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LCB Design Season 1 Hailed a Success

This autumn saw the city celebrate its first Design Season, as Leicester city centre’s creative hub, LCB Depot, hosted DS1 across an 8 week period. 

The inaugural event has been hailed a huge success as it celebrated the work of Leicester’s design businesses, from architecture to illustrators, through a series of exhibitions, workshops and performances. 

The real highlight of LCB DS1 was seeing the number of top level contributors come together to showcase their work and highlight the possibilities within the design industry. From talks by multi-award-winning architects, such as Evans Vettori, to award-winning designers including Hannah Croft, founder and chief designer of experimental materials studio, MUUNA. The work on show has been recognised both nationally and internationally and is often being created from right here on our doorstep.

During the season, industry professionals, members of the public, students and press came together for a range of events, focussing on a number of different areas of the design industry. From fashion to architecture and street art to family LEGO building sessions, LCB DS1 provided a fantastic spectrum of immersive activity.

In programming the season, the LCB Depot management team worked closely with designers, architects, illustrators, digital and other creative businesses to pull together the diverse programme of exhibitions, showcasing regional, national and international work, with the aim of raising profile, gaining exposure, involving the public in their works and offering independent creatives a new platform.

Among the highlights of the season was the month long Love Architecture programme, which included an Easy Saturday event at LCB Depot with record numbers of families through the doors to enjoy creating Leicester out of Minecraft, building a LEGO city, and teaching children about the beauty of buildings. In a bid to draw a new audience into architecture, they also held a sold out city architecture beer tour, which involved a walking tour of the city’s pubs with discussion on the history of the buildings.

For those interested in fashion and craft there were events including We Ar Tex, who hosted a fashion pop-up showcasing their favourite independent designers with live music. Their aim to break the walls between designers, brands and customers, sat perfectly within the ethos of DS1. Similarly TACIT, saw designer makers from across Leicester and the wider UK display just how alive the contemporary craft scene is. Finally, the season rounded off with a showcase from award winning residents of Makers Yard, with an LCB Depot fashion takeover.

LCB Depot Workspace Manager, James Burkmar, commented,

“This was our first Design Season and it’s been wonderful to see how well it was embraced by the city, the businesses around us in the Cultural Quarter, and the public in general. We worked hard on the programming to involve not just the creative community, but to open it up to some new faces, to families and to those who perhaps aren’t already familiar with the work here at LCB Depot.”

“The season has been a great success for us, with record numbers of people through the doors at events, meetings creatives, buying from independents and celebrating what the city has to offer. As the city centre’s creative hub, LCB Depot is very proud to work with so many ambitious businesses and we’re certainly looking forward to building on this towards our next season.”

Further information on Design Season 2 will be announced in due course. To keep up to date with other events at LCB Depot please visit follow them on Twitter @lcbdepot.

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