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Phenomenal young designers selected for exchange programme

Tuesday, 29 October 2019  
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Four phenomenal young designers from Cape Town have just jetted off to Wuhan in China on an all-expenses paid exchange programme that forms part of the UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network. The young designers were selected through a rigorous selection process by the Cape Town UNESCO Creative Cities Network Steering Committee. The committee includes representatives from the City of Cape Town, the Craft and Design Institute, Western Cape Provincial Government, and the UCT Design School. 

Cape Town and Wuhan, both classified as design cities, are collaborating on the Wuhan African Young Designers Training Programme. This initiative gives life to the UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network. It offers the designers a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in a high-impact, design-focussed learning experience. The Wuhan Design City partners will fund the travel and training costs of the four chosen designers, to be held in Wuhan from 28 October to 11 November 2019.

Primrose Chimhanda, is a 28-year-old Surface Designer who runs her own small business. The youngest of the four, Gytha Lategan (22), is an Industrial Design student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Scott Lenton is 29 years old and is a Candidate Architect with ARG Design. 25-year-old Sean Meyer is a young architect with Meyer & Associates.

The young designers have commented that the opportunity provided will help grow their design practice, life experiences and global network in immeasurable ways. They are extremely excited and look forward to the journey ahead. Each one has a specific need in expanding their knowledge within their field.

"As a student of Industrial Design, I have spent the last four years learning about and exploring new technologies, processes and materials. Although, I have always been particularly passionate about craft preservation. Being selected to go to China to learn more about traditional craft and how it is balanced within their ever-changing and developing society is unbelievable! I recognise that I am young and still have a lot to learn. I am therefore honoured to be afforded this opportunity and look forward to sharing with and learning from designers from cities around the world."
Gytha Lategan

"It is an incredible honour to have been selected as a designer representing the City of Cape Town at this programme in Wuhan. My goal is to absorb as much knowledge as I possibly can and to apply and share the lessons learned with the design community/industry in Cape Town upon my return."
Primrose Chimhanda


"I am extremely excited to be visiting a city as old and steeped in cultural and historic significance as Wuhan.
I think that being able to learn lessons from how architecture and urban public design have been undertaken in the east would be interesting to contrast with an African understanding of the same fields of interest. This opportunity of being able to participate in a workshop abroad with like-minded individuals will be a pivotal point in my journey as a young architect and urban designer, and one that I will never forget."

Scott Lenton


"I am grateful and honoured to be chosen as one of the design ambassadors to represent the City of Cape Town in Wuhan, China for this once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in this exchange programme.
I am looking forward to exploring how architecture can prompt creative strategies, enabling people to transform given spaces in ways that enhance their lives. I would like to thank the City of Cape Town for this opportunity, this will undoubtedly be an invaluable experience, which will definitely steer my young design career on a prosperous and aspiring path."

ean Meyer

“On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I would like to congratulate Primrose, Gytha, Scott and Sean on being selected to participate in this incredible programme. We are proud that you will be our design ambassadors,” said Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management

“I am proud to say Cape Town is the first city in Africa to be named a UNESCO City of Design that is recognised for its contribution to local and global design. Cape Town is fast emerging as the focal point of design activity on the African continent. In my view, creative industries and design in particular, can make Cape Town based products and services more competitive locally and globally. As such, design, a component of the creative and cultural sector, has been identified by the City as a tool for unlocking the value of innovation and a competitive advantage to help drive economic growth.

“We are committed to promoting and developing cultural and creative industries. The value of the creative industries cannot be pigeon-holed into the narrow confines of economic impact alone but has a significant and broader societal value that helps us navigate the rich territories of our heritage, values and culture,” added
Alderman Vos.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network has an objective to foster international cooperation with and between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and cultural vibrancy in line with the New Urban Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


Getting settled in Wuhan - the four young designers arrived to a warm welcome.


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