CR’s pick of exhibitions, design events and creative activities for the week ahead including Don’t Shoot The Messenger design show in Helsinki, Felt Mistress in Cardiff, Volume Book & Print Fair in Birmingham, Manchester and Salford Illustrated, Type Tuesday at St. Bride, the launch of Bristol Independent Publishers, Braun Systems print show, Anders Petersen in Paris, and the East London Design Show…
Don’t Shoot the Messenger
Design Museum, Helsinki
Until Thu 12 Dec
Exhibition of work from sixteen designers and design offices from across Europe, exploring the contemporary challenges of graphic design and where the industry might be heading, sighting the designer as the ‘messenger’ whose role is being redefined as the field expands and transforms.
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Fri 6 Dec – Sun 5 Jan
New show from Felt Mistress (aka Louise Evans) and partner/collaborator Jonathan Edwards, with hand-crafted creatures, made from vintage fabrics, huddled in stairwells and suspended from ceilings around the building. Evan’s characters include a snow queen, a woodland guru and a 9ft a huggable yeti, inspired by Edwards illustrations, in watercolour, acrylic and ink, which will also be on show – work that regularly features in the Guardian and appears on the covers of albums from artists including the Jungle Brothers and the Black Eyed Peas.
Volume Art, Book & Print Fair
Library of Birmingham
Thu 5 – Sat 7 Dec
A celebration of independent publishing, with a fair of books, prints and artwork, workshops on writing for digital, artist books, lino printing, book binding and more, and panel discussions and talks with guest speakers including musician, artist and writer Bill Drummond, designer Morag Myerscough and Typotheque’s Peter Bilak.
Manchester and Salford Illustrated
52 Princess Street, Manchester
Until Tue 31 Dec
Exhibition showcasing local design and illustration work from artists who were invited to respond to the local area and the ‘uniqueness of ordinary life’, to produce work of any medium in A3 size. All proceeds from the event will go to local charity Wood Street Mission.
St. Bride Foundation, London
Tue 10 Dec
Reading University host an archive night with a talk from type designer and writer Gerry Leonidas, who will be selecting material from the history of typography, publishing and printing.
Bristol Independent Publishers: BIP Launch Night
Roll for the soul, Bristol
Fri 6 Dec
Launch event for the BIP collective, showcasing and celebrating locally published magazines, including Lionhart, Boneshaker, Paper Publication, Cereal, Loaf and Off Life, with music, drinks and back issues of the indy mags to peruse.
Walter Knoll, London
Until Tue 31 Dec
Over 30 creative studios have produced prints in response to the theme of Braun systems, including photography, typographic prints and geometric designs, which will appear alongside Braun products and archive material from the company. Click here to read and see more from the exhibition on the CR blog.
La Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris
Until Fri 7 Feb
‘A photo shouldn’t speak of photography, it should speak of life.’ Monographic exhibition of work from Swedish photographer Anders Petersen, whose striking black-and-white images often blur the lines between documentary, street photography and intimate portraiture.
East London Design Show
Old Truman Brewery, London
Thu 5 – Sun 8 Dec
Alternative Christmas shopping with products from new designers and makers, and established independent brands. Demos and workshops include ‘Design your own Christmas’ in the Crafthouse area, screen-printing for greetings cards and textiles, up-cycling, and story-telling and drawing sessions with Walkers Books.
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