• Design Research Unit 1942–72
    Michelle Cotton
    Cubitt, London
    Sep 17, 2010 to Oct 23, 2010
    Norwich University College of the Arts Gallery, Norwich
    Oct 30, 2010 to Nov 27, 2010
    International Project Space, Bournville
    Jan 13, 2011 to Feb 12, 2011
    Liverpool John Moores University
    Mar 04, 2011 to Apr 01, 2011
    Bonington Gallery, Nottingham
    Apr 15, 2011 to May 13, 2011
    Tate, St. Ives
    Feb 05, 2011 to May 02, 2011
    Cooper Gallery, Dundee
    Nov 19, 2011 to Dec 17, 2011
    Cubitt Gallery and Studios

Design Research Unit (Milner Gray), invitation to the New Face of British Railways exhibition, Council of Industrial Design, 1965. Photo: Martin Hartley.

Formed in London in 1942, the Design Research Unit was responsible for some of the most important design produced in post-war Britain. It pioneered a model for group practice, being the first consultancy in the country to bring together expertise in architecture, graphics and industrial design. By the 1970s it was one of the largest and most established design offices in Europe. This exhibition is the first of its kind, mapping the history of the group and the currency of their designs. It identifies key examples of their work and documents an approach that was shaped by inter-war developments in artistic discourse and post war trends in industry and communication; in particular the accelerated demand for corporate design.

Cubitt is an independent organisation controlled by its members: a community of over thirty artists dedicated to enlivening London's cultural communities. Cubitt upholds the importance of the artist-run space, and by virtue of its diverse studio, gallery and off-site activities, continues to promote national and international developments in visual culture. These comprise exhibitions, performances, screenings, symposia, talks given by artists, critics, or curators as well as educational projects.