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

Working closely with lead sponsor the Manchester School of Art, Design Manchester will bring inspirational UK and internationally renowned speakers to the city and showcase Manchester’s talented creative community.

The festival, curated with ambassador Malcolm Garrett, is a series of inspirational talks, interactive workshops and evening events, on the theme of longevity, held at Manchester Town Hall and venues across the city.

The festival is kindly supported by GF Smith and Design Week.


This year, the speakers at Design Manchester 13 will discuss longevity.

A simple, open and inspiring theme, celebrating the importance of creativity in society in what can be challenging economic times.

Speakers will discuss sustainable design and its importance to our economic and environmental future; how to keep design fresh, new and creative in an ever-evolving world; and why print will never die.

Design Manchester 13 celebrates 175 years of the Manchester School of Art, part of Manchester Metropolitan University.


The Great Hall —
Manchester Town Hall

The Great Hall is a glazed skylight on which are inscribed the names of mayors, lord mayors and chairs of the Council since Manchester received its Charter of Corporation in 1838. The superb ceiling of the Great Hall is separated into panels bearing the arms of the principal countries and towns with which Manchester traded. The landing outside the Great Hall is known as the Bees. On the mosaic floor is a pattern of bees. The bee is symbolic of Manchester's industry and is found on the city's coat of arms.

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Detailed travel instructions can be found here

Manchester Town Hall
, Albert Square

Manchester, M60 8AD

Band On The Wall

The venue dates back to 1862 and was at the centre of Manchester's punk scene in the late 1970s where Buzzcocks, The Fall and Joy Division first played. Now fully restored after an Arts Council grant the Grade 2 Listed building hosts regular music events weekly.

Detailed venue information can be found here

Band on the Wall, 25 Swan Street
The Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 5JZ


2022NQ opened its doors in April 2012 and is a fully licensed café bar, gallery and event space located right in the heart of Manchester’s creative Northern Quarter.

Detailed venue information can be found here

The Basement,
 20 Dale Street,

 M1 1EZ


Kosmonaut Bar Manchester a convivial neighbourhood hangout firmly established in Manchester's Northern Quarter. Food & Drink, Cocktails, Music, Art.

Detailed venue information can be found here

10 Tariff Street, Northern Quarter,
Manchester, M1 2FF

The Sharp Project

The Sharp Project, home to digital entrepreneurs and production companies, is where Space, Power, Connectivity and People converge. Occupants at The Sharp Project make, manipulate or move around the world, digital content.

It is based in a 200,000 sq ft refurbished warehouse offering flexible office, production and event space close to the city centre.

The Sharp Project is now accessible by Metrolink. The nearest stop is Central Park, which is on the Oldham line (From Victoria Station). The Sharp Project’s entrance is approximately 400 metres from the stop. Walk up the hill on The Gateway and then turn left onto Oldham Road, then left again onto Thorp Road, where you’ll find the main entrance on your left.

Detailed venue information can be found here

The Sharp Project, Thorp Road
Manchester, M40 5BJ


Design Manchester is a truly collaborative festival produced with the valued support of a number of organisations, companies and individuals who have pledged their time and efforts in ensuring the longevity of this event.

DM Partners & Sponsors

  • — Design Week
  • — The Manchester School of Art
  • — GF Smith Papers
  • — The Sharp Project

  • — D&AD

Special Thanks

  • — David Crow
  • — Malcolm Garrett
  • — Empre
  • — OWT Creative

  • — Keltie LLP
  • — Fielden Clegg Bradley Architects
  • — Bench Clothing


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Fiona McGarva
Sundae Communications
07786 434313 / fiona@sundaepr.co.uk
@todayissundae / www.sundaepr.co.uk

For general enquiries:

@designmcr / #DM13

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