Helen Arvanitakis, Design District Director
Drawing on a wealth of experience gained working as a consultant to creative businesses, as well as time spent managing the design studio at Tom Dixon, Helen is now bringing her talent for enabling creatives to the thinking behind the Design District. Like the rest of the team, Helen is ardent about the district's potential for nurturing strong, productive communities.
‘The Design District is all about community,’ she says. ‘No community, no Design District — just a collection of spaces rented to people.’ Aware that such sentiments are easy to dismiss, Helen stresses the need for this process to be honest and helpful: ‘Not just lip service,’ she vows.
Referring to a tradition of creative industries being reluctant to share — perhaps the fault of a pervasive individualism in arts education — Helen sees enormous value in a place where diverse practices come together and overlap. ‘I feel we never stop learning,’ she enthuses, ‘and who better to learn from, perhaps, than someone who's not in your industry, but rather just on the edge of it, at the periphery. That’s where new and exciting things happen, and that is everything the Design District is about.’