The RCA / Eddie Mundy ‘Brilliant’ Award supports an exceptional graduate from the Royal College of Art (RCA) Design Products course. The residency is a partnership between Cove Park, the RCA and the Eddie Mundy ‘Brilliant’ Award.

Since studying product design at Brunel University in 2009, Alex Bygrave has practised as a design engineer. Working within both design consultancies and art studios across London he has helped to develop a range of art installations, and experiences with Troika, United Visual Artists and WILL.I.AM. for galleries/spaces such as the Barbican, Design Museum, the Royal Society of Art and Selfridges in London. Alex’s design practice is grounded in research and focussed upon environmental issues.

Current work initiated at the RCA explores how life on urban canals, rivers and waterways might transition from one of the most polluting modes of urban living (per m2) to one of the most sustainable. Informed by our near certain future of land lost to water (or sometimes water), rising population in cities, a present shortage of affordable housing and the dire need to reduce consumption; the project aims to provide a platform to communicate and explore a future of urban living with water, whilst also helping to address the present day environmental impact of life on the waterways.
His work was nominated for both the Helen Hamlyn and Lucien Day Foundation awards.