Wimpole Estate

The National Trust are seeking expressions of interest for a major contemporary commission for Wimpole, which will result in a temporary site specific artwork or works focusing on the landscape of ‘Capability’ Brown at Wimpole. The intention is for an artist, maker, architect or designer with a strong track record, to realise a new way of experiencing this incredible site for a period of a year from January – December 2016.

The working title ‘Different View’ reflects the overall aim of the project : to provide a stimulus for visitors to deepen their engagement with the Park’s history and significance, by seeing and / or experiencing it in a different way.

Where : Wimpole Estate

Fee : ( including materials, artists costs) £30,000

How to apply: To express your interest submit by email, 6 images of your work, CV and a short statement ( max 500 words) about your practice and why you are interested in the commission.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 20 February 2015. Five artists will be shortlisted each receiving a fee of £250 to work up a full proposal.

To receive the full artists brief and map please email claire.childerly@nationaltrust.org.uk

Deadline 20 February 2015

Lumiere open call

Lumiere, the UK’s largest outdoor light festival, is returning to Durham this winter for the fourth time, 12 -15 November 2015.

The festival brings together the world’s most innovative artists and light designers in an artistic programme that is as thought-provoking as it is spectacular. Created by Artichoke, one of the UK’s leading arts producers, Lumiere is commissioned by the Council and receives additional support from Arts Council England and a raft of sponsors.

Artichoke, is again calling for creative submissions following the success of the BRILLANT local commissioning schemes in 2011 and 2013. BRILLIANT offers an opportunity for people living in, or originally from, Durham and the North East to have their idea developed and produced as an artwork, using the medium of light, to be showcased at the festival.

Full details about how to apply are included in the application pack available to download here together with suggested locations.

Applicants for BRILLIANT 2015 should submit their ideas, together with an estimated budget by 12 noon on Monday 23 February.

Light should be at the centre of any idea and anyone can apply – no previous experience is necessary. The most important thing is how BRILLIANT the idea is. The commissions will receive funding and practical support from Artichoke.

The two-stage process will be judged by a panel, which will include representatives from Durham County Council, Durham Cathedral and Artichoke. The final awards will be announced in May 2015.

Questions about any aspect of the competition should be directed to brilliant@artichoke.uk.com.


Design Event are delighted to have been shortlisted for the 2015 Homes and Gardens design awards in the category of ‘Backer of British Design’. Previous winners have included Karin Beate Phillips managing director of the European Design Group and Norman Tempest of Royal Stafford.

Joining Design Event on the shortlist are The New Craftsmen and Soane Britain. Winners will be announced in the April issue of Homes and Gardens magazine.

We are also delighted to see Daniel Schofield shortlisted in the ‘Use of materials’ category for his Tarnish Range. Daniel launched his Tarnish Range with Design Event at the London Design Festival in 2014.

A full list of nominees can be found on the Homes and Gardens blog here.


Heal’s has a long history of working with emerging design talent,and their annual Heal’s Discovers initiative highlights the brand’s commitment to design education by discovering and nurturing the next generation of designers. This year they are offering designers and design students the opportunity to submit designs for the dining room – be it furniture (dining tables or seating), homeware (crockery and serveware) or even textiles (table cloths, runners etc.) Three final winning designs will be selected and put into production and the designers will receive a royalty for every item sold. They will be launched as part of the Heal’s Autumn/Winter campaign during the London Design Festival in September 2015.

David Irwin, Josh South and Phillip Luscombe (Rickard stool pictured above)are already flying the flag for Northern designers working with Heals.

Full details of how to apply can be found here.

Deadline for submissions is 12 pm Monday February 23rd 2015.


In September 2014 Design Event showcased work by ten designers from across the North of England at designjunction.

Showcasing the very best in furniture, lighting and product design from around the world, designjunction presents world-class brands striking a balance between creative and commercial, offering a much-needed alternative to the traditional trade show during the London Design Festival.
Over the five day period the show saw more than 25,000 visitors at London’s iconic Sorting Office, making designjunction 2014 the biggest yet. Our stand was designed by Xsite architecture, and Design Event exhibited alongside more than 180 other brands, 35 pop-up shops, onsite eateries, live flash factories, a dedicated lighting show, a leading seminar programme, charity auction installation and four floors of design products.

Designers featured were :
AFID Design / Newcastle
Annabel Perrin / Manchester
Anthony Hughes / Leeds
Daniel Schofield / Sheffield
Jamie Josef Fry / Newcastle
M-Dex Design / Sheffield
Nick James / Newcastle
Psalt Design / Sheffield
Laura McKay / Newcastle
RASKL / Newcastle