Workshop: Circular Economy for the Creative Industries

A one-day intensive workshop for creative practitioners and businesses on the circular economy.

Hosted at the London Design Biennale in partnership with Makerversity, this one-day workshop will draw on the wealth of research, design practice and thought leadership on the circular economy, to explore opportunities for creative practitioners and businesses. The workshop will be led by Sophie Thomas, Designer and Founding Director of Thomas.Matthews.

The circular economy is a bold idea that has the potential to transform our relationship with materials. It describes how we can move from a linear model - where we "take, make and dispose" of materials - to design principles and business models that are regenerative and environmentally conscious.  

Event Details

  • Date 23rd September 2016
    9:30am — 3:30pm
  • Location Makerversity
    Old Post Room,
    Somerset House,
    Victoria Embankment,
    London,
    WC2R 1LA
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As a major sector in the UK economy, with a turnover in excess of £80bn and employing 1.8 million people, the creative industries could play a significant role in driving change. Embedding circularity will reduce environmental damage, demonstrate leadership and contribute to behaviour change more widely across the economy.

Programmes such as The Great Recovery have already demonstrated how waste can be ‘designed out’ from our economy, making significant efficiencies for business, improving the customer experience and reducing environmental impacts.

We will cover:

  • An introduction to the circular economy 
  • Overview of business models and design approaches based on the circular economy
  • Case studies of how creative practitioners and businesses are contributing to the circular economy already
  • Practical work to apply circular principles to your business and/or creative process

Sophie Thomas

Sophie has been working in the fields of sustainable design and circular economy, behaviour change and material process through her design agency, Thomas.Matthews ltd for over 19 years and as Director of Design for Useful Simple Projects.

In 2012, she founded The Great Recovery, a programme to build capacity and understanding of circular design in the materials supply chain, that ran through the RSA until 2016. She is a trustee of WRAP and the Useful Simple Trust, past trustee of the Design Council and was Director of Design and Circular Economy at the RSA.


The workshop is relevant for individuals and micro-businesses, as well as small to medium enterprises, and is open to artists, designers and cultural professionals from across the creative industries, including music and the performing arts, visual arts, design, fashion, and TV and film. 

This workshop is limited to 20 places. Places are free but booking is essential. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

For tickets to the London Design Biennale visit the LDB website.

This workshop is supported by the Knowledge Transfer Network.

Sustaining Creativity