Onkar Kular


The Design
Visiting address
Kristinelundsgatan 6-8
41137 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 131
40530 Göteborg

About Onkar Kular

Onkar Kular is Professor of Design Interventions at HDK Valand, Academy of Art & Design at the University of Gothenburg. His research is disseminated internationally through exhibitions, education and publications. From 2008- 2015, Onkar led the postgraduate design programme Platform 13 at the Royal College of Art, London, an interdisciplinary platform that explored the role of design within political and economic systems, culture and society. His work is in the collection of the CNAP, France, and the Crafts Council, UK. He has guest- curated exhibitions for The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, Karachi, and the Crafts Council, UK. Between 2014 and 2016 he was a Stanley Picker Fellow at Kingston University, UK and he is the co-organizer of the educational framework Night School on Anarres. In 2017 he was the artistic director of the first Gothenburg Design Festival, Open Week.

From 2018-2021, Onkar developed the public usership model and residency programme Allmänningen (The Common Room) at the University of Gothenburg and together with Henric Benesch is the organiser of the practice-based platform The Right to design, which has the dual aim of understanding the entangled historic and contemporary relationship between design and rights and further claiming ‘design’ itself as a special kind of right that is accessible beyond class background, gender, race, age and disability.

In 2022, Onkar was the co-director of the Luleå Art Biennial.