Design Manchester is an originative week-long festival, celebrating creativity, collaboration and inclusivity in the worlds of art, design, illustration, animation and photography.

Now in its second year the festival seeks to inspire and educate, working alongside key partners: the Manchester School of Art, Design Council and RSA.

Design Manchester is curated by a passionate team of creatives, with our Ambassador Malcolm Garrett RDI who will again host the main conference alongside David Crow, the Dean of the School of Art.

Design Manchester will take place in some of the city’s most iconic venues, giving you an opportunity to engage in numerous events from lively debates to industry networking.

The Science
of Imagination

The spark of an idea: the engineering of innovation, the exploration of new creative spaces imagined and realised through the enabling power of future technologies.

Adopting the theme ‘The Science of Imagination’, this year the festival runs concurrently with the Manchester Science Festival and will see us explore the theme across selected talks, exhibitions and commissions.

At the centre of the festival is our ‘core’ day, hosted at The Grand Hall, Manchester Town Hall featuring a selection of some of the most inspirational UK and internationally renowned speakers from all sectors of design.

Details of this year’s festival will be revealed in July.

Kate Moross, speaking at Design Manchester 13

It starts now...

27 Jun 2014

Planning for Design Manchester 14 is well underway and we have an incredibly strong week long series of events in the offing. This year Design Manchester is taking a big step up, with new partners, new venues (the picture above is one), and some amazing speakers already confirmed for the core festival day on 24th October.

This year we’ll producing a print fair with a creative twist, a musical strand with some infamous performers related to our theme The Science of Imagination, various days and evenings of talks and multiple high-profile exhibitions.

There’s always rooms for more though, so if you’d like to partner with us, or even produce an event, do get in touch.

Keep checking back for further announcements!

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Platform for Creativity

10x10 is an exhibition of 10 collaborative works by 20 creatives on the festival’s theme. The exhibition serves as a platform to showcase Manchester’s homegrown talent and personality on a national and international scale whilst launching the year’s festival as the first event.

In 2013 seventeen artists, makers and creators including infamous mosaicist Mark Kennedy, performance poet John Cooper Clarke, maker Liam Hopkins, illustrator Daren Newman, designer and maker Loz Ives and paper artist Helen Musselwhite produced works on the festival theme of Longevity which were exhibited in the Bench Self Made Gallery in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

More details will be released on how you can contribute to this exhibition.

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Join Us

Late October 2014

Manchester has a reputation for creativity; it is in the water and seeps through into its music, its art and its culture. This year we have a full week of events planned spanning a wide-range of creative media with the aim to feel as inclusive as possible.

With an ambition and passion to see the festival grow, we are keen for likeminded partners to join us in our mission to promote good design with events across the city.

This year we already have some very special partners and we want to work in collaboration as much as possible, so if you have any ideas about ways in which we can work together then please get in touch.


To collaborate: join@designmcr.com
For sponsorship opportunities: fiona@designmcr.com
For press enquiries: press@designmcr.com