Businesses join third annual Leicester Design Season

Design consultancies Loop and The Unloved will curate a public event featuring design and illustration work from freelance designers, creative …

Businesses across Leicester are taking part in its third annual design season.

The event, dubbed DS3, takes place until October 30, and celebrates the city’s historically strong design sector.

The season – which will see many of the events in the form of online workshops, talks and discussions this year – is being curated by the team at creative workspace LCB Depot, along with Leicester’s designers and design businesses.

In line with social distancing restrictions there will, however, be three city centre exhibitions.

Design consultancies Loop and The Unloved will curate a public event featuring design and illustration work from freelance designers, creative companies and students.

It is viewable from outside The Unloved’s offices in Charles Street.

At LCB Depot visitors will also be able to enjoy ArtChannel, a multi-screen video installation showcasing digital art and design.

There will also be a Design Showcase Exhibition at LCB Depot, featuring architecture, graphic design, illustration, product and furniture design, interactive design, fashion and craft.

Another event will be the return of the Open Brand Collaboration, inviting designers, students and the general public to use their creative flair to show off their talents.

Love Architecture will also return with a series of seven events for professionals, students and families.

Other highlights include founder and chair of the Architects’ Mental Wellbeing Forum, Ben Channon, leading a session on improving mental health in the professions and RIBA London director Dan Sian, who will discuss diversity in the architecture industry, her experiences, and the work she is doing to encourage change within the RIBA and the profession.

LCB Depot will also be launching LCB TV, offering a chance to hear more from people in the local design and business community.

Digital agency Effect will be profiling its outreach work, which has seen it help War Child raise money to protect vulnerable children affected by coronavirus.

And the team at Leicester’s Haley Sharpe Design will also talking about their recent work on displays for the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

LCB Depot workspace manager James Burkmar said: “DS3 has seen us work closely with businesses across the city to really make this a season for both the industry and the public, to help strengthen and build relationships.

“Leicester is a quiet giant in the design world, but it’s time for us to start shouting a little louder.”

He said there would also be emphasis on a new Design Leicester collaboration for designers and design businesses.

He said: “Design Leicester will be a collective voice to facilitate networking, opportunities and growth.

“These discussions will hopefully be the beginning of something hugely beneficial for anyone connected to design in Leicester.”

The full event programme for DS3 can be found online at www.designseason.uk.