Space Craft, Platform, London. 2014. Image: Sophie Mutevelian.

Curating, talking
and hosting

As well as creating podcasts and publications, GrantOnDesign also has years of experience curating and hosting events, talks programmes and exhibitions.

Examples of Grant Gibson’s work include the 2014 Crafts Council show Space Craft: Architecture Meets Making, held at Habitat’s Platform gallery on King’s Road in London. The exhibition, which subsequently toured the country, investigated the relationship between craft and architecture, featuring work from the likes of potter and writer Edmund de Waal, architect and artist Adam Nathaniel Furman, sculptor Laura Ellen Bacon and jewellery designer Ute Decker.

Space Craft was so incredibly thrilling to be a part of. A perfectly executed, beautifully considered, thoughtful show, it contained exquisite pieces which together told a positive, exciting and hopeful story. It also made a big difference in my career as a young creative that Grant so generously discovered, supported and celebrated my work.’
Adam Nathaniel Furman, artist and designer

Grant has also organised talks programmes for major trade shows such as Interbuild and designjunction, as well as speaking and chairing panel discussions on a slew of topics around the globe from Amsterdam to Amman and from Seoul to Sleaford.

‘Grant delivered a professional and stimulating panel discussion for Tai Ping at London Design Week 2020. From idea conception, to sourcing the key speakers, through to the presentation of a robustly constructed series of topics and questions, the audience enjoyed a very thought-provoking, fascinating, inspiring and friendly evening at Tai Ping. A great success.’
Julia Polastri, global design and brand director, Tai Ping

In 2015, with the team at Crafts magazine, he started a series of public book clubs. Each of the events, held at the Clerkenwell-based showrooms of Vitra, Moroso and Carl Hansen & Son, attracted an audience of over 100 people to hear speakers such as Sir Christopher Frayling, author Robert Penn, historian Tanya Harrod and ceramic artist and writer Alison Britton.

‘Grant and I talked about Seeing Things, a collection of my essays and other pieces written through three decades, that had been published by Occasional Papers in 2013. Loads of people came. It had been five years since I wrote it, so I had to revise to grip it again in my mind; but Grant was so well organised for his interview that it flowed with ease, like a good game of table tennis. It was an exhilarating evening, so that I found myself walking all the way home with a spring in my step.’
Alison Britton, ceramicist and author

Twelve months later he co-founded Real to Reel, the first film festival devoted to making in the UK. Held at Picturehouse Central in London’s Piccadilly, the event ran for four years, with edited versions of the event also touring abroad. That same year he hosted the Wood Awards at London’s prestigious Carpenters’ Hall.

If you would like GrantOnDesign to help curate or organise an event, exhibition, talks programme or installation contact: