Join us in August for the first-ever BDF Conference, a celebration of design, creativity and COLOUR.
This year BDF will be coming to you online and in-person as we blend some of what we’ve loved about hosting digital events with an in-person exhibition featuring over 100 of Birmingham’s most talented artists.
You can expect multiple nights of talks from celebrated designers sharing their love of colour in all its forms live-streamed and available on-demand in our Vito hub.
To kick things off we’ve got a special exhibition of Birmingham – The Creative City at poster sites around Birmingham and we’ll be sharing all the work together online and in-person at The Market Hall in Digbeth.
In addition to the main conference programme, we’re encouraging the local community to get involved with their own events – creating a week long celebration to coincide with the festival.
More details on additional speakers, exact timings, dates and locations coming soon.
Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS
Brian Collins is Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS, an independent experience design company in New York City and San Francisco. They were named by Forbes as one of the companies reshaping the future of brand building. Over his career, Brian and his team have won every major creative award.
Murugiah is an award-winning artist and designer based in London, U.K. Born and raised in the UK with Sri Lankan heritage, Murugiah trained as an architect in London before choosing his current creative path, specialising in illustration, art direction, typography and design.
Today, he makes work that is surreal, joyful, loud and unapologetic with a South Asian impression using bright bold colours and detailed graphical compositions. His selected collaborators and commissioners include Apple, Disney, Marvel, Facebook, Penguin, Vans, Wired, Los Angeles Times, and Mondo. And he has been featured by BBC, Creative Boom, Creative Lives in Progress, Digital Arts, and SixtySix Magazine.
Liz West is a British artist (b.1985) who graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2007. West’s broad body of work encompasses site-specific installations, sculpture, and wall-based artwork.
West creates vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. West aims to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer through her works. She is interested in exploring how sensory phenomena can invoke psychological and physical responses that tap into our own deeply entrenched relationships to colour.
Daniel Eatock defies categorisation. Born in Bolton, he now works between London, São Paulo & Norway. A graduate of London’s RCA, Daniel served on the design staff of the world-renowned Walker Art Center in Minneapolis before returning to work with clients including the Serpentine Gallery & Channel Four (most notably the multifarious Big Brother identity).
Trained as a graphic designer, Daniel is now an established artist exhibiting around the world, with a devoted following.
Colour Expert & Modern Colour Theorist
Momtaz Begum-Hossain is a Colour Therapy Expert, Modern Colour Theorist and Author. Her third book Hello Rainbow: Finding Happiness in Colour will be published November 2021 by Leaping Hare Press. She’s the Founder of the ‘Hello Hue’ philosophy; a seven-point guide for how to use colour to boost your mood and mental wellbeing.
We’re still putting the finishing touches to the full week schedule, but here’s a rough outline so you know what to expect.
Monday 16th August, 6–11pm
The Creative City exhibition opening night at Factory Works, Digbeth
Tuesday 17th August, 7pm
The Creative City online exhibition launch, with artist talks from 7pm
Wednesday 18th August, 7pm
Thursday 19th August, 7pm
The first evening of talks from our headline speakers
Friday 20th August, 7pm
The second evening of talks from our headline speakers
If you have a credit note from a cancelled 2020 event get in touch with us and we’ll exchange it for a festival pass.
Booking for more than one person? Don’t forget to add their email to the guest list upon purchase.