Arts Council England generously supports Design-Nation future

Arts Council England generously supports Design-Nation future

Press Release

Thursday 15 December 2016


Prestigious creative agency and membership organisation Design-Nation has been awarded almost £80,000 in Research and Development funding from Arts Council England to sustain a fifteen month period of development.

This period of development will commence in early 2017 and allows Design-Nation to undertake significant sector research and to create new opportunities for its designer-maker members, and to launch at least two new showcases. With its sister organisations Design Factory and The National Centre for Craft & Design, the Design-Nation team will explore new models of operation and partnership that will be most effective in supporting their portfolio of illustrious designer-makers in creating new products, exploring new processes and researching new markets.

Clare Edwards, who runs Design-Nation, Design Factory and The National Centre for Craft & Design says, “We are delighted that through this grant the Arts Council is recognising our efforts in support of British-based craft and design people. Design-Nation has a great history and many fantastic supporters and partners in the design sector. We look forward to delivering our exciting new programme across the UK and will be announcing our first new showcase early in 2017.”

Notes to Editors

About Design-Nation

Design-Nation was founded almost twenty years ago by the late Peta Levi MBE, a writer, design champion and curator, who previously founded the prestigious talent-spotting showcase New Designers in the 1980s. Design-Nation offers a one stop destination for retailers, manufacturers and press together with industry professionals who want to commission, invest and source Great British design.

Design-Nation is positioned as the premier level of membership network for designer-makers in the UK, with both a national and international profile. Membership is selected by peers and industry professionals and is open to all practices of Craft, Product and Design in the UK and Ireland. Members have access to benefits, subsidised exhibition opportunities and group networking within Design-Nation. Friends of the organisation include Decorex International, New Designers and The Barbican.  

About Design Factory

Design Factory is the UK’s leading creative agency for the support and development of craft and design practice and was founded in 2005.  With over 200 members Design Factory promotes artistic integrity, raises the standard of craft and design and commercially supports designer-makers through a renowned programme of development opportunities, including: one-to-one advice; critical reviews; events; group exhibition opportunities here and overseas; peer support; training and CPD; mentoring; pop-up shop opportunities; and marketing.

About The National Centre for Craft & Design

The National Centre for Craft & Design is the largest gallery in the UK dedicated to the celebration, support and promotion of national and international contemporary craft and design.  The Centre, which will celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2018, aims to stimulate greater understanding of contemporary craft and design and provide enriching arts and cultural experiences for everyone through a dynamic programme of high quality exhibitions, participatory learning, events and retail.  The Centre, together with Design-Nation and Design Factory, is a cultural service from North Kesteven District Council, operated under contract by Leisure in the Community Ltd.

Image of Design-Nation showcase at Decorex shows work by (clockwise from top left) Michael Ruh, Linda Bloomfield, Anna Gravelle, Amy Cushing, Rosemaryrose and Heidi Harrington. Photo by Jim Ellam.

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Design-Nation Curates The Roots of Design at Decorex 2016Design-Nation Curates The Roots of Design at Decorex 2016

Design-Nation Curates The Roots of Design at Decorex 2016

Design-Nation is the Great British portfolio for Craft, Design and Product and offers a one stop destination for retailers, manufacturers and press together with industry professionals who want to commission, invest and source great design from British-based creatives.

Seven fantastic designer-makers will show new work on our stand at Decorex this month, responding to the theme ‘The Roots of Design’. Each one has explored the ideas, influences and materials that go to make their product, telling compelling stories of creativity, travel and dedicated research.
Our designers are creating fantastic new ways to cover walls: the stunning paper and fabric designs of Elli Popp draw on scientific invention, travel and the Sublime; while Ekta Kaul’s personalised hand stitched ‘maps’ are individually created to tell each owner’s unique story. Anna Gravelle, showing for the second year running at this event, is launching innovative new tufted acoustic wall panels, in a range of colours and finishes.

Anna Gravelle is also showing a new ottoman, clad in a distinctive etched leather, a great textural contrast to Angie Parker’s vibrant handmade rugs, which are created using Scandanavian weaving techniques but with a palette drawn from South Asia.
Other exhibitors who love colour are Michelle House, showing screen-printed textile panels and hangings that evoke the architecture that inspired them; and Lindsey Lang who will be showing her beautiful and infinitely variable and customisable encaustic floor tiles. Lindsey will be encouraging our visitors to play with samples, trying colour and pattern combinations to their hearts’ content.
Our seventh exhibitor is ceramicist Taz Pollard, who has moved on from her trademark neons to launch the new ‘Spirit’ range of tableware, enhancing her simple shapes with rich lustre and metallic glazes.

As ever we are lastingly grateful to the Decorex team for their fantastic support for Design-Nation, and we very much look forward to this prestigious event. See us there on stand F17, from Sunday 18 to Wednesday 21 September. 

Images: Winter Landscape by Michelle House; Shot Cup by Taz Pollard. Photos courtesy the artists.

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