BA CVC lecturer Mary Ann Bolger to speak at symposium at the University of Brighton, on Friday 7 October 2016.

BA Contemporary Visual Culture lecturer Mary Ann Bolger will speak at the forthcoming symposium at the University of Brighton, ‘Facing the World Differently? Seventy years on from the Britain Can Make It Exhibition’ on Friday 7 October 2016. 

Catalogue for Irish Design Exhibition 1956, designed by Thurloe Conolly 
at The Design Research Unit of Ireland for the Arts Council. IMMA Collection
The symposium sets out to consider the impact and legacy of the 1946 exhibition, Britain Can Make It, held at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. The exhibition reflected a desire to reaffirm Britain’s global position in design and manufacturing after World War Two. Mary Ann’s paper will contribute to the debate about the implications of imperial models of design practice, education, exhibition and professional organization, focusing on the situation in the self-consciously modernising Ireland of the 1950s and 1960s. Her paper examines how design was mobilized in an attempt to make the state ‘legible’: coherent, comprehensible and ordered.
Britain Can Make It Exhibition, 1946.
'What Industrial Design Means' section
designed by Misha Black OBE, FSIA, s
howing the 'Birth of an Egg Cup'.
University of Brighton Design Archives, DCA080

The keynote speakers are Professor Jonathan Woodham and Dr Paddy Maguire. For more details and to book tickets see here: Symposium Details.

Photograph in ‘Einladung an Unternehmer: Irland’, a guide to Ireland
for German industrialists
published by the Industrial Development Authority, circa 1961.
The original caption reads: ‘An Irish factory with a symbolic name: Progress’

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