Design Manchester 15 08 Oct

Design Manchester launches next week and it promises to be a celebration of “creativity, collaboration and inclusivity in art, design, film and music”. This year we are pleased to be a participating venue, hosting legendary graphic artist Ian ‘Swifty’ Swift.DM15_Identity

This year Design Manchester have invited some of the greatest thinkers, creatives and doers to Manchester giving us all the opportunity to learn and be inspired! With a theme of Know How, events for 2015 span the realms of Design Now, Film How, Music How and more, which together build a rich programme of talks, workshops, exhibitions, screenings, debates and a full weekend celebrating the love of print with the Manchester Print Festival at the People’s History Museum.

What we will be heading to:

Unfinished Business – Swifty
Wednesday 14 September 6-8pm


Design Manchester opens with the launch of Unfinished Business, an exhibition of iconic and appropriated imagery by the prolific graphic artist Ian ‘Swifty’ Swift. As part of the launch Swifty will take part in an exclusive talk with Professor David Crow, Dean of Manchester School of Art, which will delve into his creative mind and maverick working methods and the exhibition will be on for the whole of the festival.

Unfinished Business marks Swifty’s return to Manchester after nearly 30 years and the exhibition runs throughout the festival, taking over three venues: PLY, Kosmonaut and in our own window (watch out for our Q&A with the man himself!). He will also be selling his wares at the Print Fair at the People’s History Museum and ‘wheat pasting’ at various secret locations around the city!

The Great Debate
Friday 16 October 6-9pm
the 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 Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA, joined by a panel featuring Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council, Lou Cordwell, CEO of Magnetic North, Design Council chief John Mathers and Andrea Siodmok, head of the Policy Lab at the Cabinet Office.

Manchester Print Festival
Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 October
People’s History Museum


An important date in any print aficionado’s calendar, The Design Manchester Print Festival is a celebration of print & paper from G.F Smith & the Manchester Print Fair spanning the whole weekend.

Following on from last year’s successful event, this year DM have again partnered with Manchester Print Fair and extended the event over the full weekend together with paper maker G.F Smith to host a full schedule of free workshops in screen printing, letterpress, badge making and a special Tea Pot Origami project.

These are just a few of the things we are looking forward to, the week long programme is jam packed with events to satisfy everyone. Take a look at the full line up and find out how to get tickets here.

Design Manchester
14 – 20 October
Venues Across Manchester

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