Cultural events, November 2017, by Mandy Barker
Design Event North East 2017
The annual design event in Newcastle has become one of the the cities most important and exciting cultural highlights for design. This year, there was a showcase of work, exhibitions and talks, all centred around the theme of ‘Material Matters’. One of the highlights being the hosted talks, at Northern Design Centre. It was a brilliant day with a varied audience of students and people in industry. The day included talks by three iconic designers – Anthony Burrill, Sarah Hyndman and Jimmy Turrell. They spoke about their work with passion, and modesty. Accompanying each talks were their finished works and works in progress. It was fascinating to have a snapshot into their lives and processes.
‘Persistance is fruitful. Embrace chances and opportunities. Try to expand on things’.
‘Use type to make connections with your audience’.
Sarah’s talk was engaging and interactive, using games like ‘Type Karaoke’ to support her ongoing research of typography and the psychology around it. I am now a proud owner of Sarah’s book ‘Type Matters’ – well worth the investment!
Jimmy Turrell spoke about his experimental work, describing himself as a ‘maximalist’, using materials that would otherwise be discarded. He uses traditional and analogue print and spoke about his typeface project inspired by his child hood home in Byker Wall.
The other highlight was the exhibition at Assembly House. Jimmy Turrell was doing ‘live’ work in front of the audience which included mixing and changing his collage exhibition, using material found within 150 books he bought on Ebay.
A brilliant day – I already can’t wait for next year!
On 8th November, Case4Culture invited people and organisations from across the region to their annual forum. They outlined their ambition for the next 15 years, building on strengths and pointing to the opportunities of further diversity and investment in arts and heritage right across the North east.
It was perfect timing after the Arts Council launched a report that the cultural sector has grown 10% in the past year.
Events like this are much needed, and bring people and organisations together to talk about cross sector collaboration and ways we can champion culture across the region. The day featured five different interactive workshops including: Participation, Economic Impact, Talent and Progression, Children and Young People and Distinctiveness. Each workshop had valuable focus on areas that need pushing forward. Through cross sector collaboration within the workshops, results were varied and unexpected. However, there were regular themes that kept arising including a push on: increasing diversity, accessibility across arts and culture, community engagement, sharing culture, cross sector collaboration, mentoring and support, partnerships, philanthropy, an action plan that the region can unite behind and region ambassadors. It was also mentioned that we should not only show the value of bigger festivals, but the smaller festivals making impact by championing minorities and diversity, such as Curious.
Look forward to seeing the findings and overall action plan going forward. All in all, an empowering and hopeful day showing the reach and potential impact going forward.
You can view a recent video that was made for Case4Culture here.