Fully Funded Design Futures Lab for Creative Technologists and Digital Storytellers

Fully Funded Design Futures Lab for Creative Technologists and Digital Storytellers

The Design Futures lab allows for the worlds of fashion and immersive technology to merge in a radical exploration of storytelling, world-building, and reimagining futures by combining the skillsets of fashion practitioners and digital technologists.

The Design Futures Lab 2023 creates a space for new narratives at the intersection of immersive technology and sustainable fashion and design by combining the worlds of fashion and new media. The 2nd edition of the Design Futures Lab will take place in Cape Town from 21 – 24 April 2023.

This creative economy project, supported by the British Council #SouthernAfricaArts, is now in its second year and in 2023 offers 12 South African and Zimbabwean content creators an opportunity to develop experiential, provocative and immersive digital narratives about sustainable fashion and design.

The Design Futures lab is looking for six teams (12 artists in total working in creative pairs) – three teams from South Africa and three from Zimbabwe – to create immersive media prototypes of sustainable fashion practices.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be 18 years or older.

  • Be citizens or permanent residents of South Africa or Zimbabwe.

  • Currently live in South Africa or Zimbabwe and able to travel on the days required.

  • Submit in pairs, with one concept (two creatives per concept
    – one team member should be a creative technologist or, comfortable exploring new technologies).

  • One member should have some form of experience in a creative technology field.

  • One member should have experience in fashion and/or design (this includes apparel, footwear and accessories)

  • Be willing to complete a self-directed African Creative Economy course up to Intermediate Level.

  • Attend all components of the Design Futures Lab.


  • Bring together education, experimentation, and exploration to support young creatives to bring their ideas into the immersive space.

  • Partner with both local and international experts, guest speakers and market access professionals to set our participants up in an environment that promotes collaboration and creativity.

  • The Design Futures programme will fully cover travel, accommodation and meals for participants selected for the lab.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Fully Funded Design Futures Lab for Creative Technologists and Digital Storytellers

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