Making Futures is a biennial international research conference developed and curated by Malcolm Ferris at Plymouth College of Art. Across six UK editions to date, it has established itself as one of the leading events in the field and is the only biennial global craft conference in the UK. In support of this global dialogue, editions have also been held at Beijing Design Week, China, the Cheongju International Crafts Biennale, South Korea, and (forthcoming in 2020), the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts, United States.
Making Futures explores contemporary craft and maker movements as ‘change agents’ in societies across the globe by investigating key issues concerning the progressive possibilities presented by the revival, development and promotion of these sectors. These issues, many of which will be discussed in Cebu, include: the changing nature of both craft and industry, developments in digital technologies, sustainability in the context of the global climate crisis, material innovations, social and community-based regeneration, and craft leadership.
The conference platform positions the Philippines and Southeast Asia as an exciting region for approaches and ideas that other parts of the world may not have heard of. It also actively seeks to stimulate the formation of connections and networks that can lead to future partnerships.