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Show Sponsor

We are delighted that this year, The Conran Foundation has chosen to be the main sponsor of the Royal College of Art 2006 Summer Graduate Show.

The Conran Foundation is an educational charity, aiming to promote a better understanding of the commercial and cultural benefits of good design. In addition to partly funding the Design Museum and sponsoring The Conran Foundation Collections, more recently The Conran Foundation has contributed to the Sir John Soane's Museum for its Wright to Geary exhibition, and to the Bryanston School for its Creative Arts Building.

Sir Terence Conran, Chairman of The Conran Foundation and Provost of the Royal College of Art, says of his involvement "I have always passionately believed that thoughtful design and the promotion of creativity and innovation is of fundamental importance, not just to the economic survival of Britain, but also in terms of improving the quality of everyday life. The Summer show is a vitally important launch pad for our most creative and talented students. That is why I am so proud that we are supporting the Royal College and sponsoring this wonderful show."

The Conran Foundation was founded in 1980 by Sir Terence Conran. Its first initiative, the seminal Boilerhouse Project gallery at the V&A became the Design Museum at Butlers Wharf, the first museum in the world dedicated to the promotion and examination of design. Website:

The Conran Foundation Awards

As part of the sponsorship, the Conran Foundation will be giving six awards, to be judged during the Show.
Design for Our Future Selves Awards

This award scheme encourages graduating Royal College of Art students to address the powerful social challenges that surround them, to translate these trends into design.

Students are given the brief to design an architecture, design or communication project that addresses a social issue or engages with a particular social group in order to improve: Independence, Mobility, Health or Working Life.

Shortlisted designs are highlighted in the exhibition. For more details visit

If you would like to sponsor any of the College's work:
a student, a project or a prize call 020 7590 4533 or email
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