Design Manchester’s 10 x 10

Last night was the launch of Design Manchester’s 10 x 10 at the Bench Self Made Gallery, which will be on show from today until the 28th August 2013.

We invited 17 creatives to collaborate to produce a piece of work outside of their usual comfort zone with some impressive and beautiful results. The exhibition features work from Mark Kennedy, John Cooper Clarke, Helen Musselwhite, Matt Booth, Liam Hopkins (Lazerian) amongst many other talented creatives. You can find more detail on the Design Manchester website.

We produced the exhibition and the launch event to introduce Design Manchester, the inaugural week-long creative festival, sponsored by the Manchester School of Art and the collection is a platform to showcase Manchester’s homegrown talent and personality on a national and international scale. You can find out more about the festival via Twitter and Facebook – there’s some big news to be announced in the coming weeks so watch this space.

I personally am a huge fan of Dave Sedgwick and Tim Denton’s piece, ‘Don’t sit still. Keep going.’ which asks the question, ‘What is the secret to a long and happy life?’ and on which they collaborated with a community group of older Mancunians, called Chorlton Good Neighbours. Dave and Tim used their answers to produce a series of typographic rubber stamps and hand held wooden devices which people can use in the gallery to make their own postcards to be sent to those they think may benefit from the pearls of wisdom imparted to us by the older generation.

We’ve been completely overwhelmed by the amazing work produced and the media response which included the lead story in the Manchester Evening News’ Citylife, Design Week, The Drum, We Heart amongst many.

Do drop by and check it out, we’ve got the kettle on.

Fiona x



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