What’s On —

Material Matters

Monday 22 September – Friday 12 December
Special Collections Gallery
3rd Floor, Sir Kenneth Green Library
MMU, All Saints, Manchester M15 6BH

Daily 10am – 4pm, Thursday 10am - 7pm, Saturday 12 – 4pm, Closed Sunday

Gallery Talk Wednesday 29 October at 12.30pm and 2pm

An exhibition looking at how different materials have been used in art, craft and design over the centuries and across cultures. Curated by Stephanie Boydell head of Special Collections at the MMU Library.

Tim Milne, founder of ARTOMATIC the innovative materials library, will talk about the use of materials and explore the connections between intuition, communication and the physicality of objects on Wednesday 29 October.

Exhibition Partner: Manchester Metropolitan University.

Read ‘PHYSICALITY is a language’.

10x10 In Process

Tuesday 21 – Thursday 30 October
10 Tariff Street, Manchester M1 2FF

Daily 11am – 12am

Photography of Design Manchester’s recent 10x10 exhibition at Federation House Gallery shot by Sebastian Matthes will be on show in Kosmonaut Bar, Northern Quarter.

10x10 is the product of Manchester’s creative community, which sees local artists and designers collaborate with creatives from varying disciplines. Each unusual partnership culminates in innovative and imaginative works from: Brendan Dawes, The Neighbourhood, Barney Ibbotson, DR.ME., Mark Jermyn, Jane Bowyer, Textbook Studio, Sneaky Racoon, Lisa Stannard, Sam Meech, Mr Hass, Graham Rutherford, Micah Purnell, Iris Cooper & Si Scott.

The Science of Play

Thursday 22 – Wednesday 29 October
Federation House
Federation Street, Manchester M4 2AH

Daily 12pm – 4pm

An evening of talks on Wednesday 22 October 6 – 8pm

There is an inherent connection between creativity and play. Both allow us to get lost in a world, explore, problem solve and unleash the imagination.

This exhibition brings together some of the best creative talent in Manchester to explore the meaning and importance of play.

The Science of Play is in aid of charity Play360, who design and build playgrounds for communities throughout the developing world.

Speakers at the launch event include Matthew Kenyon and Mick Timpson.

Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances the venue of The Science of Play exhibition has been moved from Twenty Twenty Two to Federation House. All other plans remain unchanged.


RSA Great Recovery Workshop

Thursday 23 October
MMU, The Shed
John Dalton West, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5GD

2 – 5pm

What's in your mobile phone?

Combining design with science, this hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the concept of designing for a Circular Economy, all through the medium of the humble mobile phone!

This workshop is suitable for all - students, professionals, designers, scientists, makers, tinkerers. It is free but spaces are limited so please register in advance.

The workshop is hosted by Nat Hunter and Hilary Chittenden of the RSA.

Workshop partner: The RSA
Event supporter: MMU Digital Innovation.


DM14 Core Festival Day

Friday 24 October
The Grand Hall, Manchester Town Hall
Albert Square, Manchester M60 2LA

9.30am – 5.30pm

The Science of Imagination

Now in its second year, this day long conference features internationally celebrated and influential speakers discussing ‘The Science of Imagination’ and showing an insight into their creative work.

G.F.Smith Papers will host the grand bees area with samples and giveaways. This year we have structured the day to be split into two with more breaks and dinner hour giving you the opportunity to socialise. We have an afterparty planned for TwentyTwentyTwo, details for this will be revealed later.

Speakers –
Adrian Shaughnessy, Tony Brook and Sam StevensonUnit Editions
Daniel HirschmanTechnology Will Save Us
Rejane Dal Bello
Rob LoweSupermundane
Ross PhillipsDalziel & Pow
Michael C PlaceBuild

Introduced by –
Cllr Sue Murphy – Deputy Leader, Manchester City Council
Hosts –
Prof David Crow – Dean, Manchester School of Art
Malcolm Garrett RDI
Angus Montgomery – Editor, Design Week
With –
Peter Saville RDI

Sponsor: G.F.Smith Papers.
Conference Partner: Manchester School of Art.
Supported by USC School of Cinematic Arts.

adidas SPEZIAL

Friday 24 October – Sunday 2 November
‘7 Dale Street’
Dale Street, Manchester M1 1JB

Daily 12pm – 8pm

Gallery Talk Tuesday 28 October at 8.00pm

Housing 650 pairs of rare, vintage, deadstock, re-issues and collaboration styles from the personal collections of numerous adidas collectors, the Spezial exhibition is a chance to literally walk through the adidas archives and experience adi history first-hand. Alongside the collection a very special one-off Spezial will be unveiled.

Exhibition curator Gary Aspden will give a personal tour of the collection on Tuesday 28 October.

Produced by Adidas.
View the SPEZIAL preview film.

Manchester Print Fair

Saturday 25 October
People’s History Museum
Left Bank, Spinning Fields, Manchester M3 3ER

12 – 4.30pm

The Manchester Print Fair is a free independent art & design event that celebrates all manner of printed design, from artist’s books and zines to posters and postcards and t-shirts and tea towels.

This year over 30 stalls will feature. Paper Madness demonstrations held will be held throughout the day by G.F.Smith.

12.30 – Origami Demonstration from the Japan Society North West
1.30 – Letterpress Demonstration from Nick Birchall, Cleeve Press
2.30 – Screen Printing Demonstration from The Print Room

In addition there will be other Paper Activities taking place throughout the day for all the family.

One-off prints based on ‘the science of imagination’ will also be on sale.

Sponsor: G.F.Smith.



Sunday 26 October
MMU, The Shed
John Dalton West, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5GD

19.30 – 22.30pm

Workshop at 5.30pm

Secrets of Nature (Sounds Unseen)

Playing only analogue electronic equipment metamono have developed a touring show of live music as accompaniment to ‘Secrets of Nature – Sounds Unseen’, a series of wonderful and ground-breaking silent nature films dating from 1903 to 1927.

By placing these characteristically British films in a new context with specially composed music, the band reignite the sense of wonder in nature that these films first produced.

In advance of the performance of ‘Secrets of Nature - Sounds Unseen’, metamono present a workshop introducing and discussing their uncompromising all analogue approach to electronic music with an in depth look at the manifesto, a practical demonstration of ‘The Instrumentarium’ and a discussion of the relationship between digital and analogue audio for both creators and consumers.

This will then expand into the metamono approach to film music, with particular reference to silent film and live performance. Please register for this event.

Produced with the help of the National Media Museum and the BFI.
Event supporters: MMU Digital Innovation and Stage Sound & Light.
Photography courtesy of Bruce Atherton and Jana Chiellino.

Watch the Secrets of Nature trailer.
Watch the metamono manifesto.

National Art&Design Saturday Club Taster

Monday 27 October
Manchester School of Art
Benzie Building, Higher Ormond Street, Manchester M15 6BR

10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm

The National Art&Design Saturday Club gives young people aged 14–16 the unique opportunity to study art and design on Saturday mornings at their local college or university for free. It helps them to gain qualifications, gives them an insight into studying at college or university and an understanding of careers in the creative industries.

The School of Art will launch its new Art&Design Saturday Club with this Taster Day. So if you are between 14 and 16 and are interested in Art and Design come along, take part in one of the taster sessions and find out more.

Further details on how to book into the taster day and application forms can be found here on our website.

Hosted by Manchester School of Art and The Sorrell Foundation.


DesignDojo at The Sharp Project

Monday 27 October
The Sharp Project
Thorp Road, Manchester M40 5BJ

1pm – 3pm

Life: Better designed

A special half-term code and design session for members of Manchester CoderDojo.

The workshop is about how design is all around us in many different forms. This 1.5 hour session explores the use of design in our everyday life. The session culminates in a practical workshop giving students the chance to put their design skills to the test.

This is a session for young people to learn more about the world of design – a great opportunity to learn from industry experts in a real work environment.

There will also be an opportunity to find out more about the world of Rilao and the world of 5D.

There are a limited amount of tickets available that have to be booked in advance. Young people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If you have any questions please contact events@thesharpproject.co.uk

Hosted by Adapt Studios, The Sharp Project and SharpFutures.
Supported by the 5D World Building Institute at the University of Southern California.

Find out more about Manchester Coderdojo the monthly coding session hosted by The Sharp Project.

Dress of Glass and Flame

Monday 27 October
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
(Princess Street entrance)

10am – 5pm

Extreme Design Panel 6.30 – 8pm

Exhibited for one day only ‘Dress of Glass and Flame’ is a remarkable artwork that explores the chemistry of glass and flame. Designer and social artist Helen Storey MBE, with scientist Tony Ryan OBE from the University of Sheffield, has captured this alchemic process and kept it alive via a life-size glass dress that has, at its heart, a burning flame.

Previously shown at the Venice Art Biennale in 2013 and the London College of Fashion earlier this year.

Helen Storey will discuss the artwork, before joining a conversation and Q&A with The Whitworth’s Deputy Director Jennifer Harris, DM14 Curator Malcolm Garrett, and Erinma Ochu, Wellcome Fellow at University of Manchester in an ‘Extreme Design Panel’.

Sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
This event is produced in partnership with Manchester Art Gallery, Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Science Festival.


3D Printing The Future

Monday 27 October
MMU, The Shed, John Dalton West, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5GD
MSA, Benzie Building, Higher Ormond Street, Manchester M15 6BR

5.30 – 6.30pm followed by 6.30 – 8.30pm

To complement the new MOSI exhibition on 3D printing, Manchester Metropolitan University, in association with MSF, Design Manchester and Hobs Studio, present an evening of innovative demonstrations and discussions about the future of 3D printing. MMU staff from across the arts and sciences will join together with Hobs Studio to showcase some of the latest advances in this emerging field.

Afterwards, the Manchester School of Art’s new Stirling Prize shortlisted building will host a panel discussion between key representatives of the arts, sciences and business on how 3D printing has influenced their practice and what the future holds for this exciting new medium.

Event partners: MMU Digital Innovation, Hobs Studio and Manchester Science Festival.

cities@manchester Panel

Tuesday 28 October
20 Dale Street, Manchester M1 1EZ


The City as Canvas: Designing Creative Places.

Contemporary cities serve as sites for a wide range of interventions by designers, ranging from informal graffiti and temporary installations to community murals and rearrangement of public spaces. Artists and designers have a critical role to play in making cities distinctive, attractive, liveable, and dynamic. In this urban forum – part of cities@manchester’s established series - we will discuss the meaning of design interventions in Manchester and other cities.

Chaired by Andrew Karvonen, Lecturer in Architecture & Urbanism (University of Manchester)
Introduced by Malcolm Garrett
Panellists –
Michael Mayhew, Artist Curator, (City Arcadia Coventry)
David Rudlin, Urbanist, (Urbed - Urbanism, Environment & Design)
Garry Hunter, Curator, Writer
With further speakers to be confirmed.

Supported by University of Manchester.
This event is free to attend but please book.


movieNight: David Lynch

Tuesday 28 October
The Great Northern Playhouse
231-233 Deansgate , Manchester M3 4EN

Doors 6pm. Film commences at 6.45pm

As part of the Design Manchester festival programme, magneticNorth is hosting an extra special movieNight event.

We’ll be hosting one of the first UK screenings of Meditation, Creativity and Peace a documentary by über director David Lynch.

This fascinating documentary follows him on a 16-country tour of Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America to spread the word about the individual and global impact of meditation – something he has practised for the last 41 years.

With wit and passion in equal measure, ‘Meditation, Creativity, Peace’ shows the director’s commitment to Transcendental Meditation as a way of changing the world, starting from within.

The film also offers a rare insight into Lynch’s creative process, through interviews and revealing moments from the tour.

Special thanks to the David Lynch Foundation for supporting the screening. You can find out more about the work they do on their site.

movieNight is a regular event hosted by magneticNorth to showcase films and documentaries that interest and inspire them.

NORTH: The Great Debate

Wednesday 29 October
Manchester School of Art
Benzie Building, Higher Ormond Street, Manchester M15 6BR

7 – 9pm

Growing by Design: the role of the creative industries in building a northern powerhouse.

Taking place against the backdrop of a seemingly unstoppable movement towards more devolution to the cities and the regions, and the recent publication of the One North plan by the leaders of Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield, Design Manchester’s Great Debate will look at how the creative industries can stimulate and create a prosperous and successful northern economy.

To be held in the Stirling Prize shortlisted Benzie building, the debate will be chaired by Robert Yates, Assistant Editor of The Observer, with a panel including Sir Richard Leese, the Leader of Manchester City Council; Lou Cordwell, founder and CEO of Magnetic North; Professor David Crow, the Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor of Manchester School of Art; and Caroline Norbury, the CEO of Creative England.

Read Robert Yates’ article in The Observer.

Sponsored by Images&Co.
Event partner: Manchester School of Art.
Supported by APDIG (All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group) and Shoosmiths.

take 5: Ben Casey

Thursday 30 October
20 Dale Street, Manchester M1 1EZ


Design Council brings its popular monthly talk series to Design Manchester.

This month Manchester design icon Ben Casey of The Chase is in the spotlight – 5 insights: 5 minutes each, 5 questions from the audience. And tickets cost just £5 (including a free drink).

Hosted by Design Council.