Hello Sheffield Design Week

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The inaugural Sheffield Design Week starts on Monday, and is a seven-day city-wide celebration of design in all its forms.

We’re proud of our hometown, and thrilled that the Sheffield Design Week is here to celebrate the city’s rich cultural heritage. “I’m passionate about design and the north of England but Sheffield is something special,” explains Sheffield Design Week organiser Patrick Murphy. “With a well-earned reputation for industrial and cultural achievements, from the invention of stainless steel to Jarvis Cocker’s dance moves, it mixes independence with a no-nonsense attitude. To talk numbers, 7.2% of Sheffield’s workforce is in the creative industries (well above the 4% national average) and the city houses the largest number of creative workspaces and artists’ studios outside London.”

While some events use Sheffield’s cultural past and present as their focus (including a talk on David Mellor’s Design by his son Corin and an architecture exhibition Brutal & Beautiful at the modernist masterpiece Park Hill – Europe’s largest listed building), Sheffield Design Week also considers the wider issues facing craft and design now, with contributions from the Crafts Council and the RIBA. Over the week there will be design trails, exhibitions, talks, film screenings, workshops, and even a Maker Day where people are invited to come and play as crafters, designers and hackers bring together the digital and physical worlds and demonstrate experiments in Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, knitting and sewing.

One of the highlights of the week will be the MADE NORTH Conference, where movers and shakers in creative, digital and manufacturing industries will be responding to theme ‘Can Design Save the World?’. Taking part in the conversation will be speakers from the Design Council, Crafts Council, RIBA, Architecture Sans Frontières and The Designers Republic.

For anyone who has ever considered the question ‘What is Craft’, the CraftWorks event organised in collaboration with the Crafts Council could bring some answers. Leading craft professionals including silversmith Keith Tyssen and designer David Appleyard will be discussing their thoughts on the meaning of craft and the relationship between maker and manufacturer. 

If you have a passion for the Tour de France, or design in general, don’t miss the Yorkshire in Yellow exhibition at the Millennium Gallery, where creatives with a Yorkshire connection have designed their own tributes to the ‘Maillot Jaune’. Look out for creator of the Folksy logo Studio Binky‘s design among the 111 yellow t-shirts (to mark 111 years of the Tour de France). 

To celebrate Sheffield Design Week, we’ve got a special ticket offer. Book your tickets to the MADE NORTH conference using the code ‘folksy’ and you’ll save 50% on the price – so you can get tickets for £27.50 rather than the usual price of £55.

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Sheffield Design Week runs from 23-29 June 2014

MADE NORTH Conference
Date: Friday 27 June
Venue: Showroom Cinema
Time: 9.00am-6.00pm
Tickets: £55 full price or £27.50 with the Folksy discount 

Sheffield Maker Day
Date: Saturday 28 June,
Venue: Yorkshire Artspace
Time: 11.00am-3.00pm
Tickets: FREE ADMISSION

CraftWorks
Date: Thursday 26 June,
Venue: Electric Works
Time: 1.30pm-6.00pm
Tickets: FREE ADMISSION

David Mellor Design – Design Talk by Corin Mellor
Date: Tuesday 24 June
Venue: David Mellor, The Round Building, Hathersage
Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Tickets: FREE ADMISSION

Brutal & Beautiful
Dates: 
23-29 June
Venue: Park Hill
Time: 12noon-6.00pm
Tickets: FREE ADMISSION

 

 

 

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