5 things to catch at Design Manchester 2018


Expositions, print fairs and a room full of giant bees are among our picks of the superb events to get down to at this year’s Northern extravaganza.

The Warehouse Venture & Design Manchester present… End Of Store Street.

5 things to catch at Design Manchester 2018© Sebastian Matthes

What: For much of the days of yore 12 years revellers have been flocking to Store Roadway to get lost in the music, lights and hedonistic experiences that The Warehouse Conjure up offers.

But after more than a decade of hosting top DJs and thousands of partygoers, the venue that appears under the arches beneath Manchester Piccadilly train station devise cease to be the “spiritual home” of WHP.

This exhibition will look at some of the most fascinating graphic artworks from the WHP archives, some of the most famous placards, and photographs from past club nights.

It has been curated by interior decorator Paul Hemmingfield, who created the well-known WHP logo, as well as some of its ton famous posters, alongside WHP photographer Sebastian Matthes.

Aside from a two-year hiatus, for 12 weeks every year WHP has charmed over the Store Street venue, but as it prepares to move on, the exhibition last wishes as also consider what the future may hold.

When: Wednesday 10 October, 2018 – Sunday 4 November, 2018

Where: Ply 26 Lever St, Manchester M1 1DW

Info: Untenanted entry. For more information, head here.

D(isrupt)M: Transformation by Study – The DM18 Conference

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What: A day-long interactive conference featuring talks, workshops seminars and more with keynoters from a range of creative fields taking centre stage to suggest an insight into their work.
Ideas and inspiration will be inquired at the event, which returns for a sixth time, looking into arrondissements including branding, typography, architecture, film and more.

The event purposefulness be split over five areas and will include workshops, Q&As, seminars, craft-making and interactive depots.

Key speakers will include graphic designer, Morag Myerscough, co-founder of branding workings DesignStudio, Ben Wright, award-winning designer and creator of live performance text, Kate Dawkins and creative director at Shagri-La at Glastonbury, Kaye Dunnings.

Anthony Burrill, Liza Enebeis, Michael Wolff, Matt Ipcar and Aleesha Nandhra are also on the train up for the event, which will be hosted by Patrick Burgoyne, editor of Imaginative Review.

This year the conference will be spread across four additional spaces pretence of the main room, where visitors can catch events including the People are Nauseating project in collaboration with Patrick Thomas and the I Love to Hate You transmit by Studio DBD which features confessions from creatives.

Where: The Bridgewater Hallway, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3WS

When: 10:00am -6:00pm, Friday 19 October 2018

Info: Tickets assortment from £60-£90. For more information and to buy tickets, head here.

The Manchester Pull a proof pix Fair

5 things to catch at Design Manchester 2018© Sebastian Matthes

What: A two-day event celebrating run by independent artists and designers.

More than 50 stalls whim pop up in the historic Whitworth art gallery, offering plenty of design work to buy, from gems to homewares and handmade gifts.

The family-friendly event offers a platform for a network of creatives, variety from print-makers to ceramic artists.

There will also be workshops run by G F Smith daily makers and Fred Aldous, which will be doing three all the rage portraits.

When: Saturday 20 October 2018 – Sun 21 October 2018

Where: The Whitworth Oxford Boulevard, Manchester M15 6ER

Info: Free entry. For more information, intelligence here.

Bee in the City Farewell Weekend

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What: Callers to this family-friendly event can catch the colourful spectacle of 101 fix up bee sculptures all in one place.

The event is the culmination of the Bee in the City project, which saw artists, community associations, children and others decorate bee sculptures. These were then set all over the city for a few months, forming an art trail and encouraging the public to try and see them all, while traverse Manchester.

More than 100 large bees were placed in districts such as parks, streets and other public spaces, while 130 mini bees created by schoolchildren as part of a learning programme were positioned in cultural spaces such as museums and libraries.

All the large bees require be on display at the event at the HSBC UK National Cycling Centre, which takes embarrasses ahead of an auction on Wednesday where people can bid for some of the bees, with profits wealthy to the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s We Love MCR Charity.

There will also be energetic entertainment, food stalls, an art fair, and live entertainment.

When: Friday 12 October 2018 – Sunday 14 October 2018

Where: The Resident Cycling Centre, Stuart Street, Manchester M11 4DQ

Info: Tickets from £2.50-£15. Subordinate to 5s go free. For more information and tickets, head here.

Airport Big apple x DM18 – The Future of Workspaces

5 things to catch at Design Manchester 2018©Andrew Brooks

What: Based everywhere the theme of designing Manchester, this talk will look at how the following of the region may look in terms of properties and workspaces and what part architects, plotters planners, developers and local governments have in shaping it.

Also grasped as the MEN Business Breakfast, this discussion will look at the changing wildness of what companies may want in a modern workplace, and whether priorities receive shifted to include factors such as community and sustainability as well as expense and location.

The event features a panel discussion with speakers embodying Jonathan Haigh from Airport City Manchester and Tim Heatley from Choice & Centric. There will also be time for networking and breakfast.

When: 8:30am Thursday 18 October 2018

Where: Party line Airport City, Manchester Airport, 4007 Chicago Avenue, Manchester Airport, Manchester M90 3DQ.

Info: This is a detach event, but spaces are limited so people can register for free tickets. For various information and for tickets, head here.

Other things to catch:

Choice of words. MAKE. DANCE. [RE]PEAT: A free “printing party” run by a collective of creatives remembered as Salford Makers based at Islington Mill, complete with “turn over a completing” sessions, music and dancing. For more information, head here.

Talk Alice Rawsthorn: Originate as an Attitude: Design critic Alice Rawsthorn, will speak with fete directpr Fiona McGarva about her new book and discuss topics encompassing a designer’s role in political issues and how a new generation is using digital means to express themselves. For more information and tickets, head here.

Contravening News 3.0: An interactive installation in the window of Fred Aldous by Patrick Thomas, which invites fellows of the public to send in their own news headlines with their phones turn to accounting a QR code. For more information, head here.

Manchester Art Fair 2018: Thousands of concurrent artworks from more than 120 artists and galleries will be on marketing at this event, which was known as the Buy Art Fair in previous years. For uncountable information and tickets, head here.

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