“MOVING ON”—The 2013 AACDD Bargehouse Festival

The 2013 AACDD Bargehouse Festival
17 – 23 September 2013

Started in 2010 by the London-based British European Design Group in partnership with the London Design Festival, the African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Initiative (www.aacdd.org) has created its own legacy by highlighting the talents of new and emerging artists, designers and architects of African and African-Caribbean descent.
Once again all five floors of the listed Bargehouse building will be devoted to showcasing exceptional works from creatives of African, African-Caribbean and African Diaspora descent from the UK, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.

In addition to the artistic and design side of AACDD, the AACDD 2013 Bargehouse Festival ‘Moving On’ will also for the first time include a very different special feature: the Mosaic Event, which will host a shopping gallery and fashion showcase to highlight the commercial potential of AACDD artists and designers.

The AACDD Initiative gives the opportunity to experience and discover first-hand the originality and creativity with which the very best African descent artist and designers enrich global culture.

The 2013 AACDD Bargehouse Festival ‘Moving On’ will consist of four parts:

2010-2012 AACDD Awards and Award Exhibition
Ground Floor Gallery

“Ensuring such diversity will continue requires some intervention whether through education and training, outreach work, spreading good practice or awards, which recognize the most diverse forms.”
DMCS – Departtment of Media, Culture and Sport 2008

The Exhibition of the AACDD Awards and Award Exhibition is the final accolade celebrating the best of the outstanding creative talent of black artists and designers.

This year the entire Ground Floor Gallery will be dedicated to a review of the best submissions in all creative disciplines from the 2010, 2011 and 2012 AACDD exhibitions.

In the AACDD Award Exhibition visitors will be able to see the creative highlights of three years in more than 15 disciplines selected by a panel of Steering Committee/Advisory Board members on the basis of the physical and virtual work of the participating artists and designers.


New Independent Film, Animation and Moving Images
Screening Room, 1st Floor

From 18 – 23 September the AACDD will welcome the public to enjoy a week full of films, documentaries, shorts, moving image and animation, from independent filmmakers and collectives representing Africa, the Caribbean and the diaspora.


New Submissions, New Work
Submissions of work from September 2012 – August 2013
Floors 1, 2, 3 (Rooms 1 & 2)

Since August 2012 over 50 new artists and designers from the UK, Africa, the Caribbean and the USA have sent in their applications for inclusion in the 2013 Festival lauding the initiative and wishing to be part of it.

It has filled us with great pride and satisfaction that most of them state they learnt about AACDD either through the social networks or by word of mouth and have felt inspired and encouraged to get in touch with us.

It is for the reason of not wanting to disappoint this trust that the British European Design Group has decided to continue the AACDD Initiative into 2013 despite the fact that funding is no longer available.

The 2013 AACDD Bargehouse Festival ‘Moving On’ is therefore intended to continue to build on the growing interest in black creativity, which our work has so far engendered amongst other organisations and institutions, the general public and – above all – the communities and to continue to provide an open and accessible platform for its many protagonists during the UK’s most prestigious design event – the London Design Festival.


Fashion, Accessories, Jewellery, Gifts

The MOSAIC Shopping Gallery

18 – 23 September 2013
Floor 3 (Room 3)

The MOSAIC Fashion Showcase
18, 19, 22 September 2013
Floor 4

The MOSAIC Shopping Gallery and the MOSAIC Fashion Showcase will provide a new experience for visitors to the two previous AACDD Bargehouse Festivals. For the first time designer/makers and small businesses owned by entrepreneurs of African and African-Caribbean descent will offer fashion, fashion accessories, interior design accessories, limited edition art and artistic gifts to highlight not only the creative but also the commercial potential of AACDD artists and designers.


For further information on the 2013 AACDD Bargehouse Festival ‘Moving On’ please visit the AACDD website:

Oxo Tower Wharf
Bargehouse Street
South Bank
London SE1 9PH
September 18 – 23
Open 11am – 8pm daily (19th 6pm close)
Admission free