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Dundee Design Festival 2017

Thursday 25th May - Monday 29th May


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Dundee, the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design, will host its second design festival from 24th –29th May 2017. Returning to West Ward Works for a stimulating series of workshops, performances, exhibitions and talks, the festival will use the rich backdrop of this former print factory as context in which to describe what making means now.

This year’s theme is ‘Factory Floor’ which acknowledges the connection between the traditional view of working factories and assembly lines with contemporary design processes, materials and tools.

We’ve drawn inspiration from Dundee’s illustrious yet complex industrial heritage and the extraordinary festival venue itself. Across three enormous galleries of this former print works, we present a series of dynamic exhibitions that bring together international designers from Dundee to Detroit whose work combines traditional industrial processes with handmade techniques. You can expect to experience an assembly line of creative activity at West Ward Works.

This year’s festival is all about making, so we’re inviting people to don a smock, roll up their sleeves and try out new techniques at one of our many drop-in and ticketed workshops. These include plaster casting, model making, and carving jewellery from jewellers wax to make your very own solid silver ring.

Visit the main Gallery 1 anytime over the Festival which is given over to a large exhibition, celebrating makers, materials and machines. Featuring designers from across the globe including Annika Fry from Germany and Thing Thing from Detroit who work across ceramics, furniture, interiors, jewellery, product, textiles, and healthcare design. What connects their work is a shared curiosity to test materials and explore new techniques

Also in Gallery 1, WRKSHP is a practical work base, maker space and demonstration studio. Co-designed and produced by Creative Dundee, WRKSHP provides workbenches and desktops for you to drop in and work from, as well as a programme of drop-in and ticketed workshops and demos by designers and makers

Print Festival Scotland – a partnership between Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), invites you to enter a world of pure imagination – and a lot of print. Print City will be a monumental, immersive installation built from hundreds of large-scale, hand-printed cardboard building blocks that come together to form an abstract cityscape.

In the evenings, we have a whole host of special events including Pecha Kucha Night Vol 18 and film screenings, including the UK premiere of the documentary Graphic Means.

We’re also delighted to be hosting the first live performance in his hometown by Andrew Wasylyk of his new album Themes for Buildings and Spaces featuring haunting music inspired by Dundee’s post-industrial landscapes.

And for one evening only, Dundee Design Festival invites you to come down to West Ward Works and help form the Singer Machine Choir, a vast chorus of voices that together will playfully conjure the sounds of factories past and present.

This year the Dundee Design Festival is widening out across the city and includes activity around town – including factory visits, the University of Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone Degree Show, a pop-up discussion on the recent Dundee GovJam and the Innovate UK Forum, a chance to hear about how to bid for funding for innovative companies.

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Angus, Dundee and Perthshire

West Ward Works
Guthrie Street


Thursday 25th May - Monday 29th May


Start Time & Duration:
10am -5pm


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