SOS-22 is a free 4 week critical designer development programme based in London, UK, hosted by some of the country’s most loved cultural institutions.  Run from the 1st of August, 12 participants will develop group and individual projects based on their own politically and socially active design methodologies.

Hosted by the Koppel Project, the South London Gallery (SLG), and in partnership with the Design Museum, participants will work alongside a series of public events and lectures from practitioners at the cutting edge of design and academia.

The public lecture series is free for SOS participants. This years lineup includes: Prof. Helen Hester (author of Xenofeminism), Bellingcat (Nick Waters), Forensic Architecture and Dr John Walter (Author of Shonky: Aesthetics of Awkwardness). In addition, SOS-22 provides weekly technical workshops in digital media making software, including; 3D Scanning, 3D Animation and Game Engines.  

All participants will then have the chance to publicise their work and research at a WIP Show (at the Koppel Project) and a final three week exhibition at the South London Gallery (SLG).

Applications close at 12 Midnight 24 June 2022, applications sent after the deadline will not be considered. Click here to access the application form.

SOS-22 is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
The Koppel Project (Primary Host)
Image courtesy of the Koppel Project.
Copyright the Koppel Project 2020.‍
Design Museum (Workshop Host)
Image courtesy of the Design Museum.
Photography by Gravity Road.
South London Gallery (Lectures and Exhibition Host)
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020 at the South London Gallery.
Photography by Andy Stagg.
Application Dates
23-05-2022
Applications Open
24-06-2022
Applications Close (12 Midnight)
27-06-2022
Descision to Applicants
Course Dates
01-07-2022
SOS-22 Welcome Pack Issued
01-08-2022
SOS-22 Starts
26-08-2022
SOS-22 Ends
26-08-2022
Exhibition Opening!
12-09-2022
Exhibition Closes
W1 Group Work *
10.00-18.00
> 18.30
01-08-2022
Monday
02-08-2022
Tuesday
SOS Workshop - Group Work
03-08-2022
Wednesday
Bellingcat - Critical Practice Lecture
04-08-2022
Thursday
Technical Workshop - Photogrammetry
05-08-2022
Friday
SOS Workshop - Group Work
W2 Individual Projects *
10.00-18.00
> 18.30
08-08-2022
Monday
09-08-2022
Tuesday
SOS Tutorials
10-08-2022
Wednesday
Helen Hester - Critical Practice Lecture
11-08-2022
Thursday
Technical Workshop - Game Engines
12-08-2022
Friday
SOS Tutorials
W3 Project Reviews *
10.00-18.00
> 18.30
15-08-2022
Monday
16-08-2022
Tuesday
SOS Tutorials
17-08-2022
Wednesday
Dr John Walter - Finance Lecture
18-08-2022
Thursday
Technical Workshop - 3D Animation
19-08-2022
Friday
Project Reviews
W4 Exhibition *
10.00-18.00
> 18.30
22-08-2022
Monday
23-08-2022
Tuesday
SOS Tutorials
24-08-2022
Wednesday
Exhibition Prep
TBC - Finance Lecture
25-08-2022
Thursday
Exhibition Prep
26-08-2022
Friday
Exhibition Prep
Exhibition Opening!
SOS
Technical Workshop
Lecture
Reviews
Exhibition
Private View
*
Indicative timetabling displayed, subject to change.
SOS is looking for 12 creative young minds that want to challenge society’s norms. The course is demanding in design and theory and therefore asks that applicants have some prior knowledge of the Architecture, Design or Art disciplines. Students must be engaged with contemporary affairs and feel confident speaking to a class of their peers on their own views.

What's in the Application Form?

In our application form we ask applicants to describe three contemporary social or political issues that they may wish to explore during the course. Applicants are asked to describe each issue through a reference image (not their own work) and a 100 word caption. Applicants will also be able to upload examples of their own work to a seperate section.

While we ask for current and completed education and relevant work experience to date, we will not assess applications based on this. We are looking for participants that can think critically around issues affecting society today.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Part of our mission is to increase accessibility and diversity in the fields of critical politically and socially active design. SOS believes that the increased presence of minority groups enriches the field, we strive to promote diversity and inclusivity in all forms and would encourage those from underrepresented groups in the fields of Art, Design and Architecture to apply for SOS-22.


Click here to access the SOS-22 Application Form

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 12 Midnight 24 June 2022.
Applications sent after the deadline will not be considered.