Showcasing and promoting design in the North of England, Design Event kicks off in two weeks time, running October 14-18 2011. ARTS THREAD previews the highlights.
Design Event MART is the festival’s flagship exhibition and takes place at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. Twenty two designers have been selected this year and for the first time, the scope of the festival extends to designers from the whole of the north of England.
ARTS THREAD picked up on the work of Catherine Pickering, ceramics graduate from Sunderland University, as well as Hannah Wales, whose mug sleeves we came across at New Designers this summer, as a graduating student in Furniture and Product Design at Northumbria University. Look out also for design studios such as Deadgood, Lazarian Design and REthinkthings.
A new addition to the festival programme is Design Event Presents, located within Design Event MART. Eight designers were commissioned by the festival to create an exclusive edition of a new retail product, with the results ranging from Reluctant Hero’s wood-etched installations and Claire Baker’s military-inspired jewellery to David Irwin’s reworking of the miner’s Davy lamp and Neil Conley’s homage to Thomas Edison’s filament bulb.
Also at the BALTIC look out for First Hand by the Royal College of Art, the first collection of commercial products to be produced by the college’s Design Products course. Set up last year, professor Tord Boontje and senior tutor Gareth Williams pick pieces by recent graduates and design partnership El Ultimo Grito.
Just up from his success at London’s Outline Editions, based in Soho, see ARTS THREAD’s review, Noma Bar brings his DIY dog-shaped embossing machine Cut It Out to the BALTIC.
Lots of events are taking place around Newcastle, ARTS THREAD’s favourite is Designers Marketplace taking place October 15 and 16 at The Holy Biscuit, with a wide variety of products on sale including fashion, accessories, art, photography, textiles, prints, illustration, homeware, stationary, ceramics and much more.
Visit the Design Event site for full listings of the festival running October 14-18 2011.