Design Manchester 15

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Design Manchester 15

Now entering its third year, Design Manchester celebrates creativity, collaboration and inclusivity in the worlds of art, design, illustration, film, animation and photography whilst also functioning as a highlight for creatives across the UK. Whilst this ever-growing festival takes place in various venues across the city, the Northern Quarter bookends the festival with events at PLY and Twenty Twenty Two and there are other NQ based activities at Kosmonaut and Fred Aldous too.

Design Manchester, Swifty, PLY

Wednesday 14th October / Unfinished Business by Swifty / 6pm – 8pm
PLY, 26 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1DW

The festival opens with the launch of Unfinished Business, an exhibition of iconic and appropriated imagery by prolific graphic artist Ian ‘Swifty’ Swift, also marking his return to Manchester after nearly 30 years. As part of the event Swifty will take part in an exclusive talk delving into his creative mind and maverick working methods, whilst his exhibition takes over three venues across the Northern Quarter, PLY, Kosmonaut and the window of Fred Aldous, throughout the course of the festival.

Thursday 15th October / Music How / 6pm – 9.30pm
70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH

An evening in conversation with some of Manchester’s musical legends, Music How welcomes New Order’s Stephen Morris to discuss an illustrious career spanning over 30 years, following the release of their new album Music Complete. He’ll be joined by a leading light of the UK live industry, Jon Drape, and writer, journalist, DJ and creative producer, Luke Bainbridge, who will talk about their work together organising the creative triumph that is Festival No 6.

Friday 16th October / The Great Debate / 6pm – 9pm
The Whitworth, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER

Set in the redesigned Whitworth, The Great Debate will welcome a panel discussion to explore how design contributes to the city, the economy and society – whether through culture, architecture, media, fashion or leading edge technology. The debate will be chaired by chief executive of the RSA Matthew Taylor, joined by a panel featuring chief executive of Manchester City Council Sir Howard Bernstein, CEO of Magnetic North Lou Cordwell and Design Council chief John Mathers.

Design Manchester

Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th October / Manchester Print Festival
People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Manchester, M3 3ER

As a showcase of Print Now, Manchester Print Festival, supported by G . F Smith, will take over the People’s History Museum across one weekend with over 50 stalls selling independent artwork, along with free hands-on workshops in letterpress, screen printing, origami, badge making, paper flower creations, doodle wall and collage work.

Sunday 18th October / Made You Look film screening and Q&A / 3pm – 5pm
70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH

Design Manchester 15 also presents Made You Look , a film about creativity in the digital age and the graphic arts scene in the UK, featuring Antony Burrill, Kate Moross, Helen Musselwhite, Pete Fowler, Jon Burgerman and more. The screening will then be followed by a Q&A with the film’s makers.

Design Manchester 15, Hudson Powell

Monday 19th October / Design Now / 6pm – 9pm
Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD

Join Parisian illustrator Malika Favre, graphic design studio Hudson Powell and co-founder of Lemon Jelly and Airside Fred Deakin for Design Now, an evening showcasing some of the world’s most contemporary creatives as they come together to discuss their work and the processes behind it, before taking questions from the audience in a Q&A session.

Design Manchester 15, Northern Soul Film

Monday 19th October / Northern Soul the film screening / 3pm – 5pm
70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH

Northern Soul is the BAFTA-nominated debut feature film from award-winning photographer Elaine Constantine starring Steve Coogan, Ricky Tomlinson and Lisa Stansfield, with breakout performances from newcomers Elliot James Langridge and Joshua Whitehouse in the central roles. A vibrant and authentic portrayal of adolescent escapism and self-discovery, the film is set against the high-octane Northern Soul scene of mid-seventies Lancashire, and was also a top ten UK box office hit in the week of its release.

Monday 19th October / Film How / 6.30pm – 9pm
70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH

Showcasing the pivotal role of design in film, Film How will feature an exclusive talk on Northern Soul from producer Debbie Gray, music supervisor Gary Welch and head of wardrobe Yvonne Duckett, who will be giving insight to how the film was made, and how the fashion and music was so faithfully recreated. This will be followed by a glimpse into the work of Altrincham-based multi genre animation studio Factory (Newzoids, Clangers, Scream Street) from its managing director, Phil Chalk, who will discuss high profile clients whilst also exploring how Factory has become renowned for producing some of the best animation in the world.

Design Manchester 15, IDEO

Tuesday 20th October / Design How / 6pm – 9.30pm
Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD

20th October sees Design How, an evening delving into creative minds to find out ‘how’, featuring some of the UK’s greatest thinkers, creatives and doers including global design company IDEO, boutique creative studio Territory Studio, director of design at the government digital service (gov.ukBen Terrett and founder of design consultancy Tangerine Clive Grinyer.

Design Manchester 15

Wednesday 21st October / Manchester Moleskine / From 6pm
Twenty Twenty Two, 20 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 1EZ

Celebrating the end of the Manchester Moleskine project, which saw 52 Manchester creatives contribute to a collaborative A5 Moleskine sketchbook, this event also acts as the closing party for Design Manchester. Expect live drawing from well known illustrators, Meat Free DJs, a choir and free art giveaways, along with a chance to see 24 A0 prints of work from the project.

The festival is supported by Arts Council England, the Manchester School of Art, part of Manchester Metropolitan University, and Manchester City Council and you can get tickets here.

Design Manchester 15 / Various venues / 14th – 21st October 2015