Set the agenda – Red Setter’s Top 5 Design and Cultural Events in June 2021
Thinking you need some brain and visual stimulation after all this online fatigue?
Good news, we’ve got you covered with our round up of some of the world’s coolest design-led events, combined with some mind-blowing cultural experiences that will have you planning your diaries for the month ahead and relighting your Instagram feed.
When: Tuesday 18th May 2021 to 6th June 2021
Where: Somerset House, London
Why: It’s the global gathering of the world’s most ambitious and imaginative designers, curators and design institutes. This year as part of a wider programme of events, hundreds of trees will be appearing in the Somerset House courtyard. Designed by Es Devlin, artistic director of the Biennale, the forest will feature 23 varieties, creating a spectacular centrepiece to the iconic space. The project hopes to raise awareness of the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development – an ambitious plan to eradicate poverty, fight inequality and tackle the climate crisis. These goals will be highlighted in an installation in the central clearing of the forest. There’s literally nothing to not love about this, along with a host of digital events around the theme of ‘Design In An Age of Crisis.’
When: 7th – 13th June 2021
Why: One of the most acclaimed design events in the world and the largest on the West Coast. The theme this year is ‘POWER’. The event is virtual for the second year running, which means you don’t need to be a ‘Bay Area’ designer to plug into the entrepreneurial thinking and spirit that sets SFDW apart from other design weeks around the world. There’s a reason why they call it the ‘birthplace of the future’.
When: Saturday 5th June, 2021
Why: We love events that are accessible to all. New York’s Cooper Hewitt is running a virtual event ‘Morning at the Museum’, a Smithsonian program that provides access for individuals with cognitive and sensory processing disabilities. It’s a free, virtual programme that includes an introduction to the design process, online exploration of Cooper Hewitt’s famous art and design collection, and brainstorming activities. Participants also have the option to build a 3-dimensional design using everyday materials from their home and even better, participation in all activities is possible with no materials.
When: June to December 2021
Where: V&A London
Why: The V&A is the Queen of event design. This immersive and theatrical show charts the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from a manuscript over 157 years ago, to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages in the present day. It looks spectacular and will be a nice change from the sterility of ‘Zoom-life and fatigue’ experienced by most of us.
When: June 2021 to 2022
Where: Tate Modern
Why: This is the delayed, rare chance to experience two of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms. Immersive installations to transport you into Kusama’s unique vision of endless reflections. A huge Instagram moment for sure, which is possibly why tickets sold out last month immediately upon release. But don’t despair! Sign up for the next release of tickets in September. Not to be missed.