing spaces, but the wider arts, creative sectors, and society.

Geraldine Wharry, Futurist, Trend Atelier

11:45 - 12:00 Break

12:00 – 13:00 A Circular Perspective

Pioneer of circularity, Christopher Raeburn will provide a unique insight into how the RÆBURN brand embraces a remade, reduce, and recycle ethos. Which when combined with intelligent design, a collaborative mindset, and considered products, has resulted in a brand with integrity and purpose.

Christopher Raeburn, Creative Director, RÆBURN

13:00 - 13:45 Lunch

Light buffet lunch and refreshments provided.

13:45 – 14.45 A Slow Perspective

Intersecting the boundaries between Nature and Art, Science and Horticulture, Manufacture and Design, the company Full Grown bio-facture intricate furniture. Learn more about their slow process of growing chairs and how they have showcased this practice on a global stage.

Gavin Munro, Founder, Full Grown

14:45 – 15:00 Break

15:00 – 16:00 Panel Discussion

An opportunity to discuss the themes of the day with a cross-section of panellists from the arts and creative sector.

Jonathan Hendry, Jonathan Hendry Architects

Veronica Sekules, Director GroundWork Gallery

Fiona Carruthers, Artist

Theo Simpson, Artist

16:00 Close

Event information:

Lincoln Arts Centre

29/02/2024 10:00 - 16:00

Organised by:
University of Lincoln