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At the beginning of a new year and another lockdown in the UK, public institutions are becoming increasingly adept at translating events and exhibitions into the online arena.

From architecture exhibitions and design forums to art openings and panel discussions, the inter-pandemic age we currently find ourselves living through has challenged gallerists and curators to both examine how the pandemic has affected creativity and how the resulting creations might be presented to the world at large.

Using twenty-first-century technology to establish a global community, social media platforms and websites have been transformed into hubs for shared insight and interactive learning, bringing together like-minded individuals from around the world.

We’ve picked five international architecture, art and design events accessible online throughout January, February and March which champion and explore the many facets of creativity, craftsmanship and good design by sharing insight into the industry. During these challenging times, they offer the opportunity to connect us with an international community from within our own homes…

DesignTO – Distance & Digital
Until 31 January 2021

DesignTO - Distanced & DigitalDesignTO is about creativity, community and experimentation.

The DesignTO Festival is Canada’s leading (and largest) annual design festival that celebrates design as a multidisciplinary form of creative thinking and making, with over 100 exhibitions and events forming Toronto’s design week

This year’s programme includes a selection of digital events and exhibitions incorporating projects examining the contribution of Danish design to design-at-large, original work that explores the role of furniture as a medium for personal expression and a panel discussion that seeks to answer the question: What does it mean to have truly good taste in the modern world?

Stockholm Design & Architecture Talks
10 – 11 February 2021

Stockholm Design & Architecture TalksPlacing Scandinavian design in an international context, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is the world’s leading meeting place for Scandinavian design. The latest trends and new products are unveiled and this year’s fair features live streamed panels, virtual interviews and lectures.

Stockholm Design & Architecture Talks invites the most interesting and creative speakers from around the world and Scandinavia to take part. The program is designed to promote knowledge and innovation and generate evolution within the fields of design and architecture.

The talks present and analyse the latest projects, forecast trends and dig deep into the most intriguing current debates, challenging those involved and listening in, to think differently.

Crafting a Difference
19 January – 02 March 2021

Crafting a DifferenceFive galleries have come together to create this exhibition of visual arts and contemporary crafts at SoShiro, a new gallery and shop in London’s Marylebone. Works on paper, textiles, ceramics and more are displayed online and across four floors of the Georgian townhouse.

The show was imagined by curator Brian Kennedy, who notes that although the craft sector has been hit hard by the pandemic, it’s been a creative time for many artists and gallerists. His intention in bringing together different makers, materials, methods is to show that the act of creation is a unifying force.

Beazley Designs of the Year – The Virtual Experience
Until 28 March 2021

Beazley Design of the YearOrganised by London’s Design Museum, this virtual, online exhibition allows visitors to discover the most innovative designs from this year’s Beazley Designs of the Year awards.

Explore the best designs across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design, nominated by design experts and the public.

Beazley Designs of the Year, will offer a vital chance to recap where we were when the virus took hold. It will require careful construction and precise storytelling in order to establish the big themes and preoccupations from that period. The show will be arranged chronologically, suggesting a countdown from January 2019 to the moment our attention shifted in late January 2020. More than merely an assessment of the past, it will be a frame for exploring the future.

Emily King, curator of Beazley Designs of the Year 2020

Sculpture in the City
Until spring 2021

Sculpture in the cityThe ninth edition of the City of London’s annual public art programme has been extended until the spring, allowing more time to discover the 13 works dotted in and around the architectural landmarks of the Square Mile, as well as online.

During lockdown, eight chapters of activities with informational download packs, instructional videos and easy-to-access materials can also be found in their Sculpture in the City Learning hub, a newly launched digital programme of activities, videos and downloadable packs for families.

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