Northern Design Festival

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 Design Source exhibition. 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. Read more..

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2016 Northern Design Festival Programme

  This year’s Northern Design Festival takes place from 7 to 16 October 2016 and takes the theme ‘Where do ideas…

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2015 Northern Design Festival Programme

To mark Design Event’s tenth birthday we are working with Newcastle Arts Centre and will be taking over the Assembly…


Design Event Festival 2013 Overview

The theme for the 8th Northern Design Festival was Create:Digital which examined the advances in digital technology that have impacted…


Design Event Festival 2011 Overview

The seventh annual Design Event festival took place over a 5-day period this year (14-18 October) and was centered around…


Design Event Festival 2010

The theme this year was Conversation and the festival was visited by over 67,500 people. The 11-day festival consisted of…


Design Event Festival 2009

Our 10-day annual design festival centered on the theme of Politics and Play and was jam packed with exhibitions, events…


Design Event Festival 2008

In 2008, The festival theme was Northern Design, and consisted of 27 events in total, a series of 3 talks…


Design Event Festival 2007

Design Event 07 took place from 11-28 October 2007 at venues across the North East of England including Newcastle, Gateshead,…


Design Event Festival 2006

In 2006 the festival featured film, fashion, graphics, products and furniture. Key exhibitions included I Spy, curated by Danielle Pender…

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Design Event Festival 2005

And the first festival was born! A mixture of stencil art, urban graphics, lighting exhibitions, Cuban posters, product and degree…