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DesignLab Nation: Blackpool 2023

DesignLab Nation is a national schools programme led by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. This programme of in-depth design projects explores new ways of engaging secondary school children with design.

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DesignLab Nation & Showtown

Earlier this year, Showtown and Lightworks collaborated with artist, Nicolas Burrows, to lead this exciting design project with secondary school students based in the Blackpool area.

The design project was devised to include a series of workshops focusing on sustainable lighting design with the world famous Blackpool Illuminations as its inspiration.

Working with Blackpool schools

Students from Blackpool Aspire Academy, Educational Diversity and South Shore Academy created their own designs for a proposed light installation at Blackpool Illuminations, responding to the fact that the lights are powered by sustainable energy sources.

The school groups were guided through a range of mark-making and creative processes including relief printmaking, ceramics, prototype design and large-scale collaboration.

Creative workshops

Through the programme students were able to access material from Blackpool’s heritage collections, visit the V&A in London and take part in guided tours of the Lightworks depot in Blackpool. The students also gained special insight into the design process through talks from Lightworks designers.

V&A visit & Lightworks depot tour

Photo credit: CJGriffiths Photography

The schools final displays were exhibited in the window of the Showtown Activity Hub this summer to celebrate and showcase all the hard work and skills used to created some fantastic pieces of artwork.

Photo credit: CJGriffiths Photography

A big thank you...

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the students, teachers and support staff who took part in DesignLab Nation: Blackpool 2023.

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