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SLAPS: Giulia Fiorista & Ed White. Photo by Lara di Ferdinando

To celebrate their new project The Galvanizers, arts hub SWG3 invited Local Heroes to develop a dynamic and progressive design project at 100 Eastvale Place in Glasgow’s west end.

“Eccentric? Ephemeral? Rude? Emotional? What would the design objects of today look like if designers had the freedom to work with more radical approaches?”

This is the question posed by design curator and founder of Local Heroes, Stacey Hunter. Galvanize! is a Local Heroes project creating an opportunity for designers to consider The Galvanizer’s outdoor space in the context of shelter, shade and seating with a vision that is exuberant and captivating.

Local Heroes have commissioned design duo SLAPS (Giulia Fiorista and Ed White) to respond to designing for open spaces in the Scottish climate with exciting, unique and expressive propositions.

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A new movement in Scottish design
Scotland is becoming increasingly renowned for its contribution to international design and while tradition and heritage remain a focal point in the popular imagination – diversity, pluralism and connectedness to global networks are influencing a whole generation of designers. For Scotland’s Year of Innovation Architecture and Design, we asked some of the country’s leading designers to reimagine the souvenir and produce a unique travel-themed design object. The resulting collection celebrated a new movement in Scottish design that embraces colour, pattern, and the use of innovative techniques and materials. The exhibition presented design that communicates confidence and intellectual rigour and is polished, professional and accessible.

Dr Stacey Hunter is a design curator and creative producer whose work connects design thinking and practice to the everyday life of cities. Dr Hunter trained as a designer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (Dundee), and received a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh in 2015.

With the inaugural exhibition of Local Heroes in 2016, Hunter initiated a major public exhibition of newly commissioned Scottish design. Located at Edinburgh Airport and a key part of Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Local Heroes presented contemporary design to a global audience spanning 120 different locations and three continents.

“For many visitors Local Heroes was a first impression of Scotland, or part of a fond farewell. Design is one of the most accessible expressions of 21st century creativity and the unique location of Edinburgh Airport offered the opportunity to present a snapshot of Scotland’s colourful and confident design scene to a diverse public audience.”

Local Heroes acknowledges the important role design exhibitions have played in supporting design businesses in the past, in particular the Enterprise Scotland Exhibition, Edinburgh, 1947 and Scotland Can Make It! Glasgow, 2014. The aim of Local Heroes is to continue to put Scotland on an international stage, presenting and promoting Scottish products and industries to the public, with a focus on high quality design.

Local Heroes is an independent project led by Dr Stacey Hunter in partnership with Edinburgh Airport, Creative Edinburgh and Creative Dundee, and generously funded by EventScotland and Creative Scotland as part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

The Local Heroes 2016 events programme has been developed collaboratively with Creative Edinburgh and Creative Dundee. Both organisations provide a platform for exchange between the public and the creative, tech, and wider business communities.