The Cheltenham Design Foundation

The Cheltenham Design Foundation is a charity established by a group of design professionals to promote the benefits of creativity for all. It examines how original thinking can affect our lives through live events and a free design school, bringing creativity to a wide audience.

Our History

In 2009, a group of design professionals living and working in Gloucestershire founded the Cheltenham Design Foundation.

Operating as a charity, the Foundation is committed to promoting the benefits of design and creativity to people from all backgrounds, from design professionals to the general public and the designers of the future.

Through 2 strands – a Design Festival and a Design Academy – the Foundation shows how original thinking changes lives, improves wellbeing and enhances prosperity.

The Design Festival

In its relatively short life, the Foundation has organised 3 major design festivals as well as a ‘Summer Series’, bringing world-class speakers from many areas of the creative sphere to a wide audience eager to discover how design can change our lives for the better.

The Design Academy

The Design Academy, the Foundation’s free Saturday school for young people, gives 14-16 year olds the opportunity to explore a wide range of creative subjects under the guidance of professional designers.

Since its inception, the Foundation has received generous financial support from a variety of sponsors, large and small.

Our Future

“We believe design can change the world for the better and transform lives.”

Since 2009 we've...


Educated Creativity to Over 300 Students

The Design Academy has a total commitment to the next generation of creative thinkers.

Over 8000 people have come together to debate design.

Our 3-day Design Festivals have brought together over 8000 people to debate and explore the future of design.


Now, The Cheltenham Design foundation looks to the future.

It’s time for us to evolve and open up the possibilities of creativity beyond Cheltenham.

We won’t be forgetting our roots, rather, we’ll be building upon our legacy.

Our evolution begins with a change of name… As of September 2018 ‘The Cheltenham Design Foundation’ will become ‘design can…’

Our new brand will roll out as of September 2018, to keep upto speed head here - designcan.org