Catherine Bertola

Acts of Making is a two-week festival that celebrates contemporary craft through performances, live installations and workshops taking place in Bilston, West Midlands, from 14 to 28 February 2015 and in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, from 7 to 21 March 2015.

The festival will present craft in unexpected spaces and allow the public to interact and collaborate with internationally-exhibited artists.

Visitors will be able to witness the creation of a patterned carpet made entirely from dust, create their own music via logs and wooden horns, watch a folk procession of Vespa and Lambretta scooters through the streets, become part of an ongoing project exploring our relationship with jewellery, watch a performance piece using un-fired ceramic pots and sculpt sandstone benches by skateboarding on them.

The six artists: Catherine Bertola, Keith Harrison, Owl Project, Mah Rana, Clare Twomey and Richard William Wheater will create moments that are curious and fascinating with many involving collaboration with local communities in Bilston and Gateshead.

Acts of Making is a Crafts Council touring project organised in partnership with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and Bilston Craft Gallery. Full details of events can be found here.

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

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


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.