Know How with the return of Creative Festival Design Manchester 15

This October sees the triumphant return of Manchester’s creative festival Design Manchester, celebrating creativity, collaboration and inclusivity in the worlds of art, design, illustration, film, animation and photography.

By Steven Pankhurst | September 14th '15

KNOW HOW WITH THE RETURN OF CREATIVE FESTIVAL DESIGN MANCHESTER 15
Feat. IDEO, Territory Studio, Ben Terrett, Hudson Powell,
Stephen Morris (New Order)
14 – 21 October 2015

This October sees the triumphant return of Manchester’s creative festival Design Manchester, celebrating creativity, collaboration and inclusivity in the worlds of art, design, illustration, film, animation and photography, with key speakers including IDEO, Stephen Morris of New Order, Territory Studio, Ben Terrett, Hudson Powell, Swifty and Fred Deakin.

Now entering its third year, the ever-growing festival has become a staple of the city’s diverse and thriving cultural calendar, whilst also functioning as a highlight for creatives across the UK.

With a theme of Know How, events for 2015 span the realms of Design How, 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.

The festival will open with the launch of Unfinished Business, an exhibition of iconic and appropriated imagery by the prolific graphic artist Swifty. At the same event we will also host a ‘Campfire’ organised talk, which will delve into Swifty’s creative mind.

There will also be a series of exclusive talks, including Design How, which welcomes key figures in the design industry including independent creative agency Territory, global design firm IDEO, London-based design studio Hudson Powell, director of design at the Government Digital Service Ben Terrett and Clive Grinyer, User Experience Director at Barclays.

Meanwhile, Music How will see Stephen Morris from New Order in conversation with leading figures from the UK live industry.

Other highlights include Manchester in Mind, a charity exhibition held at Kosmonaut celebrating Manchester and the minds that make it by showcasing original print designs.

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.

Last year’s festival boasted 19 sold out events, 1099 workshop attendees and over 20,000 visitors, as well as a total of 20 original works and highlights including speakers Adrian Shaughnessy, Rejane Dal Bello, Supermundane’s Rob Lowe, Ross Phillips, and Michael C Place of Build, plus an adidas Spezial exhibition showcasing 800 pairs of collectors’ footwear, and a one-day installation of Helen Storey’s Dress of Glass and Flame.

Design Manchester 15 is supported by Arts Council England, the Manchester School of Art, part of Manchester Metropolitan University, and Manchester City Council.

For further information, announcements, updates and ticket information please visit: www.designmcr.com

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