So, the world is your oyster and the Northern Design Festival is open and ready to be explored. Here is just a sample some of the things you can do this weekend. Enjoy!
Here's the full Northern Design Festival guide.
A Cup of Attaya – Workshop on 12 Oct from 11.00 – 14.00
Exhibition from 10 - 20 October
A showcase of the work and expertise of Attaya Projects, a Newcastle-based digital media arts company specialising in interactive art installations, consulting in physical interaction design and workshops on creative technologies. Workshops are on from 11am on Saturday (over 8s) click to book your free place.
Attaya Projects will inhabit the living space of B&D Studios, redecorate it with interactive installations and a chill-out salon area, propose creative workshop activities and welcome visitors with a nice cup of West-African Attaya tea.
open this weekend & next weekend 10.00 – 18.00
Lime Street Gallery
Y I pop up shop will be showcasing some of the North East's greatest design talent. A rare opportunity to purchase purely locally designed products with a range of items for sale, a one off event that should not be missed. The pop up shop aims to provide a great shopping experience whilst also supporting the designers involved, who gain 100% of the profit made with no shop mark up. Therefore, any purchases made will support and nurture local talent and help keep it local! Designers include RASKL, Helena Seget, Jamie Fry and of course Westergaard designs.
Craft Cube:Research – on every day from 10.00 – 18.00
Craft Cube:Research is an experimental display environment developed by the Craft Council UK in collaboration with designer and researcher Dr Jayne Wallace exploring the boundaries of contemporary craft and its relationship with digital technology. Fascinating objects using digital media to explore dementia, this is a though-provoking installation.
Specific events in Sunderland:
Constructions: New Work by Jeffrey Sarmiento – on everyday 10.00 – 17.00
National Glass Centre Sunderland
Premiering at the National Glass Centre, Constructions is a mid-career solo exhibition by Jeffrey Sarmiento, supported by a publication and an international tour. His sculptures combine digital design, printing and glass to express the complexities that underpin cultural identity. He builds his objects from waterjet cut, silkscreened and kilnformed glass, using the material's properties to manipulate the interplay of image and object.
open 12 Oct, 10.00 – 17.00 and 14 - 18 Oct, 09.00 – 17.00
Design Centre Gallery, Uni of Sunderland
Andrew Richardson, Carl Gregg and the design work of Roger Thomas examines the use of computation within the context of creative practice, exploring the process of using computer code as a way of making artifacts using the 'raw material' of programming language and digital interaction.
Create:Digital - on everyday 10.00 – 17.00
National Glass Centre, Sunderland
Create: Digital presents the work of twelve internationally significant designers who combine creative impetus with digital technology. The exhibition explores the potential of digital materials and manufacturing processes in the creation of entirely new types of product. The exhibition will include innovative pieces from designers including: Andrew Tanner, Bethan Laura Wood, Dominic Wilcox, Interaction Research Studio, Issey Miyake, Michele Gauler, Michael Young, Silvia Weidenbach, Tord Boontje, Timorous Beasties, Victoria Spruce and Tom Dixon. The exhibition will include; product, surface, jewellery and lighting pieces created using a range of digital processes such as 3D printing, coding, computer aided design, CNC, digital printing and laser-cutting. Look out for GPS shoes, an LED display to direct the prayer of nuns and an urn containing not your mortal ashes, but your digital remains . . . fascinating.