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Circular Transitions Conference


Circular Transitions Conference

Tate Britain & Chelsea College of Arts 23rd-24th November
The Circular Transitions Conference will be the first ever global event looking at designing fashion textiles for the circular economy. Textile Futures Research Centre (TFRC) at University of the Arts London (UAL) will be bringing together world leading academics and industry experts in the field to imagine a future where materials are designed, produced, used and disposed of in radical new ways. A full programme of 4 high profile keynotes speakers, 35 papers and 40 exhibitors will be making this happen at the Tate Britain on 23rd November 2016 and Chelsea on 24th November 2016.

The conference and exhibition has been curated around three themes;


  • Design to change Material Systems by creating new industrial and economic models, which responds to technology, science and material developments.
  • Design to change Systemic Models to create new business models through services, networks and communities.
  • Design to change Mindsets and Behaviours to shape new habits; tools, frameworks and experiences to enable and support collaboration.


Keynotes will be delivered by Sophie Thomas (Founding Director, Thomas Matthews), Cyndi Rhoades (Founder, Worn Again), and Elin Larsson (Sustainability Director, Filippa K), and Ed van Hinte (Lightness Studio/ DSR22).


Making Circles Exhibition

Chelsea College of Arts 23rd-24th November


The Making Circles exhibition showcases circular design pioneers, demonstrating the latest innovative materials, processes and design models.

Exhibits include:

  • Algae Fabric, STudio Tjeerd Veenhoven
  • ASAP/Mistra Future Fashion, by Kay Politowicz, Kate Goldsworthy and Hjalmar Granberg (Stockholm & London)
  • Rivet Fabric, Camira (UK)
  • Design for Circularity, by Ina Budda (Berlin)
  • Eccomi, AO Textiles (London)
  • ReThread Chair, Ella Doran (London)
  • Frontrunners, Filippa K (Stockholm)
  • Green Strategy, Anna Brismar (Stockholm)
  • Muto, by Laeticia Forst (Paris)
  • Orange Fibre (Sicily)
  • ReDress Asia (Hong Kong)
  • Shakespeare Scarf, by Nigel Graham Cheney (Dublin)
  • The SOEX Samples, Trash 2 Cash (EU H2020)
  • Transitional Textiles, Clara Vuletich (Sydney)
  • Silence Shirt, Becky Earley (EU)


The show can only be viewed by conference participants and is open for two days.

Red Room, Banqueting Suite, Chelsea College of Arts, Atterbury Street, London SW1P 4RJ


Authors of academic papers include: Kirsty Burn, Kate Goldsworthy, Rosie Hornbuckle, Dawn Ellams, Rebecca Earley, Kirsi Niinamaaki, Jen Ballie, Miriam Ribul & Hanna de la Motte, Amy Twigger Holroyd, Emma Dulcie Rigby, Jennifer Whitty, Yuval Etzioni, Manju Sugathan, Anne Prahl, Andre West, Karen Marie Hasling, Laura Morgan, Marium Durrani, Marjaana Tanttu, Karen Shah, Monica Buchan-Ng, Sara Li-Chou Han, Katherine Champion, Emma Grain, Rachael Taylor, Nick, Morley, Jade Whitson-Smith, Emmeline Child, Marie O’Mahony


Register here: circulartransitions.org

Two-Day Tickets:

  • £475 (includes Exhibition Preview & Gala Dinner)
  • Student Tickets £275
  • Mistra Project Partners £300

For news & updates: @CircTran2016

More info: s.hamilton@arts.ac.uk