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Design Event, the North East design festival

By The Drum | Administrator

March 5, 2010 | 2 min read

Starting as a grass roots festival five years ago, Design Event attracted almost 40,000 visitors last year, creating new markets for designers working in the region.

The festival has been instrumental in creating new markets for designers working in the region particularly through the Design Event MART, a curated selling exhibition that has been successful since its inception for the 2008 festival. The MART focuses on showing new work by regional designers who are at the beginning to mid points of their careers. The festival has brought design to a wider audience and has helped developed new networks, partnerships and relationships.

Design Event organise a series of talks throughout the year and during the festival period and have showcased speakers including: Jonathan Barnbrook; Nat Hunter and Fred Deakin from Airside; Adrian Shaughnessy; Michael C Place from Build; Daisy de Villeneuve; Andy Altman from Why Not Associates; Matt Pyke from Universal Everything; and Timorous Beasties.

As well as showing work from regional designers it has invited national and international designers to the region.

Design Event works in partnership with other organisations and through the years has worked with many regional venues such as Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, National Glass Centre and Vane Gallery to name a few; commercial organisations such as Electrik Sheep, Sumo Design, FORMICA, Fenwicks and other organisations such as ONE North East, NESTA, Arts Council, Northern Rock Foundation, DOTT07 as well as educational organisations such as Newcastle College, Sunderland University and Northumbria University.

Design Event forms a vital link in the North East creative landscape. In the current challenging climate it is going to be more important than ever to work together, showcase the region’s creative expertise, and inspire new generations of budding designers’. This work is already beginning with plans for the 2010 festival which will take place from 22-31 October under the theme of ‘Conversation’.

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