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Northern Design Festival opens today

This year’s Northern Design Festival, which runs October 7-16, will showcase a number of tableware and creative designers, including Guy Mitchell and Heather Scott

This year’s Northern Design Festival, which is scheduled to open its design-friendly doors today, October 7, and runs until October 16, at Assembly House in Newcastle, is a showcase of the best in contemporary design by leading northern, national and international designers across graphics, furniture, fashion, illustration, architecture, ceramics, textiles and lighting.

It is a curated selling exhibition presenting the best in contemporary design from designers from across the North of England, including ceramics, with exhibitors selected by a panel of experts, including Sara Ley, head of retail at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Naomi Shedeen, senior trend analyst at Trend Bible, and Barbara Chandler, award-winning journalist and photographer, among others.

Ranging from Turner Prize winners to some of the UK’s hottest emerging makers, this year’s Festival delivers eight exhibitions featuring work by more than 65 designers and architects, including handcrafted pieces rooted in the North East’s industrial heritage.

Tableware and ceramics designers include Guy Mitchell, Kirsty Adams, Arjan Van Dal, Heather Scott, Hannah Tousend.

A full list of designers exhibiting in the MART is available at

Alongside exhibitors is a programme of special events, tours and talks from some of the world’s leading creatives.

Director Karen Nairstone says: “This year’s Festival explores the creative inspiration behind the things that surround us every day; it’s a theme that relates to us all, whether you work or study in the industry or just love good design, there’s something for everyone. Once again we have some stunning hidden gem venues in Newcastle city centre, including our Festival hub - the Assembly House, and Cooperʼs Studios - perfect backdrops against which to showcase the best in contemporary design.”

The 2016 Northern Design Festival opens today, October 7, with the inaugural Design NOW symposium with a stellar line-up of speakers.

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