Design Manchester 2014 22 Oct

Design Manchester 2014 launched yesterday and promises to be 10 days of events “celebrating creativity, collaboration and inclusivity in the world of art, design, illustration, animation and photography”. After the inaugural success of the 2013 festival, this year, the festival has adopted the theme of ‘The Science of Imagination’ which will be explored through a series of talks, exhibitions and commissions. With events taking place across the city there is plenty to keep you busy over the next few days. Here’s our rundown on what we’ll be checking out over the next few days.


The Science of Play
22 – 29 Oct
Federation House


We had a sneak peak of what to expect from The Science of Play exhibition when Helen Musselwhite filled our window with her incredible paper installation, so we are really looking forward to seeing what the rest of the artists have created. The exhibition questions ‘What is Play?’ and will launch at 6pm with talks from Matthew Kenyan, Mick Timpson and Fieldwork.

Tickets to the talks are available to buy here and the exhibition will be open from 8pm.

The exhibition is open daily from 12-4pm at Federation House. Find out more here.

Thursday 23 October:

Materials Matter
22 Sep – 12 Dec
Special Collections Gallery, MMU


Using historic objects from MMU Special Collections and complimenting them with contemporary work from makers at the Manchester School of Art, Materials Matter will look at how different materials have been used in art craft and design. The breadth of work will explore how choice of material changes how we design and utilise objects, paying particular attention to how some materials have remained unchanged for centuries and how new materials impact on design and development.

The exhibition is open Daily 10am – 4pm, Thursday 10am – 7pm, Saturday 12 – 4pm, Closed Sunday.

Friday 24 October:

adidas SPEZIAL
24 Oct – 2 Nov
7 Dale Street


Pipped as being one of the highlights of the festival the adidas SPEZIAL exhibition will house 650 pairs of adidas trainers from the personal collections of a number of collectors. Featuring rare, vintage, deadstock, reissues and collaboration styles this exhibition will be like walking through the adidas archives and experiencing the brands history first hand.

Open daily 12 – 8pm

Saturday 25 October: 

The Manchester Print Fair
The Peoples History Museum


The Manchester Print Fair returns this Saturday to the Peoples History Museum as part of Design Manchester. We always look forward to The Print Fair, which celebratesall manner of printed design and features some of the best local talent. Our friends GF Smith are hosting a day of family fun at the Print Fair this year using their unique range of Colourplan paper. Alongside family friendly paper activities taking place throughout the day, there will be demonstrations in Origami from the Japan Society NW, in Letterpress from Nick Birchall and Screen Printing from The Print Room.

Open 12 – 4.30pm

This is just a taster of what to expect from Design Manchester, head over to their website here for details of the full festival line-up.


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