Public Programme

This Spring Sir John Soane's Museum has lined up a dazzling array of artists, designers, academics and curators to talk about what being a designer means today.

Featuring Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry, three panel discussions will look at contemporary approaches to design and the exciting possibilities offered by new technologies.

Photograph: BBC / Richard Ansett

Visualising Design Ideas - 10 March 2014

Explore how contemporary architects and designers utilise various production methods and strategies in the design process. Speakers: Michele de Lucchi, Ross Lovegrove and Adam Lowe

Using Objects as Evidence of Themselves - 18 March 2014

How does an object inform us of its cultural or historical point of origin? This discussion will focus on the different approaches used to analyse an object’s design. Speakers: Jerry Brotton, Lisa Jardine and Grayson Perry

Casts, Copies and the Dissemination of Design Ideas - 19 May 2014

What potential does the process of copying offer today’s designers? Join us as we examine how “the copy” has been used to recycle and blend ideas from the past, and the intriguing possibilities offered by contemporary technologies. Speakers: Adriano Aymonino, Simon Fujiwara, Sam Jacob

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This series of talks programmed to co-incide with our forthcoming exhibition Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess, 7 March – 31 May 2014, organised with Factum Arte, Madrid.