Key Notes & Referees


We are pleased to announce confirmation of our main conference Keynote Speakers. Note that due to circumstances beyond both parties control, Angela Mc Robbie has had to withdraw.

Glenn Adamson

Senior Scholar, Yale Center for British Art

Glenn Adamson is currently Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art. A curator and theorist who works across the fields of design, craft and contemporary art, he was until March 2016 the Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. He has previously been Head of Research at the V&A, and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee.

Glenn's publications include Art in the Making (2016, co-authored with Julia Bryan Wilson); Invention of Craft (2013); Postmodernism: Style and Subversion  (2011); The Craft Reader (2010); and Thinking Through Craft (2007).

Bastian Lange

Founder of Multiplicities-Berlin, University of Leipzig

Bastian Lange, Dr. phil., is an urban and economic geographer and specialised within the creative industries, questions of governance and regional development. He spearheads the research and strategic consultancy office Multiplicities-Berlin and has since been Guest Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin between 2011 and 2012. Since 2014 he is commissioned within the project COWERK (Peer-production in open workshops, funded by the German ministry of education and research between 2014-2017 (see

He is particularly interested in socioeconomic transformation processes within the creative knowledge age, refining them into a useable form for the fields of politics, business and creative scenes. Bastian Lange studied geography, ethnology and urban development in Marburg and Edmonton and obtained his doctorate at the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, at the Institute for Geography in 2006. He finalized his habilitation in 2017 and teaches at the University of Leipzig. Contact:

Sarah Mann

Director of Architecture Design Fashion, British Council

Sarah Mann became Director of the Architecture Design Fashion department in April 2016. She joined the British Council from the National Trust, where she has been developing a strand of contemporary programming for a portfolio of historic properties. Previously, Sarah was Programme Manager for the British Council on Connect ZA, a three-year season of arts projects focused on building connections between emerging creative industries in the UK and South Africa.

Between 2008 and 2012, Sarah was part of the curatorial team and Head of Learning and Participation at Somerset House, where she worked on a ground-breaking series of exhibitions and public programmes including SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution, Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Fair, Maison Margiela 20 and Tim Walker: Storyteller. Sarah has an MA in Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University and the Design Museum.


Katie Schwab


Katie’s practice interweaves personal, social, and craft-based histories, often drawing from traditions of living, making and working collectively. Her artworks take the form of installations of embroidered, woven and printed textiles, ceramic tableware, furniture and videos, drawing on the bright colours, bold shapes and abstract forms of twentieth-century modern design. 

Recent exhibitions include Jerwood Solo Presentations, Jerwood Space, London (2016), Making the Bed, Laying the Table, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow (2016), Together in a Room, Collective, Edinburgh (2016) and Fresh, British Ceramics Biennal, The Original Spode Factory Site, Stoke-on-Trent (2015). She is the recipient of the 2016 Nigel Greenwood Art Prize and the 2017 Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Residency at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives.

Anthony Tovey

Industrial sculptor and clay model-maker

Anthony Tovey has spent his career as a highly skilled and in-demand industrial sculptor and model maker working in Automotive Design studios as a clay sculptor. He started his working life as an Austin apprentice in Longbridge, Birmingham, in 1962, and stayed with the company for twenty-five years.

Since leaving Longbridge he has worked in studios from Torquay to Turin to Tehran and on projects from an onion dome for a mosque to a Porsche Boxster. He is currently working with artist Keith Harrison (a past Making Futures keynote) on his Jerwood Open Forest commission, "Joyride". Anthony is keen to stress that he is a product of a secondary school education system where the teaching of craft was once a very strong influence.


We are pleased to announce that the following distinguished persons have agreed to sit as the conference Peer Review Panel:

Ares Kalendides

Managing Director of INPOLIS economic development consultants in Berlin.

Borges, Adelia

Independent writer, Curator and Lecturer in Design History at the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado / FAAP, São Paulo, Brazil.

Cho, Hyeoung

is an internationally renowned independent curator who has curated a number of pathfinding exhibitions exploring the development of contemporary Korean craft. Full details of her work can be found here. 

Figueiredo, Deirdre

Director of Craftspace, Birmingham, UK.

Gant, Nick

Co-founder of University of Brighton, UK.

Greenlees, Rosy

Executive Director of the Crafts Council, London, UK, and President of the World Crafts Council.              

Harper, Paul

Writer and curator on craft and visiting lecturer at Middlesex University, School of Art and Design, and London Metropolitan University, The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, UK, and member of the craft leadership network, Craftnet, UK.

Hughes, Peter

Senior Curator (Decorative Arts), Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, TAS, Commonwealth of Australia.

Julier, Guy

Victoria & Albert Museum Principal Research Fellow in Contemporary Design and Professor of Design Culture, University of Brighton, UK.                                                               

Kettle, Alice

Professor of Textile Arts, Manchester School of Art, The Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Micklethwaite, Paul

Senior Research Fellow, The Design School, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Kingston University, UK.          

Murray, Kevin

Independent writer and curator and managing editor of Garland (the stories behind what we make) and Adjunct Professor RMIT University and Research Fellow University of Melbourne, Australia.                                                

Oakley, Peter

Research Leader, Senior Tutor & Senior Research Fellow School of Material, Royal College of Art, UK.