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Spotted 2016 New designers metal


This year at New Designers in The Business Design centre, Islington we spotted so much amazing talent on display. Five makers stood out from the crowd as our ‘spotted’ selection for 2016. Andrew Scott’s (Duncan of Jordanstone University) hand-painted bold coloured textiles caught our eye instantly. Inspired by his trip to Burano Italy, the bright…

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Lily Read


This year we were once again amazed by the talent at Manchester Metropolitan University’s degree show. We spotted unique work using a diverse range of materials and techniques. One very special graduate from Manchester School of Art, whose work we feel is of considerable mention, is awarded the ‘Annual MMU Graduate Solo Exhibition Award’. They have…

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For the second year in a row we have awarded three Textiles and Surface Design graduates from the University of Bolton the opportunity to run a four-day pop up show here at MCDC in September. We will also give them installation support and digital promotion, and a discounted place at one of our Creative Business Development workshops….

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Future Makers 2016 – A Review

Degree Show Season is approaching and Future Makers is drawing to a close for another year. So for those who missed it (and those who didn’t!), here’s our round-up of the 11 new graduate makers who featured in our studios this year… Mark Newman Mark’s work is influenced by theories surrounding the Human Condition. Through the exploration…

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Verity Howard Guldagergaard © Ole Akhoj

Pottery meets Pewter

This year we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of our Graduate Solo Exhibition Award, an annual prize awarded to a Manchester Metropolitan University graduate who shows exceptional talent and potential. The Award supports designer-makers in the challenging period between graduation and setting up their creative business, and includes a year of bespoke professional development support from our team…

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dione bowlt

Spotted: New Designers

This year we also took a trip to London to spot some up and coming creatives from over 3000 on display at New Designers. Katie Taylor’s collection of enamelled and etched vessels is uniquely formed. Katie designs each piece as an interpretation of an abandoned room. From Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design we spotted Oscar Copping, Dione…

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Tui Krosschel

Spotted 2015: MMU

Once again we were amazed by the talent at Manchester Metropolitan University’s degree show. We spotted unique work from a diverse range of practices. We also awarded one outstanding graduate the MMU Graduate Solo Exhibition Award. Now in it’s tenth year, the award winner secures a solo exhibition at the centre, bespoke professional development support…

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University of Bolton Pop-up Showcase Award

Since 2011 we have been supporting new graduates by spotting and celebrating emerging talent at degree shows. In addition to presenting one MMU graduate with an Annual MMU Graduate Solo Exhibition Award, this year for the first time we awarded two Textiles and Surface Design graduates from the University of Bolton the opportunity to run a four day pop up show here at…

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SEED: Our winner

We’re really excited to announce that James Donegan won our architectural design competition with his impressive structure, SEED (below). The competition was tough, with 26 entries which showed ambition, skill and innovation. You can still view our proposals in our previous post. SEED is inspired by the change in seasons which will occur throughout the exhibition (February…

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Twitter Takeover

As part of our #MakerMonday here at MCDC, yesterday we handed over our twitter reins to Ella from This Is Pewter. Throughout the day she tweeted about her work as a pewtersmith, designer and maker, and took part in a Q&A session. It was a great chance to see behind the scenes of her studio…

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