‘BCN:MCR’ premieres at 2022NQ on Thursday 21 February 2013 and is presented by Manchester-based designer Dave Sedgwick. The exhibition unites, for the first time, five of the most innovative and cutting-edge Barcelona based design agencies of the moment; Hey, Lamosca, Lo Siento, Mayúscula and Mucho, and will provide a rare opportunity for designers, creatives and culture enthusiasts everywhere to experience the work of award-winning, pioneering and original design from Barcelona.
Sedgwick’s passion for design and Spanish culture led him to Barcelona, where he was inspired by the originality of the creative design scene and its diversity. Plus he saw many parallels between Manchester and Barcelona, which provided the catalyst for ‘BCN: MCR’;
“It was an idea I had wanted to pursue for a while and having visited Barcelona on several occasions before; I have always been really inspired by the design scene and the work of these five very different agencies in particular, whom I really admire. Both Barcelona and Manchester are cosmopolitan, European cities with a creative and flourishing design community and a distinctive identity. So, I thought it would be a great idea to bring Barcelona to Manchester so to speak! It’s also perfectly placed at 2022NQ, who have supported the design and arts community since it opened last year. This is a unique opportunity for designers in Manchester and the general public to see five of the best agencies from Barcelona all under one roof” ~ Dave Sedgwick, Designer & Curator, ‘BCN:MCR’.
In addition to the works which will be on display at 2022NQ, each agency has also been issued with their own individual letter of the exhibition title, ‘BCN:MCR’, and will submit their own unique, creative response to this. Sedgwick will be completing the 6th letter with his own contribution and the finished collaboration will culminate in an exclusive piece of design, that is a reflexive element of the exhibition and a unique reminder of the relationship between the two cities. This will be on display at the newly opened TAKK coffee shop.
An exclusive talk will also be held at 2022NQ on Friday 22nd February featuring Borja Martinez of Lo Siento and Pablo Juncadella of Mucho, Rocio Martinavarro from Mayúscula and Veronica Fuerta from Hey. They will each be providing an insight into their way of working and the graphic design scene in Barcelona, plus there will be an opportunity for a Q & A session. Limited edition tickets for this talk sold out a while ago, not long after the booking details were announced, so if you’ve got a ticket you are one of the lucky ones!
Jamie Scahill, Co- Director of 2022NQ commented;
“This is an exciting opportunity for us and we are delighted that Dave has chosen 2022NQ as the venue to host this exhibition. 2022NQ are firm supporters of the creative design community in Manchester and we’re really looking forward to welcoming some of the top design agencies from Barcelona to Manchester. Hopefully, this will mark the beginning of an inspiring and creative relationship between two aspirational European cities”.
“For us (Mucho) there has always been an emotional link between the Uk and Spain. They are 2 countries that we have developed professionally in the most.. So for us being part of this exhibition is a magnificent opportunity to look back over more than 10 years of our history and put the 2 countries together for the first time. This comes at just the right time and in the right place as the company will be facing a new era in 2013. On the other hand there is the fact that the selection of agencies are coincidently very close to each other. The three of us (at mucho) are very closely related to the participants. We not only studied together and collaborated (which we often do) but are also dear friends and in some cases more than that! And I can assure you that we have all been very much influenced by graphic design in the UK.
The other important thing is the link between two cities that have developed a deep relation with design under the shadow of two larger capital cities but have managed to build their one reputation and scene in many areas( including design and music) to become a reference for other cities. That has created a unique bond based on mutual admiration between the two, and this exhibition is yet but an other example of that mutual respect.” - Pablo Juncadella, Mucho
For the final word on the exhibition it’s back over to the Founder and Curator of BCN:MCR, Dave Sedgwick;
“BCNMCR has been a project of mine for a little under 6 months now and it’s almost taken over my life! – I never imagined it would become so popular and well supported by the community in Manchester, but in some ways I’m not surprised. We have a togetherness and spirit in this city which is evident in all the tweets, messages, offers of support and general enthusiasm for the project. I just hope that over the next two weeks people continue to get behind BCN:MCR and come to see the exhibition for themselves and that we all continue to show Manchester and indeed the North West is not only passionate about graphic design, but is also capable of putting on events that showcase Manchester as a creative and inventive city.”
‘BCN:MCR’ launches on Thursday 21 February 2013, from 6:00pm at 2022NQ and will run for 2 weeks. The exhibition has been generously supported by 2022NQ, Team Impression, GF Smith Papers, Estrella Damm, Institute Cervantes and Takk.