Workshops and creative seminars

Zlin Design Week boasts a rich educational program for professionals and the general public – whether through private, professional workshops or a creative program for children, adults, and seniors.  Creative seminars and workshops for the public are realized in cooperation with our partners, local studios, and a platform dedicated to children’s education – Designéři dětem.


Workshop: Speculative design as a tool for the debate on young people’s mental health

The speculative design workshop will focus on bringing together design theory and practice with application to relevant and current mental health challenges for young people, particularly those with ADHD or anxiety. Participants will learn about speculative design principles and how they can be used in the public sector, emphasizing creative thinking and innovative approaches to problem-solving. The practical part of the workshop will involve working with speculative technologies and tools in dystopian scenarios that reflect the current needs of young people. The aim is to explore possible futures alongside finding ways to apply these speculations to current challenges to promote better understanding and solutions to mental health problems.

This workshop will be led by Roman Sellner Novotný and Veronika Sellner. Roman Sellner Novotný is a designer and lecturer at the Department of Information Studies and Librarianship at the Faculty of Arts in Brno, where he teaches courses focused on sustainable and responsible service design. As part of his PhD studies in Digital Culture and Creative Industries, he is working on utilizing speculative and transitive design in the public sector, specifically in mental health. Veronika Sellner is a researcher at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Technology in Brno and a PhD student in Digital Culture and Creative Industries at Masaryk University, focusing on art and media theory. Her research interests include contemporary art practice, critical posthumanism, co-creation with non-human actors and objects, and post-disciplinary collaboration. In addition to research, she has experience in its evaluation and management, coordinates the activities of the Research Centre of the FaVU BUT, and works in the House of International Cooperation.

  • When: Monday, May 13, from 9:00 to 12:00
  • Place: premises of the Arts management studio (Univerzitní street 2431, 760 01 Zlín)
  • Duration of the workshop: 3 hrs.
  • The workshop will be led by Roman Sellner Novotný and Veronika Sellner
  • Capacity: 15 persons
  • Entrance: 150 CZK

Crafting Tomorrow: Discovering DIY materials and their properties

The workshop focuses on creating DIY (do-it-yourself) materials and exploring their possibilities. These materials offer the opportunity to rethink existing manufacturing processes and the properties of industrialized materials to create a personal and personal experience of making. During the workshop, participants will learn how to extract pigments from different rocks and minerals and then use these pigments to experiment with printing, dyeing textiles, as well as creating DIY bioplastics. The emphasis will be on the process of making and interacting with the material itself to discover and understand its properties, which are variable and often unpredictable. The workshop is, therefore, not only about the practical part but also about speculating together about the future of materials.

Petra Vicianová is a graduate of Design School Kolding in Denmark, where she studied the Design for Planet master’s program, focusing on approaches to sustainability in design. Nowadays, as part of her Ph.D. studies at the Textile Design Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, she is exploring the possibility of natural dyeing, which allows her to further understand the process of creating with unknown and future-changing materials. Petra is also actively trying to open discussions on rethinking the social approach to textile materials and their properties.

  • When: Tuesday, May 14, from 9:00 to 12:00
  • Where: Building 44,  Svit complex (Vavrečkova 7029, Zlín)
  • Length of workshop: 3h
  • The workshop will be led by: Petra Vicianová
  • Capacity: limited to one class
  • Admission: 100 CZK /student

Workshops and creative seminars for schools and the public

Creative workshop ROBOTA

The creative workshop ROBOTA is run by the Tomas Bata University in Zlín. The workshop supports and develops creativity and artistic potential and aims to create a space where education, creativity, and inspiration meet. In short, ROBOTA is a technological workshop where creativity has no limits. The workshop has prepared several sessions to coincide with Zlin Design Week.

Creative workshops for primary and secondary schools

The Creative Workshop Robota will open its studio for 1.5 hours for primary and secondary school students. The workshop program will be tailored to the specific class and students. Students can try out a range of new technologies and take away something they make themselves.

When: Friday, May 10, 8:30 – 10:00 and 10:30 – 12:00
Where: Building 44, Svit complex (Vavrečkova 7029, Zlín)

Creative Workshop Robota: Practical use of digital technologies in art

The workshop Practical Use of Digital Technologies in Art will introduce various digital tools and techniques for creating artworks and allow participants to experiment with prototypes and technologies such as 3D scanners, printers, lasers, and plotters.

When: Monday, May 13, from 9:00 to 13:00
Where: Building 44, Svit complex (Vavrečkova 7029, Zlín)
Lead by: Jan Veselský
Capacity: 10 people
Entrance: free of charge
You can reserve the workshop via email

Platform Designéři dětem

The whole world is designed. To understand it and to be more responsive to ourselves, our environment, and our planet in the future, we need to understand design. The Designéři Dětem platform seeks to connect designers with children because they believe that design is a powerful creative tool that can develop children’s competencies towards critical and creative thinking, visual and media literacy, imagination, and participation. Design can be an enriching experience for children, but it can also help parents and schools to open their horizons. The workshop aims to perceive waste as a resource for creative work and to learn new artistic techniques (recycling, upcycling) in creating usable and artistic objects.

Saturdays open creative workshop Designéři dětem

Workshop participants will take on the role of superheroes from the future of 2080 and will have to build a better world. However, they will have only shoeboxes and a few small items to remind them of the past glory of the shoe metropolis. There are no limits to creativity, and each box can contain a new life, new family, new house, new garden, or a whole new being.

When: Saturday, May 11 from 10:00 to 16:00
Where: Komenského Park, Café 204
The workshop will be led by Kateřina Přidalová and Martina Hamouzová
Entrance: free

Sundays open creative workshop Designéři dětem

Workshop participants are transported to a future where the heat is infinite and without living beings. Their task will be to design new beings and create a new civilization. To embody a futuristic existence, participants will make a cardboard book and use leftover materials to breathe life into the new beings.

When: Sunday, May 12 from 10:00 to 14:00
Where: Komenského Park, Café 204
The workshop will be led by Kateřina Přidalová and Martina Hamouzová
Entrance: free

Educational programs for the main exhibition Future is! for primary and secondary schools

The festival’s main exhibition presents current projects addressing questions of the future and reflecting current needs about the positive development of our environment and life.This exhibition will be accompanied by educational programs for students in the 8th and 9th grades of primary schools and all grades of secondary schools who are not neglectful of our future. The educative program will be led by an experienced lecturer, Robert Spurný, who is devoted to creating and leading lecturing programs in an area of design and art at the Moravian Gallery in Brno. The program will last 1.5 hours.

  • Dates: Monday, May 13th, and Tuesday, May 14th, always at 8:30, 10:30, and 13:00
  • Place: the Zlín Castle, Soudní 1, 760 01 Zlín 1
  • Capacity per program: 25 students
  • Admission is free for students and teachers.
  • To book an educational program, contact