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We are looking for a positive, enthusiastic person with excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, who shares our pasion for good design and  is able to manage their own workload and work well as part of a team. The successful candidate will have an enthusiasm for design, managing exhibitions and events and a commitment to doing things well. The post is to support the Northern Design Festival which this year runs 3-8 November.

Criteria:

  • Experience of developing and installing exhibitions
  • Experience of design exhibitions – both product and graphics / illustration
  • Strong administrative skills
  • Excellent IT skills including Word and Excel
  • Design skills desirable (InDesign, Adobe Photoshop)
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent time management
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team
  • Ability to work flexible hours over the festival and install/breakdown period 23 October -17 November (festival dates are 3-8 November)
  • Methodical worker
  • Ability to carry out moderate physical tasks

CORE TASKS

Events / Exhibitions

Supporting on all aspects of events and exhibitions

  • Agreeing works for exhibitions
  • Designing exhibition layouts
  • Liaising with exhibitors and designers on delivery and collection of works
  • Managing associated admin, – loan agreements, delivery notes, condition reports
  • Exhibition installation with Design Event team.
  • Co-ordinating signage
  • Preparation of exhibition interpretation panels
  • Curating pop up shop
  • Managing retail display and information
  • Managing pop up shop stock and sales systems
  • Supporting invigilation of exhibitions and events with Design Event team

Support with logistics for talks and symposium

  • Organising travel and accommodation for speakers
  • Liaising with venue on event logistics and catering
  • Liaising with event partners

Administrative

  • General administrative support to the Design Event team
  • Liaising with event partners, designers, volunteers and venues

The post is from 17th July – 17th November 3 days per week with some additional days during period 1st – 8th November.

Salary is £17,000 – £20,000 pro rata’d dependent on experience.

To Apply :

Please send covering letter and CV outlining your skills and experience relevant to the post, to Karen Nairstone – Karen@design-event.co.uk Deadline 26th June 2017.

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Our next Design Talk is with world-renowned typographer, designer and letterpress practitioner Alan Kitching.

Alan’s career began as an apprentice compositor in 1956 and led to establishing his own design practice in London in 1973. The Typography Workshop began in Clerkenwell in 1989 and Alan’s collaboration with designer and writer Celia Stothard followed in 1994 resulting in various joint projects, teaching workshops and the purchase of letterpress materials. Together they established The Typography Workshop printroom and studio in Lambeth in 2005.

Alan was appointed Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) and elected member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 1994. He was made Fellow of the Royal College of Art (FRCA) in 1998, and Visiting Professor at the London Institute (University of the Arts London) in 2001.

Through the traditional techniques of letterpress printing, employing wood and metal type, relief printing processes and an assortment of presses, Alan produces unique graphic images which have featured on postage stamps, theatre posters and billboards as well as compositions for corporate identities, magazine and book covers, and illustrations. In some instances his images have been printed as multiples in small editions.

29 June 2017

18:00 – 20:00

Northern Design Centre

Hawks Road

Gateshead

NE8 3DF

Tickets £6-£7.50 BUY TICKETS

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Design Source is a curated exhibition of the best design-led furniture, surface, textile, lighting, illustration, ceramics, product, jewellery, fashion accessory and print-based design from across the North of England. The Exhibition is part of the Northern Design Festival in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Northern Design Festival champions good design across disciplines including architecture, graphics, surface, product design and fashion; engaging industry, makers, individuals, students and young people in a range of events from exhibitions and installations to talks, tours and our Design NOW symposium.

We are pleased to announce the open call for submissions of work to be included in the exhibition. Design Event invites submissions of innovative and high quality design-led work from furniture, surface, textile, lighting, illustration, product, jewellery and fashion accessory designers and makers based in the North East, North West and Yorkshire & Humber.

Design Source takes over from the Design Event MART as the curated selling exhibition showcasing the best in contemporary design from the North of England. It forms the cornerstone of the Northern Design Festival, which over the last 10 years has attracted over 250,000 visitors.

The Venue

This year’s exhibition takes place in the stunning grade II* listed Assembly House in Newcastle’s city centre. In 2016 exhibiting designers had sales of over £30,000 and a number of commissioned projects with Architects and specifiers alongside private commissions. The event has received extensive coverage in regional and national press including Design Week,  Cool Hunting, Homes and Gardens, Living Etc, On Office, Telegraph, Sunday Times, Financial Times, and Guardian.

Benefits

Selected designers will receive:

  • a dedicated exhibition space from 3-8 November with a VIP opening event on 2 November
  • The opportunity to present their work to architects at the Architects’ breakfast
  • The opportunity to meet commissioners and potential buyers
  • inclusion in Design Event extensive national and regional press campaign
  • coverage through Design Event e-bulletins and social media activity
  • consideration for Design Event Awards 2017
  • 100% of sales of exhibition works made at the exhibition
  • 60% of sales of additional shop pieces
  • exposure to regional commissioners, specifiers, retailers and buyers
  • inclusion in web directory on Design Event website for 1 year

Work submitted:

– can relate to any design discipline, provided that products are design-led and have a high quality finish

– should not have been widely exhibited in the North of England or as part of previous Northern Design Festival

–must represent the designer’s original ideas and be non-derivative

Submission and Selection

Applications must be submitted by 15 May 2017

Selected designers will be informed by 10 June 2017

Selected designers must submit a high quality image of their product by 1 July 2017

How to Apply

To apply for Design Source, please produce a powerpoint presentation to the specifications below and send to karen@design-event.co.uk by 15 May 2017

Application Format

Slide 1: Personal details

Include: your name, company, telephone number, email address, website, postal address, and postcode

Slides 2-3: About you

Please tell us a little about yourself and your practice. Include information such as the materials/tools/techniques you work with, your previous projects and your particular interests/sources of inspiration

Slide 4: About your product

Please tell us about the product(s)/prototype(s) installation you propose to show.  Include:

Product name / Product type / Materials used

Making/manufacturing technique or process

Concept/ intended use

Production stage (prototype / complete?)

Any environmental/sustainability issues that your product addresses

Expected retail selling price

Any supporting process information that could be presented alongside the finished work – prototypes, material samples, sketches, models

Any further information you feel is relevant

You may submit up to 6 products/ranges for consideration, provided they meet the criteria described above. If you are submitting more than one product/range for consideration, please provide a separate block of information about each

Slide 5: Other exhibition experience/press. Please list :

any exhibitions your work has been featured in over the last 24 months.

any press coverage that your work has received in the last 24 months

any exhibitions that your work is due to feature in before November 2017

Slide 6-11: Images

Please supply a maximum of 6 different images of your product(s).  If your products are still in development, good quality sketches or CAD images are acceptable.

Please only supply images to which you hold the copyright or rights for reproduction and ensure details of the photographer are clearly stated, if necessary.

Please note: Design Event will assume any photography supplied to us will have your copyright permission to use for press/reproduction purposes. If your work is selected, product images supplied may also be used on Design Event website or other promotional material.

The exhibitor is responsible for any copyright issues which may arise from publication.

Terms and conditions

  1. Design Event will cover the costs of the exhibition including exhibition build, graphics, promotion, staffing.
  2. Design Event will undertake a national and regional PR campaign
  3. Design Event will design, curate and install the exhibition
  4. Designers will be able to show up to 7 products (selected by Design Event) and have selected products available for sale in a pop-up shop alongside
  5. All products exhibited and available for sale will be selected and displayed by Design Event
  6. Exhibiting designers will be required to pay an exhibitor fee of £175.  Full payment or a 50% instalment of the fee must be paid within 6 weeks of receiving an offer to exhibit.
  7. We have a small number of bursaries for designers in their first 3 years of practice at £100 each.
  8. Exhibiting designers will retain 100% of sales of exhibition pieces made as part of the exhibition. Additional pieces may be selected for the pop up shop and Design Event will take 40% commission on these additional selected pieces.
  9. Exhibiting designers will be responsible for bringing their products to the exhibition venue and removing them at the close of the exhibition at dates and times agreed with Design Event
  10. Exhibiting designers will be responsible for providing images of their work and information on themselves and their practice for marketing and interpretation purposes.  This information is to be provided in a timely manner and in the specified format
  11. If possible exhibitors will be present for the duration of the exhibition.
keith and mark minimoderns landscape

Four prolific designers will be returning to the North East this spring for a series of talks with Design Event and the Northern Design Centre.

The talks series follows on from the hugely successful Design NOW symposium in October 2016 as part of the Northern Design Festival which also took place at the Northern Design Centre.

Councillor Gary Haley, Gateshead Council Cabinet Member for Economy said: “Showcasing successful design entrepreneurs is exactly the type of activity the Northern Business Centre was conceived for. It not only has high quality event spaces to host innovative and thought provoking talks like this, but it’s also home to some of the best design talent in the digital and creative sector in our region.”

First up will be Bryan Edmondson, who, after studying graphic design at Newcastle polytechnic moved to London and in 1996 established the renowned design consultancy SEA.

Karen Nairstone director of Design Event said “ Its great to be working with the Northern Design Centre following on from the hugely successful Design NOW symposium which created a real buzz. We are excited to be bringing outstanding speakers to the region to share their insights”

Other designers in the series include Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire who studied at Newcastle Polytechnic and Newcastle University and went on to launch the iconic Mini Moderns in 2006, an interiors brand specialising in applied pattern across a range of products including wallpapers, fabrics, cushions, enamelware and ceramics.

Programme:

15 February 2017 – Bryan Edmondson, SEA

30 March 2017 – Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire, Mini Moderns

More to be announced..

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We are very excited to be working once again with the Crafts Council on their Hothouse Programme. As the Crafts Council’s creative and business development programme for up-and-coming makers; Hothouse has quickly established itself as a gold-standard professional development programme. Over the last five years more than 200 participants have taken part in the programme with 90% of makers in 2016 stating that the programme had enabled them to think differently about the direction of their career.

This year the Crafts Council has partnered with 24 organisations across England and Scotland including Manchester School of Art, Craft Scotland, University of Brighton,  The National Centre for Craft and Design and Design Event. The 35 maker businesses selected already display a high level of technical craftsmanship and originality. Hothouse will further equip them with the business and creative skills needed to run a successful and sustainable craft business.

Participants from the North include Christina Hesford a hand-weaver based in Stockton on Tees. Her work explores the traces and experiences of humanity’s passage on Earth using materials ranging from hand-dyed silk and linen, to de-commissioned fire hoses.