Design Manchester 13

  • — Mark Farrow 
in conversation
    with Angus Montgomery of Design Week
  • — Kate Moross
  • — Colophon Foundry
  • — Nat Hunter & Sophie Thomas
  • — Andrew Shoben

Q&A panel hosted by Malcolm Garrett.
The event is hosted by Professor David Crow.

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

This years theme is ‘Longevity’ celebrating 175 years of Manchester School of Art, featuring:

  • — Bees Area

  • — GF Smith Pop-Up Shop
  • — 10x10 Exhibition
£35 / Limited student tickets £25

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10 X 10

10 X 10 was a collaborative exhibition exploring the theme of longevity.

To view information on the contributors and to see the exhibited work, click here.


  • — Le Gun
— Alex Zamora
  • — 
Alec Dudson (Intern Magazine)

The speakers will be discussing the notions of audience, process and inspiration followed by questions submitted online, at the event via projected twitter feed and from the audience.

Materials generated on the evening along with submissions inspired by the talks will provide the framework, determine the format and influence the art direction of the new OWT publication. The event is part of the Design Manchester 13 festival and Manchester School of Art’s 175 year Celebrations. The evening is to be compered by Gemma Germains.

£8 / £6 student tickets

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The Second Industrial Revolution

Tom Jarman, partner of Fielden Clegg & Bradley will be in conversation with a host of creatives discussing the impact of a second industrial revolution in architecture and design.

FCB were appointed to work with Manchester Metropolitan University on this major extension of the Faculty of Art and Design. This historic site, near the city centre; adjacent to the original School of Art, the Grosvenor Building, was built in 1880 and included LS Lowry among former students. After the discussion a Q&A session will take place.


10x10 In Process

Photography by Sebastian Matthes

10x10 features designers, makers, crafters and creators who have been tasked with collaborating to produce an exhibition exploring the theme of longevity.

Featuring Music’s Mike Ash and Jon Bland; Dave Sedgwick, Liam Hopkins (Lazerian), OWT Creative, illustrator Helen Musselwhite and performance poet John Cooper Clarke.


D&AD Creative Brief-In

  • — Adam Todd, magneticNorth
  • — Tom Bradley, BBC Knowledge and Learning

An inspirational day of industry-led talks and workshops focused around the theme of Technology, UX + D


Talk 12pm:
Hear from leading creatives on the current themes, trends and practices to help you develop your responses to the briefs.

Workshop 2pm:
Collaborate with your peers during this quick-fire workshop. Develop techniques on how best to interrogate a brief, identify the insights and prototype your ideas.

Both events are free to attend, open to all students, recent graduates and under 24s. Make sure you book onto each event separately.

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What Do You Really Own?

Azhar Sadique, Trade Mark Assistant, Keltie LLP

It is not just global companies that need to watch out for infringers and plagiarists, IP applies to anyone with a creative idea from SME’s to freelancers.

Keltie acts globally in all fields of commerce and technology, across the full range of intellectual property law. Much more than just a filing agency, they also offer consultancy services to IP owners and managers.

Azhar Sadique from Keltie will talk about common misconceptions about IP covering subjects such as copyright, trade marks and design including the difference between registered and unregistered rights. Following the presentation Azhar will host a Q&A session. Food & drink offers will be available to attendees.


DM13 Social

Music & networking in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Food & drinks offers for ticket holders. We cannot guarantee entry due to capacity so please arrive early.


The Sharp Project

An opportunity to tour The Sharp Project

The Sharp Project is home to digital entrepreneurs and production companies, it’s where space, power,  connectivity and people converge. Occupants at The Sharp Project make, manipulate or move around the world, digital content. 

  The Sharp Project has an ecosystem on site which allows growth to develop, as companies collaborate as well as compete with each other for business. The Sharp Project also features 4 large TV production spaces, green screen studios and The Campus events space.

Join us on a rare tour of this unique facility and meet the tenants who range from interactive design to VFX, motion graphics to music, gaming to post production.


To book a place on the tour please email
or phone 0161 205 1717
Tours will start at 11.00 and 13.00