Chris Hunt, founder of Scotland Re:Designed

 1 April 2015

As well as founding Scotland’s first design collective, Chris Hunt works behind-the-scenes across the Scottish design sector. In 2015 he was awarded a Design Skills Award by Creative & Cultural Skills.

Chris Hunt was presented with a Design Skills Award by John Mathers, CEO of the Design Council. (Image: James Fletcher)
Chris Hunt was presented with a Design Skills Award by John Mathers, CEO of the Design Council. (Image: James Fletcher)

Nominations are now open for the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2016.

Chris Hunt’s vision in setting up Scotland Re:Designed was to help designers work in an industry that they may otherwise not have had the contacts, knowledge or resources to do so.

Founded in 2012, Scotland Re:Designed gives support and opportunities to fashion, interior and accessory designers to help them develop.

As a result of his efforts, Chris has helped many Scottish designers establish themselves in the creative industries. 

Supporting emerging designers

Chris was nominated by Cathy Owen who also works for Scotland Re:Designed as a project manager. 

He considers it an honour to be able to support young people in this way.

She felt that Chris has worked tirelessly to gather support from other funders and sponsors so that he can offer emerging design talent the support they require, free of charge.

Cathy Said: “Most designers in Scotland will testify that there is no platform available to them anywhere in the country like Scotland Re:Designed, or anyone who is as dedicated as Chris Hunt in supporting them. 

“Without the work Chris does for them they may otherwise not be able to afford to showcase their talents as individuals, or secure work. The cost of 'showing' at design exhibitions and fashion shows, especially to an international audience, is prohibitive to many young designers. 

“Scotland Re:Designed is the only platform we are aware of that sources funding in order to create a dazzling showcase that attracts a worldwide audience to view the incredible talent in Scotland, on behalf of, and at no cost to, designers."

Investing in young talent

Investing in the next generation of designers is core to Chris Hunt's ethos, so he builds visits to schools and colleges into his work, allowing him to mentor young people at student-level.

“He considers it an honour to be able to support young people in this way,” Cathy said.

In addition, he insists that there is at least one student-focused presentation or workshop during the annual Scotland Re:Designed showcase, which helps foster talented people and link them up with industry and media contacts.

Cathy was keen to emphasise that Chis does what he does because he wants to support young designers, “so that they have all the tools they need to sustain business for themselves, to go on and offer employment to others and to help sustain the design, textile and fashion industry in Scotland”.

Winning the award

On winning an award, Chris Hunt commented: "To be recognised by an organisation that does so much great work towards developing the skills of people all over the UK is extremely humbling.

"I believe so much in Creative & Cultural Skills' philosophies, and particularly in working to ensure that the next generation can access creative careers – regardless of their background.

"The Awards' nominees, judges and everyone involved in the Creative & Cultural Skills organisation are amazing examples of what people really can do to help others in this challenging world."

Nominations are now open for the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2016.


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