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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.
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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.

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Often described as ‘cult Brit homewares brand’,Mini Moderns was established in 2006 byLondon based designers, Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire.
The brand specialises in applied pattern across a range of products including wallpapers,fabrics, cushions, bedding and ceramics. A recently launched colour collection made from recycled paint complements the growing range.

The duo’s design influences encompass mid-century British textiles, ceramics and collectibles. Sharing a passion for social history, their work is often informed by childhood memories, literature and travel. As well as launching their own collections,
Mini Moderns work on a number of commissions, including recent collaborations with the Courtauld Gallery, Southbank Centre, National Theatre and the London Transport Museum.

They uniquely create ‘pattern with a story’ where all their pattern designs are created with a strong personal narrative.

Mark and Keith’s collective design experience spans fashion, product and interiors, as well as corporate branding and design. Keith’s graphic design degree took him into the world of fashion, where he held senior creative roles at Pepe Jeans London, Dr Martens and Red or Dead. Mark’s journey took a more circuitous route. Armed with a degree in English Literature, he worked in publishing and children’s television before establishing himself as a designer maker, eventually sidestepping into branding. The pair met whilst working in a London branding and design agency.
Finding the world of corporate design too restrictive, Mark and Keith followed their joint passion for interiors, reigniting people’s interest in wallpaper design with their first collection. What was originally intended as a creative outlet quickly established itself as a successful business, and Mini Moderns now sells throughout Europe, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.

Key to the brand’s success are the long term relationships forged with trusted suppliers, helping to support UK business whenever possible. Products created in this way bear the standard: ‘Made in the UK by nice people’. Recently the design duo have worked with licence partners such as Wild & Wolf, Ulster Weavers, The Window Film Company, Vlaze, John Lewis and KMI Brands.

The brand has just celebrated ‘10 years of Pattern with a Story’, and Keith and Mark will be talking about the development of Mini Moderns from its launch in 2006 to the iconic brand it is today.

When : 30 March 2017 18:00 – 20:00
Where : Northern Design Centre, Hawks Road, Gateshead, NE8 3DF

Tickets : £7.50 / students £6.00

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The 2016 Northern Design Festival has drawn to a close. It’s been a packed 10 days with exhibitions at the Assembly House, Cooper’s Studios and 11 Grey Street, some fantastic talks, tours and events, plus our first ever Design NOW symposium.

If you came to any part of this year’s festival we’d love to hear what you thought so that we can make it even better next year.

Please spare a few minutes to complete our short survey – everyone who completes one will be entered into a free prize draw* to win a tile by Electrik Sheep (shown above), the winners of this year’s award for Most Innovative Product, presented by NBS.

Complete the survey.

*A winner will be drawn at random, from everyone who completed either an online survey or a paper survey during the festival, on 4 November 2016.