A conference set to spark interesting discussion and debate over the nature of plastics design is due to take place for the first time next month.
Focusing on all aspects of plastics design, from the controversial to the essential, the ‘Provocative Plastics’ conference is being held in Bournemouth on 17 and 18 September 2015.
The inaugural event will provide an international forum for scholars, art and design practitioners, as well as members of the plastics industry to examine the past, present and potential of plastics in a balanced way.
Organisers say the conference, which will be held at the Arts University, Bournemouth, is designed to "play a key role in developing a realistic understanding of the meaning of plastics for society and in influencing how plastics are perceived and deployed in the future."
Confirmed speakers at the event include Sebastian Conran, Designer, Sebastian Conran Associates; Kigge Hvid, CEO, Design to Improve Life; John Mathers, CEO, Design Council and Richard Northcote, Bayer MaterialScience.
Themes covered will include:
Plastic reality: the provocative nature of plastics
This session will focus on the challenging reality of plastics in promotion, product and packaging.
Plastic environment: plastics and world sustainability
This session will focus on ways to improve the impact of plastics on the environment.
Plastic muse: the inspirational characteristics of plastics
This session will focus on how the different characteristics of plastic materials can contribute to creativity.
Plastic printing: 3D printing as inspiration
This session will focus on the potential of 3D printing as a resource for artists and as a contributor to public appreciation of plastic materials.
Plastic legacy: plastics remembered
This session will focus on issues relating to plastics heritage within museums.
Plastic value: the emotional and economic price of plastics
This session will focus on plastics in relation to different value systems and their changing fortunes within these value systems.
The conference will also provide valuable networking opportunities.
You can see the full programme and book your place here.