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Sheffield Design Week 2017 is a mini-festival, the full festival programme is back in 2018. This year we are taking time to find out what you want from the festival and how we can make it better in our design survey which will inform next years design week.

Sheffield Design Week is a collaborative platform and we are pleased to say that Sheffield Institute of Arts are holding a series of design-focused events this year which we are helping to promote.


Sheffield Design Week is hosted in one of the UK’s most creative cities. Taking place annually, this week long festival plays host to an array of local, regional, national and international design, architectural and creative names. It showcases all disciplines of design, from graphic design to architecture, advanced manufacturing and technology to fashion and product design and more. We promote an exciting, varied programme, including exhibitions, workshops, talks, design conferences, installations, product launches, open studios and walking trails.

We look forward to seeing you again in 2018.

Monday 23rd October

Monday 23rd October

Pop-up Design Studio

Monday 23rd Oct:
Pop-up design studio by Sheffield Institute of the Arts MA Design course

Come and chat to our MA Design students as they bring the design studio to meet the public. The students will be working on their current design project:

Design for (speculative) Social Innovation: Design Futuring the City

There are many predictions and forecasts out there about issues that will impact on how we will be living in the future. Nobody knows exactly which ones will turn out to be true, but as designers, we have the ability to imagine the future and put our skills and material knowledge towards/or against creating particular futures.

When: Monday 23rd October
Where: Sheffield Train Station

Tuesday 24th

Tuesday 24th October


Tuesday 24th Oct: 4.30pm
Transmission lecture series – Emmanuelle Waeckerlé

Emmanuelle Waeckerlé is a London-based artist, performer, and composer who works across art forms to explore the materiality and musicality of language, the creative potential of translation, and what she refers to as the poetics of survival and resistance.

Through a number of interrelated projects stretching back over twenty years, her compositions, installations, and participatory occasions seek alternative ways of engaging with our interior or exterior landscape and each other. She is one third of Bouche Bée, an improvising trio on the edges of language, with Petri Huurinainen (guitar) and John Eyles (saxophone). Emmanuelle Waeckerlé is a Reader in Photography and relational practices at University for the Creative Art in Farnham, and the director of bookRoom. Her recent publications include Reading (story of) O, uniformbooks; Ode (owed) to O, edition wandelweiser records; Code X – paper, pixel, ink and screen, bookRoom press; and RISE WITH YOUR CLASS NOT FROM IT , bookRoom press.

In collaboration with Site Gallery and Sheffield Hallam University, find out more here.

When: Tuesday 24th October 4.30pm-6.30pm

Design Night: Sheffield – Make it Global

Tuesday 24th Oct: 6-9pm
Design Night: Sheffield – Make it Global

Technology is changing how we make anything

The future of making is here. New technology is radically changing what’s possible, disrupting every industry. From architecture and construction to manufacturing and media, individuals and small teams now compete on a global playing field.

Sheffield is a city known for innovation, and ideas that travel the world: from stainless steel to streets in the sky, synth pop to Sean Bean. Today, Sheffield is at the forefront of advanced manufacturing. It’s where global engineering and aerospace firms make their home, and product design startups conquer the world.

Twenty years ago, an idea for 3D software called Navisworks was born in Sheffield that revolutionised the way buildings are made. Ten years ago, it became a key part of an international brand. Join us as we celebrate the past, present and future of making, in all its forms.

  • Elliott Crossley, Associate from the Project Technology Group at BDP
  • “Why Changing Making, Changes Everything”
  • Pimoroni bring their tech tinkering for all
  • Faro bring a completely new kind of photobooth
  • Opportunities to design and make with industry expert, Paul Sohi
  • Eat! Drink! Make! Learn!

Ticket price includes access to activities, keynote speech, canapes, and drinks. Over 18’s only.

When: Tuesday 24th October 6pm-9pm
Where: Sheffield Institute of Arts, Fitzalan Square, Sheffield, S1 2AY
Tickets are £5 and can be booked here

Wednesday 25th

Wednesday 25th

Where Bombs Fell: A Design Week Talk

Wednesday 25th Oct: 5.30pm-6.30pm
Where Bombs Fell: A Design Week Talk

Why does Sheffield look the way it does? What have been the drivers for the design and re-design of the city?

This short talk looks at the role of design in shaping Sheffield through the lens of a design project developed in the graphic design department within Sheffield Institute of Arts (‘Where Bombs Fell’). The talk takes place in the Head Post Office building on Fitzalan Square and will give an overview of the project and its future intentions. At the centre of the talk is a 1942 wartime public information film, set in Sheffield and scripted by Dylan Thomas, called ‘New Towns for Old’. Like many other propaganda films at this time, New Towns for Old intended to assure audiences that the work done to improve British housing in the 1930s was continuing despite the war.

Sheffield, battle-scarred and laden with slums, is re-imagined here as ‘Smokedale’ – an industrial Everytown where planners are working to clear decrepit and bomb-damaged back-to-backs and maintain a green belt around the city. (BFI)

When: Wed 25 October 2017. 5.30pm-6.30pm
Where: Sheffield Institute of Arts, Fitzalan Square, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, S1 2AY
Tickets: Book your free tickets by clicking here 

Where Bombs Fell Walk

Wednesday 25th Oct: 7pm-9pm
Where Bombs Fell: A Design Week Walk

A special ‘Where Bombs Fell’ Design Week walk.

Why does Sheffield look the way it does? What have been the drivers for change and what role has design played in shaping the city?

The walk starts at Sheffield Train Station, outside the Sheffield Tap. The route follows ten carefully selected sites where bombs fell through the Sheffield Blitz. Each site reveals a part of the story of Sheffield. What used to be here, what sits here now and how might the future look?

The walk takes approximately an hour and a half. Please bring a torch, sturdy shoes, and a warm waterproof jacket / umbrella in case of rain.

When: Wed 25 October 2017. 7pm-9pm
Where: Outside The Sheffield Tap, Sheaf Street, Sheffield, S1 2BP
Tickets £10: Book tickets by clicking here 

Design Research Lab

Wednesday 25th Oct: 10am-3pm
Design Research Lab

Come to our design studio at the Head Post Office and take part in design research.

Current MA Design students are looking for volunteers to take part in 1-hour research workshops to support their final projects.

Workshops/activities on these topics:

The development of drinking vessels
Digital detox
Therapeutic spaces
The interactive exhibition

Please choose the workshop you wish to attend by registering for the event.

Workshop overview:

The development of drinking vessels

This workshop will allow participants to interact and drink from a series of vessels, which have the concept of enhancing the senses through the form and shape; these vessels will be made from clay and glaze fired so they are safe to drink from.

Digital detox

This workshop focuses on what detox means to clients in the new digital age, whilst experimenting with how a space can encourage its users to shut off from technology and recuperate.

Therapeutic spaces

The workshop is a part of a current study on technobiophilia and sensory design: ‘How can an increased level of immersion in virtual reality be utilised in therapeutic healthcare design using biophilic principles for people who are coping with anxiety?’


A drawing workshop to share and explore feelings about your home through a range of activities.

The interactive exhibition – the memory bank

This exhibition is focusing on the interactive process between art works with , exploring the question – If you could only keep one memory in Sheffield what would it be?

Participation in these workshops is voluntary, any data collected will be anonymised, used and stored in accordance with Sheffield Hallam ethics in research policy. All participants must be over 18 and be available for the duration of the workshop time chosen.

When: Wednesday 25th October. 10am-3pm
Where: Sheffield Institute of Arts, Fitzalan Square, Sheffield, S1 2AY
To book a place please click here 

Gravity Lecture Series – Duncan Higgins

Thursday 26th Oct: 4.15pm-6pm
Gravity lecture series – Duncan Higgins

Chaired by Penny McCarthy. Duncan Higgins is Professor of Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University and Professor of Fine Art at The University of Bergen, Norway. In 2006 Professor Higgins was awarded a three year National Endowment for Science Technology and Arts (NESTA) fellowship. Most recently Higgins has had solo exhibitions at The Bag Factory Johannesburg, M. K. ?iurlionis National Museum of Art, Kaunus, Lithuania; South Bank Centre and Royal Festival Hall, London; Czech Cultural Centre and Russian Centre for Art and Science, Prague; Solovki State Museum Reserve Russia; Academy of Arts in Warsaw, Poland and Rm8, Bergen, Norway.The Bloc Projects Open Residency provides audiences with a unique perspective on how artists work. By turning the gallery space into a working studio and inviting the public to engage in open conversation, the Open Residency programme aims to break down the formal barriers between artist and audience.

The talk is happening during The Bloc Projects Open Residency which Duncan is working on. It provides audiences with a unique perspective on how artists work. By turning the gallery space into a working studio and inviting the public to engage in open conversation, the Open Residency programme aims to break down the formal barriers between artist and audience.

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When: Thursday 26 October 2017. 4.15pm-6pm
Where: Sheffield Hallam University – Charles Street Lecture Theatre, Room 12.0.06
Tickets:  The lecture is free and open to all

Friday 27th

Friday 27th

Meet the Makers – VIP visit to Material Girls Pop up Shop

Friday 27th Oct: 2pm-3.30pm
Meet the Makers

Material Girls are a collective group of Sheffield Artisans who gave up the ‘9-5’ to set up their own independent businesses handcrafting unique wares. Employability event SHU students and graduates only

They are taking over the Winter Gardens pop up shop from 8th – 30th October and have invited Hallam students for a VIP visit. The collaborative involves 3 Hallam graduates and their products include unique metal vessels, art prints, fused glass, jewellery, lino-cut prints and cards. So if you want to gain insight into life as a maker and insider tips on selling your own products, don’t miss this opportunity!

We’ll meet at Careers and Employability Centre then walk over the shop location to speak with Melissa Montague (www.melissamontague.co.uk/) and Rachel of Dot Cotton Crafts (www.dotcottoncrafts.co.uk/), who will show you round the shop and explain how the partnership came about. Following this we’ll return to the Careers Centre for a Q and A session with local makers and input from the Enterprise Team around the support available from SHU in selling your own products.

When: Friday 27th October 
Where: Sheffield Institute of Arts, Fitzalan Square, Sheffield, S1 2AY
Book your place via UniHub https://unihub.shu.ac.uk/students/events/detail/520463

Jo Peel – Under Construction

Friday 27th Oct: 7pm
Jo Peel – Under Construction – Off the Shelf

Jo Peel’s exquisite work documents her fascination with everyday scenes in great detail.

From abandoned East London construction sites to the streets of Tokyo, Pittsburgh and Sheffield, all are captured in her well-observed and unique style. She is also the creator of this year’s Off the Shelf brochure cover. Jo discusses her work in this beautifully illustrated talk.

When: Friday 27th October
Where: Sheffield Institute of Arts (Old Post Office), Fitzalan Square, S1 2AY
Tickets in advance £6/£5 book here:  Off the Shelf


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