Brazil Conferences

Brazil Conferences

BRAZIL - the cultural contemporary 

Friday 21 January 2011, 10:00-17:00
Hosted by the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU


Brazilian Flag Eye image

This conference was the result of research undertaken in Brazil in spring 2010 and was developed in partnership with the Royal College of Art and was curated by the RCA's Martina Margetts Senior Tutor, Critical and Historical Studies.


Brazil has one of the fastest growing economies in the world and a complex history and identity. The conference aimed to inform a UK-based audience about Brazil's contemporary visual culture, with a focus on areas of craft, design and social change. Key speakers from across the globe were invited to present.

Adélia Borges, the leading Brazilian design writer and curator, gave  the keynote lecture on Brazilian contemporary craft and design and their context.

Frederico Duarte, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Scholar, discussed social projects led by academics and

practitioners, drawing on his extensive recent primary research in Brazil.

Bronac Ferran, Senior Research Tutor in the department of Innovation Design Engineering at the RCA and former

Director of Interdisciplinary Arts at Arts Council England, focused on hi-tech creative projects in Brazil.

Tristan Manco, designer and author of Graffiti Brasil, analysed the relationship between street life and cultural development through graffiti and graphics.

Kiki Mazzuchelli, writer, curator and Brazilian PhD researcher (TrAIN/University of the Arts), explored the influential legacy of Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992), who integrated European modernist and Brazilian vernacular

cultures in her architecture, design and projects.

Cristiana Tejo, coordinator of Education at Fundação Joaquim Nabuco and an independent curator based in Recife, north-eastern Brazil, lecture on the artist Adriana Varejão, renowned for her painted tile installations as a discourse on Brazilian postcolonial experience.

MA students from the Department of Design Products at the RCA - Maximillian Gubbins, Attua Aparicio, Sarah Colson, Alexander Groves -  presentrf on their environmental design project with top designer Marcelo Rosenbaum in Sao Paulo last summer and their response to current craft/design issues in Brazil.

Justin McGuirk, award-winning design writer for The Guardian and former Editor of Icon, was the Respondent to the conference papers and included reflection on his own recent experience of Brazil.

Chair and convenor: Martina Margetts, Senior Tutor, Critical & Historical Studies, RCA. 

List of Delegates
Name Surname Institution
Christine Fletcher-Jones Chief Executive, Walford Mill
David Sinclair Exhibitions Curator, The Civic
Deirdre Figueiredo Director, Craftspace
Jackie Lee Relationship Manager Visual Arts (Crafts and Workspace Development), ACE
Kelda Savage Freelance Curator
Martina Margetts Senior Tutor, Critical & Historical Studies, Royal College of Art
Melanie Kidd Head of Exhibitions, The Hub
Richard Edwards Relationship Manager, Visual Arts, ACE
Sara Roberts Freelance Curator
Stephen Beddoe Programme Manager, Artquest, University of the Arts
Yasmin Canvin Director, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art
Yvonna Demczynska Director, Flow Gallery, London
Adriana Marques  
Alei Verspoor  
Alessandra Modiano  
Alessandro Beals  
Alison Plumridge Director, Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds
Allard van Hoorn RCA
Amanda Game Director, Innovative Craft
Andrew Forkes Senior Lecturer Industrial Design, London South Bank University
Andrew Harrison Founder, Spaces That Work Ltd & Deputy Chair, Crafts Council
Annabelle Campbell Exhibitions and Collection Manager, Crafts Council
Annie Fabricant Editor, 20, 20 Hoxton Square Projects
Artur Assis Embassy of Brazil
Azusa Murakami  
Becca Pelly-Fry Arts Development Officer, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Catherine Ince Curator, Barbican Art Gallery
Catherine Dixon Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design
Cecilia Bizzotto Embassy of Brazil
Chris Procter Dept of Architecture, RCA
Clare Cumberlidge  
Clare Bradley Laurent Delaye
Corinna Warm Warm Furniture
Curie Park  
David Medalla Artist
Dionea Rocha-Watt Research student, RCA
Donna Vose Visiting Arts
Dr Jana Scholze Curator of Modern Furniture and Product Design, V&A
Fernando Rihl Dept of Architecture, RCA
Flavia Amadeu  
Francis Alexander Artistic Director, Chelsea Theatre
Gabriel Patrocinio Research student, Cranfield  University
Gabriel Menotti PhD Student, Goldsmiths College
Gary Stewart  
Grant McCoige  
Grit Hartung Communication Designer
Guy Julier University of Brighton Principal Research Fellow in Contemporary Design, V&A
Guy Brett Critic, Curator
Heather Rigg Director, Designer Maker West Midlands
Hilary French Head, School of Architecture & Design, RCA
Isabell Flora Journalist, documentary filmmaker & producer
Isobel Whitelegg Research Fellow, University of the Arts
Itamar Ferrer  
James Kinghorn  
Jareh Das Student, RCA
Jeremy Myerson Director, Helen Hamlyn Centre, RCA
Jeremy Hunt Editor, Art and Architecture
Jeremy Aynsley Head of Research, RCA
Jing Lu Talks and Public Programmes Co-ordinator, RIBA
Jo Joelson London Fireworks
João Guarantani Embassy of Brazil
John Heskett Professor Emeritus, University of Hong Kong
John Wroe Executive Director , Momentum Arts
José Geraldo Costa Embassy of Brazil
Juliana Callia Long Magnus Long Viable London Design Studio
Kate Stoddart Independent Curator & Joint Contemporary Art Development for the National Trust, Midlands, East
Kate Bevilaqua Sobreira Embassy of Brazil
Keith Whittle International Projects, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design
Bethany Koby  
Laura Barbi Embassy of Brazil
Laurent Delaye Director, Laurent Delaye
Lesley Millar Professor of Textile Culture, Director Anglo Japanese Textile Research Centre, Univeristy for the Creative Arts
Liz Cooper Touring Manager at The Hub: National Centre for Craft & Design
Maria Klein  
Maria Kleinestrup  
Marina Borges de Oliveira  
Marion Friedmann  
Matthew Terrington  University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art, University of Essex, Colchester
Michael O'Neil Bedward Enterprise Management Lecturer, University of the Arts London
Michael Asbury Chelsea College of Art and Design
Milo Steelefox JungleDrums Magazine
Miriam Metliss Learning and Access Officer, University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art, University of Essex, Colchester
Oliver Redfern The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Orla Houston-Jibo Inspire Assistant Curator, Contemporary Programmes, V&A
Pamela Heskett  
Pete Collard Contemporary design curator, writer& researcher
Poppy Muir Project Manager, ArtReach Events Ltd
Rebekah Ford  
Rivelino Lopes  
Robert Martin Consultant Curator R-Space, Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Ruth McCullough AND Festival Producer
Saif Osmani Architecture Curator, Baasher Ghor/ Bamboo House Project
Sarah Mann Assistant Curator, Embankment Galleries, Somerset House
Susan O’Reilly Museum Maker
Susana Soares RCA  
Tanya Barson Curator, International Art, Tate Modern
Tessa Peters Independent curator
Tord  Boontje Professor of Design Products, RCA
Vilmar Pellisson Branding Design Consultant & freelance designer
Zanna Gilbert  
Sylvan Baker  
Paola Faoro  




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