The Royal College of Art has secured Ãº180 000 sponsorship from the Korean electrical manufacturer LG Electronics, best known for its Goldstar brand. The sponsorship will fund a design exhibition to mark the college’s centenary next year.
A Century of Design will run from 7 February to 20 March 1996 and track how the RCA and its students have influenced the world with design. The centenary will also be marked by a symposium on the theme of design for the 21st Century. A centenary logo is the subject of a design competition within the college.
An RCA spokesman says the RCA is “thrilled” by the deal, marked by the signing of a declaration yesterday by LG Electronics president John Koo and RCA rector Professor Anthony Jones.
A curator and designer will be selected for the exhibition, says the spokesman: “The design will have to be of a very high quality to reflect the quality of the exhibits. It is possible we will go outside the college for a designer.”
The RCA has confirmed that it is not to change its name to incorporate design, an idea first mooted two years ago by Jones.
The RCA is searching for a professor of architectural design.
The new part-time post will head the architecture course under the head of the school of architecture, interior design and furniture, Professor Floris van den Broecke.