Northern Design Festival Returns this November

Posted October 12, 2017 at 12:30 pm in Design, News

THE NORTHERN Design Festival opens next month with the theme Material Matters. The festival comprises of exhibitions, talks and workshops and is curated by Design Event, a non-profit arts enterprise which supports artists and designers working throughout the north of England, and organise the festival to promote and sell their work.

This year’s festival will showcase over 50 designers in nine exhibitions and prominent artists in the fashion, textiles, illustration, architecture, ceramics, furniture and lighting industries will show alongside local young creatives. The Material Matters exhibition features fashion, interior and graphic design by Newcastle college students, and the Chairs and Lamps exhibition will present work by the 3D Design students of Northumbria University.

Festival Director Karen Nairstone with 2017 designs at the Assembly House. Photograph courtesy of Sasa Savic

The festival will be held predominantly at The Assembly House in Newcastle, as well as five other venues across Newcastle and Gateshead.

Low Ken Stool and Circular Harry Table by Godfrey Syrett featured in the Design Source exhibition

Events will begins with Design NOW, a one-day symposium held in partnership with the Northern Design Centre and supported by Different, Newcastle College and G.F Smith. Speakers include graphic designer, artist and printmaker Anthony Burrill and graphic designer, speaker and writer Sarah Hyndman.

Scheduled tours and talks include BoConcept Newcastle, who will be sharing insights into their use of heritage materials for individuality and customisation.

Jewellery by Chloe Lewis featured in the Design Source exhibition 

New to the schedule this year is Design Source, a selling exhibition for interior design buyers and professionals curated by a panel of industry experts.

by Rosie Byers

Northern Design opens on November 3 until November 8, from 10-5pm. For full programme and venue details visit here

Tickets are £2.50 for unlimited exhibition entry, or free for under 18s and staff places on educational group visits. Early Bird tickets for Design NOW are available for purchase from here for £53.

The Northern Design Festival is organised in partnership with Newcastle College, Northumbria University and Cleveland College of Art & Design. It is also funded by brands including BoConcept, Ryder, NBS and GF Smith, industry bodies Arts Council England, the RIBA and UK Crafts Council, and regional businesses including Northern Design Centre, Abercrombies, Cool Blue, RASKL, Newcastle Arts Centre, Different, Potts Printers, Durham Gin, and creative agency JUMP.

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