Design Event and The Northern Design Festival are celebrating their 10th birthday along with a decade of promoting and supporting good design. Director Karen Nairstone handed the microphone to renowned writer and photographer Barbara Chandler to declare the festival open. You have until Sunday at 5pm to visit the event and the stunning building that it is hosting it.
Barbara Chandler raises the curtain and a few laughs to open the Northern Design Festival 2015.
Instagrammers enjoying David Irwin's site specific installation; Using 50 of his M Lamps it reflects the decorative details in the 'Imperial' plasterwork.
and talking of plasterwork,
here is another of the lovely ornate ceilings at the venue.
People asked me whether I had stencilled the panels surrounding the light installation. No, I had not but I did contribute to the first or second Design Event, I'll show our Stencil Library exhibit as my final photograph on this post.
The Design Event Pop Up Store offers locally designed product. Look at those gorgeous walls.
For less than the price of a frothy coffee you can visit the festival and enjoy exhibitions by the Crafts Council, Northumbria Universities, The RIBA, Node and Deadgood and a host of others too numerous to mention so I shall just name check Dan Rose of Raskl and Susi Bellamy because they are my friends. The prize winners, exhibitors, lectures and opening times can be found on the Design Event web site. The festival venue itself is a star of the show, located very close to the rail station behind a well known emporium of the afore mentioned frothies.
Your £2.50 entrance fee will help to resurrect the building that hosts the show and that alone is a reason to visit; The Assembly House was built in 1680 and decorated in the rare 'Northern Italianate' style; it was in use until 1960 then shared a rapid decline with other historic buildings around the city of Newcastle. The current owner is Mike Tilley of Newcastle Arts Centre and it is his current mission to restore life to The Assembly House; with help I am sure he will achieve it.
Part of an exhibit from Deadgood who also celebrate their tenth year.
Awards were sponsored by Confessions Of A Design Geek, Heals and Northern Design Centre.
Sgraffito vessels from BLH Ceramics
and bespoke work from Jennifer Stafford.
The designer David Irwin with his M Lamp.
Susi Bellamy with her cushions and prints; both features details from her original paintings. Susi's 'Madonna collection' is for sale in the Design Mart pop up shop.
Here was my exhibit from the early days of Design Event. I can not make out whether the sign reads 2005 or 06..and I just noticed my husband's reflection in one of the stencilled lilies!
Finally, thank you to The Lakes Distillery for the yummy gin served at the opening party. I wasn't driving that night.
Credit for top photo Sasa Savic.