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Northern Design Festival 2017 Partners

We couldn’t bring you the 2017 Northern Design Festival without the support of our partners. This year’s festival is supported by the following organisations, all of which champion great design.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions and develops art and culture across the country, investing public money to help bring great art and culture to everyone. This year’s Northern Design Festival is supported by Arts Council England and we are also working with the following partners.

Festival partners

Newcastle College 

Newcastle College delivers art and design courses in its purpose built Mandela Building, where students have access to first class facilities including fully equipped design studios; a ceramics studio; inspiring drawing, painting and sculpture studios; a dedicated art and design library and resource area; fully equipped wood and metal workshops with CNC and laser cutting facilities; and a screen printing studio.

JUMP

JUMP is a full-service creative agency based here in the North East. As well as creating the identity for this year’s Northern Design Festival, they have worked with clients including the National Trust, the People’s Theatre and NE1.

Cleveland College of Art and Design

Cleveland College of Art and Design offers unique creative degrees supported by the highest quality of teaching and a community in which to develop as a successful artist or designer. Their unique, extensive, dedicated facilities provide students with the best opportunity to excel.

Newcastle Arts Centre

Newcastle Arts Centre Limited was founded as an arts development company in 1981. Since then it has brought back to use a group of nine abandoned buildings in the city centre, including our Festival venue The Assembly House, and has provided home for dozens of arts related companies. Newcastle Arts Centre now has 89,000 visitors a year, making it one of the most active independent arts centres in England.

Crafts Council
The Crafts Council has been supporting makers for over four decades. Their new programme is a bespoke offer of day-long or half-day learning opportunities throughout the country. Workshops strike a balance between information-led and practical training, always in a friendly, open atmosphere that encourages discussion and informal networking.

RIBA

RIBA champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture. RIBA North East acts as a co-ordinating body between chartered architects, allied building professionals and the public in the North East. The overarching aim is the advancement of architecture and the delivery of high standards of design and fitness for purpose within the built environment.

Durham Gin

This small-batch craft distillery creates hand-crafted spirits using traditional methods, for people who care about the provenance, quality, and craft of the products they consume.

Potts Print 

Potts Print (UK) delivers carbon balanced lithographic and customised digital print services to the UK & Europe from its HQ in Cramlington, Northumberland.

Ryder

Ryder’s goal is simple – to improve the quality of the world around us and, in doing so, improve people’s lives.  An approach embedded in the origins of Ryder which remains a touchstone today.

Design NOW symposium partners

Northern Design Centre

A dedicated space for creative and design-led businesses in the North East, the Northern Design Centre will host Design NOW, our inspiring design symposium.

Different

Different are a creative marketing group, specialising in brand, insight and digital marketing services. Different believe that working together, we make a difference; because nobody knows everything, but together we know a lot. Different solve complex business problems, through collaboration and smart thinking.  Headquartered in Newcastle, clients include Sky, L’Oreal and Sage.

G.F. Smith

G.F. Smith paper merchants was founded in 1885 by George Frederick Smith, a man with a singular passion for paper who sought out the finest manufacturers of his day. Today, G.F. Smith retains his passion for paper and its possibilities.

Design Source Partners

Abercrombies

Established in 1986, Abercrombies undertake interior design and decoration projects in commercial and residential areas and sectors. The Jesmond showroom is an unrivalled source of both historical and contemporary fabrics and wall coverings.

Cool Blue

This multi-award winning, integrated marketing agency believe that great design improves everything and have designed brands and campaigns for Barker & Stonehouse, Matthew Williamson, Huntsman and Story Homes, amongst others.

NBS

NBS is committed to offering distinctive, innovative specification and information solutions to construction industry professionals and are proud to be leading the construction industry in its digital evolution. Combining world leading technology with expert knowledge, NBS is trusted to help construction industry professionals make the best project decisions.

RASKL

RASKL use their wealth of experience in design, furniture making and engineering to create bespoke design-led furniture, products and 3D solutions. Each highly unique and beautiful product is manufactured in-house.  

Architects Breakfast Partner

BoConcept

BoConcept have been designing and manufacturing furniture for more than 60 years, meaning that they respect heritage, but understands how vital it is to keep pace with a rapidly changing world. They have an outlet in Newcastle’s Fenwick’s department store with experienced professional interior designers.

A huge thank you to all of our partners who have helped to make this year’s Northern Design Festival possible.