Architect behind the Eden Project and Waterloo International Terminal will work with biennial NOISE Festival, which offers young designers from across Europe the chance to gain recognition and job opportunities by entering their work for free on an ePortfolio website
By Cate St.Hill
Picture: Sebastian Peiter
Sir Nicholas Grimshaw has been chosen as Architecture & Interior Design Curator for NOISE Festival 2014, and will handpick entries and offer career guidance and mentorship to undiscovered creative talent as part of the role.
The biennial NOISE Festival offers young designers from across Europe the chance to gain recognition and job opportunities by entering their work for free on an ePortfolio website.
Grimshaw, the British architect behind the Eden Project and London's Waterloo International Terminal, will rate online entries submitted to the website and give mentorship to his top five choices.
He hopes the scheme will open up career opportunities to the next generation of architects and designers: 'I am here to support the NOISE idea about encouraging young creative people to send in their work for consideration and judging; who I will help to pursue their careers and mentor at the end of the whole process.
'The most important thing is not to be proud; you have to take on anything whether it is a bus shelter or a bike store for a local school. There is nothing however small that you cannot use some design ability on.'
Grimshaw joins a line-up of high-profile curators across 14 categories such as Fashion, Fine Art, Photography, Graphics and Film, including fashion designer Giles Deacon and cartoonist Gerald Scarfe CBE.
There will be a Q&A webinar broadcast live on March 26, for which 8 artists will be selected at random to put forward questions to Grimshaw.
The festival is open to all ages and the call for submissions is open now until late spring 2014. Enter here: NOISEfestival.com/Festival/2014