By Katy Cowan
Events is a new section of Creative Boom where we share relevant weeks, conferences, exhibitions, festivals and talks – all to help support you with your creative career.
We’ll inform you of what’s coming up, and share highlights of key calendar events. If you have something you’d like us to write about, then email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch if we’re interested.
First up, we’re bringing you a roundup of what’s happening in September for artists, designers and makers. If we’ve missed anything, let us know and we’ll include your event in our next article.
1. London Design Festival
Alison Brooks’ The Smile
The London Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community. Highlights this year include Alison Brooks’ The Smile – a 36m-long curved rectangular tube made from cross-laminated hardwood; dRMM’s stacked Baboushka Boxes, located in Victoria Gardens near Notting Hill Gate Underground station, and a gallery at the V&A lit up by a rippling metallic ribbon with Foil by Benjamin Hubert.
17-25 September 2016 | Find out more
2. Berlin Art Week
Image credit: Marius Bercea / BlainSouthern – © Alexander Rentsch
Berlin Art Week takes place in September for the fifth time this year. Dedicated to contemporary art, it combines exhibitions, art fairs, art awards, and an auxiliary programme featuring talks, films, and tours. What’s more, it provides new and surprising insights into private collections, project spaces, and the city’s sites of artistic production.
13-18 September 2016 | Find out more
3. 100% Design, London
Image courtesy of 100% Design
100% Design is the largest and longest running design trade event for industry professionals in the UK. First staged in 1995, the show is the commercial cornerstone of the London Design Festival, with 26,211 visitors to the show across four days in September; taking place in one of London’s most inspiring venues, Olympia London. Visiting the award-winning show is a unique audience of architects, designers, specifiers, retailers and developers, as well as multinational companies looking to source directly for their latest projects. A must, if you’re in the field of architecture and interior design.
21-24 September 2016 | Find out more
4. London Fashion Week
Image courtesy of Shutterstock
London Fashion Week isn’t just about textiles; it informs and inspires the entire creative industries. New designers this autumn include Versus at Versace and NewGen designer Paula Knorr. The full schedule is now available online, if you’re attending.
16-20 September 2016 | Find out more
5. Helsinki Design Week
Image courtesy of Helsinki Design Week
Founded in 2005, Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. Held annually in September, the multidisciplinary festival presents design from a number of fields as well as fashion, architecture and urban culture. The festival programme takes place in a variety of event spaces spread throughout the city: from museums to markets, from seminar halls to secret shops. The festival also actively seeks new spaces and ways to explore the city. Perfect for the discerning designer.
1–11 September 2016 | Find out more
6. Made Here, Manchester
Image courtesy of Made Here
Made Here is a series of free events at Manchester’s London Road fire station to celebrate and showcase the designers, makers and creators of the UK’s second city. Meet and buy from the people behind some of the finest handmade products in this great city. Showcasing hand-crafted furniture, clothing, ceramics, prints and more, along with local food and drink producers with DJs and bands performing throughout the day and into the evening.
Saturday 10 September 2016 | Find out more
7. London Design Biennale
Image Source: Jan van der Crabben
The first London Design Biennale will open this September at Somerset House with over 30 countries participating. Nations from six continents will present newly commissioned works that explore the theme Utopia by Design. You will see installations curated by the leading museums and design organisations in the world, including Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, German Design Council, Triennale Design Museum (Italy), The Japan Foundation, and Victoria and Albert Museum. Exploring big questions and ideas about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities, and social equality.
7–27 September 2016 | Find out more
8. Paris Design Week
Image courtesy of Paris Design Week
Paris Design Week is fast becoming the definitive cultural counterpoint that is raising the bar for design weeks across the world. Overlapping the M&O Paris September show and uniting the French and an increasingly international design community, Paris becomes immersed in promenades, cocktails, exhibitions – culminating into the celebration of emerging talents.
3-10 September 2016 | Find out more
9. designjunction, London
Image courtesy of designjunction
In September 2016, designjunction in partnership with Argent, King’s Cross Development and University of the Arts London will move to a new and exciting long-term home – King’s Cross. This vibrant destination is set to become a new creative district and an international business hub for design in central London – where culture and commerce will come alive during the London Design Festival. A stellar line-up of UK and international design brands, both established and emerging, can be expected including: Design House Stockholm, Life Space UX by Sony, Another Country, Channels, Morgan, Little Greene, Dyke & Dean, Vita Copenhagen and Melin Tregwynt.
22-25 September 2016 | Find out more
10. London Design Fair
Photograph by Sophie Mutevelian
Located in the creative heart of East London, the London Design Fair is a four-day industry event that brings together 450 exhibitors from 29 countries, including independent designers, established brands, international country pavilions, and galleries. As the destination of the annual London Design Festival over 25,000 influential; retail buyers, architects, interior designers, press, designers and design-savvy public attend to see and specify the very latest; furniture, lighting, textiles, materials and conceptual installations from around the world.
22-25 September 2016 | Find out more
Main image courtesy of Johnson Tiles & V&A, London