The Visual Arts Unit of the Department of Creative and Festival Arts welcomes papers for the colloquium entitled: “Ministry of Design – from cottage industry to state enterprise”, which will take place on May 28th and 29th 2015.
Design is a multi-faceted global industry that affects all our lives on a daily basis – from the design of best vehicular path to negotiate Port of Spain traffic during Carnival, to signage on the path, to the design of a mobile app to solve that challenge. The design process is practiced on all levels of society and its impact is visible everywhere. Research suggests that design has a significant positive effect on the economies of countries by making industries more competitive, by stimulating manufacturing, as a tool for social development or even by addressing issues such as improving basic systems such as health infrastructure, crime prevention, education and transport. In Trinidad and Tobago, however, the general public often understands design to relate primarily to fashion, Carnival and graphic design and often does not see how design can impact the wider economy, even though, this same public interfaces with well-designed products on a daily basis, for example through a mobile phone, or a well-designed car etc. Trinidad and Tobago currently has no design policies and programmes though there is a focus on innovation and competitiveness. What if the government of Trinidad and Tobago directed substantial financial investment towards design initiatives on a national level? If there were a Ministry of Design in Trinidad and Tobago, how could this Ministry encourage and stimulate design, and create an awareness of its importance among the general population and other Ministries? We invite designers and non-designers to share their thoughts on this theme at this colloquium by contributing a paper of 2000 – 6000 words.
The objective of this colloquium is to generate public discussion on how can this Ministry of Design support:
• Design for the Individual
• Design for the Home
• Design for Education
• Design for Business
• Design for Social Good
• Design Development / Sustainability
• Design practice
• Design Futures
• Urban design
• Sustainable design
• Other relevant areas
Interested presenters are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words, accompanied by a cover page which must include: (i) the title of the paper; (ii) the author’s name, (ii) author’s contact information (email and telephone numbers) and bio-data of no more than 100 words.
Full papers should be 2000 – 6000 words (Image-rich papers are welcomed).
Presentations during the colloquium will be 15 minutes long.
Abstracts are to be submitted by: March 31st 2015
Notification of acceptance: April 6th 2015
Full papers due by: May 8th 2015
Peer Feedback: May 20th 2015
Colloquium: May 28th and 29th
Colloquium Chairs: Lesley-Ann Noel; Michael Lee Poy
The Visual Arts Unit of the Department of Creative and Festival Arts
For further information, or to submit an abstract kindly contact:
Department of Creative and Festival Arts
The University of the West Indies
St. Augustine Campus
St. Augustine Trinidad & Tobago