High profile talks announced for Design Manchester 15 #DesignMCR15


Design Manchester recently announced its full lineup of talks, workshops, exhibitions, screenings, debates and more, and tickets are on sale now via the festival’s website www.designmcr.com.


Ft. IDEO, Territory Studio, Ben Terrett, Hudson Powell, Clive Grinyer, Stephen Morris (New Order), Malika Favre, Fred Deakin, Swifty, Jon Drape, Luke Bainbridge, Sir Howard Bernstein, Matthew Taylor, Lou Cordwell, Manchester Print Festival, Made You Look, Northern Soul, Phil Chalk (Factory), Manchester Moleskine


Venues: 70 Oxford Street, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester School of Art, People’s History Museum, Twenty Twenty Two, PLY, Kosmonaut


14 – 21 October 2015


Now entering its third year, the ever-growing festival celebrates creativity, collaboration and inclusivity in the worlds of art, design, illustration, film, animation and photography, and has become a staple of the city’s diverse and thriving cultural calendar, whilst also functioning as a highlight for creatives across the UK. The festival is supported by Arts Council England, the Manchester School of Art, part of Manchester Metropolitan University, and Manchester City Council.


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.


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 (18th October), 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.


Monday 19th October / Design Now / 6pm – 9pm

Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD


On 19th October guests are invited to 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.


Sunday 18th October / Northern Soul the film screening / 6pm-8pm

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.


Tuesday 20th October / Design How / 6pm – 9.30pm

Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD


Meanwhile, 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.uk) Ben Terrett and founder of design consultancy Tangerine Clive Grinyer.


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.


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