‘Global Local’ From Peckham to the World…

As part of this year’s Peckham Festival, creative production specialists Footprint hosted the third in a series of talks for 2017 exploring ‘The Value of Design’. In partnership with The Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD) an audience of creative minds spanning the breadth of the design industry convened at The Copeland Gallery, Peckham to discuss what ‘Global Local’ truly means today.   The evening brought together an eclectic mix of guest speakers in the shape of leading international Urban Artist Remi Rough, and global visitor attraction specialists Merlin Entertainments, Verity Treadwell – Display and Costume Supervisor, and Simon Casey – Senior Show Services Manager. Xchange opened with an enlightening perspective from the Theatre Design and Production sector by Fiona Watt – Honorary Secretary of SBTD. Fiona reminded us that the symbiotic relationship between ideation and production is as imperative today as ever before, no matter whether working domestically or on global projects. Fiona explained that for SBTD members the true commercial value of their work is still misjudged – particularly when we consider the wider influence design can have on business decision making; “We must recognise design as driving the quest and posing the questions, arguments, threats, and resolutions needed as catalysts to positive commercial change..”  Fiona Watt, SBTD Remi, Simon and Verity then shared stories behind and insights in to their work, along with the challenges and influences that come from working both ‘Home’ and ‘Away’. This was followed by an engaging panel discussion (facilitated by Fiona), where ‘Global Local’ was unpacked in more detail, along with inspired questions from the floor. Whether playfully incorporating the regimented windows...