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Northern Creatives

Events to support Northern Collaborations. Northern Creatives™ is a new T-Shirts and Suits® project in partnership with NorthernNet™ to help creative enterprises in the North of England to collaborate and innovate.

Website: http://www.northerncreatives.com
Location: North of England: North East, Yorkshire, North West regions
Members: 136
Latest Activity: Jun 2, 2014

Northern Creatives™ is a new T-Shirts and Suits® project in partnership with NorthernNet™ to help creative enterprises to innovate and make profitable collaborations across the three regions of the North of England.

All creative businesses in the North East, Yorkshire and the North West regions are welcome to join the Northern Creatives network.

David Parrish from the T-Shirts and Suits Creative Enterprise Network™ is working in partnership with NorthernNet to organise events to encourage innovation and collaborations between Northern creative enterprises.

Events will help connect creative companies in Yorkshire with potential partners in the North West. These free workshops will discuss the business issues involved in creating profitable collaborations and also provide networking opportunities. The first dual-location interactive events will link businesses in Yorkshire and the North West using the Media Access Bureaus (MABs) of the NorthernNet high-speed telecommunication infrastructure located in Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, and MediaCityUK in Salford.

Free events - book now!

Monday 8th March. 5.00 - 8.00 pm
Salford – MediaCityUK
Leeds – Round Foundry

Monday 22nd March. 10.00 - 1.00 pm
Liverpool – FACT
Sheffield – Electric Works

These short interactive events are free to attend. Refreshments will be provided. Numbers in each venue are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Contact Susie Kennedy to reserve your place:
0844 395 0385

Creative businesses in the north of England can benefit by innovating and collaborating across the northern regions, becoming more competitive at a time when the BBC is moving to MediaCity UK in Salford and the Northern Way Growth Fund has invested £9.4m in NorthernNet, a high speed telecommunications infrastructure offering reliable symmetric network of 100Mbs upgradeable to 1 Gbps.

This new NorthernNet infrastructure includes new Media Access Bureaus (MABs) in cities across the northern regions and has been designed to enable collaboration across the North West, Yorkshire and the North East.

For more information about NorthernNet, including the locations of MABs throughout the North, see: www.northernnet.co.uk

There's never been a better time for creative enterprises across the North of England to find suitable collaborators and win new business.

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Comment by Carol Ryder on March 2, 2012 at 14:33

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Comment by Abscraft on September 3, 2011 at 16:29
The Wirral Open Studio Tour also features in my own blog and I will be updating the blog for the Oxton Art Fair when I have the details of the new exhibitors, I am on sabbatical this year but helping with promotion. Several invited guests artists will be showing this year along with Oxton Artists from previous shows... the show will be at the new and improved Williamson Art Gallery at the end of November.
Comment by Abscraft on September 3, 2011 at 16:25
I am getting ready for the Wirral Open Studio Tour and prepping the blog I will be relocating to Hoylake for the weekend of the tour 24th and 25th of September
Comment by Frank Collins on June 30, 2011 at 16:35

If you are a designer, and wish to exhibit alongside these top names, applications are still open through to 15th July 2011. Details are available from our website www.liverpooldesignfestival.com/design-show

The annual celebration of contemporary design and catwalk fashion returns for its third year.

Following last year’s great success with visitors and exhibitors alike the Design Show has been extended to 3 days this year in the stunning neo-classical surroundings of the Grade 1 listed St Georges Hall. Around 100 independent designer makers of furniture, ceramics, lighting, jewellery and fashion will be showing their work, discussing their skills and selling their creations to an expected 5000 visitors. (Ticket info www.liverpooldesignfestival.com)

The Key Exhibitors this year are;

Tatty Devine –Handmade in England, Tatty Devine is famous for its inventive and creative jewellery. They have been commissioned to create catwalk pieces as well as high street collections and enjoy cult status in Japan, America and Australia as well as Europe. Listed by Dazed and Confused as one of the top 50 coolest brands worldwide this is their first visit to Liverpool. Design Show visitors can have fun creating their own accessories in Tatty Devine’s weekend workshops.

Curiousa and Curiousa – Esther Patterson produces elegant lamps and lighting from hand blown glass and bone china. Drawing on her background in graphic design Esther also creates surface patterns for fabric and these were recently featured on BBC2’s ‘Britain’s Next Big Thing’.

Kirsty Hull – one of the big successes at last year’s Design Show, Kirsty is an up and coming Cheshire based furniture designer and upholsterer who breathes new life into traditional designs with her unique hand embroidered fabrics. Whether rescuing old furniture or working with new solid mahogany frames all Kirsty’s pieces are handmade using traditional methods.

Thorsten Van Elten – Theo is the new eclectic and inspirational online shop brought to you by Thorsten van Elten who has been producing icon design-led objects such as the Pigeon Light, Antlers and Plant Cup since 2002.Theo launched in July 2010 and sells mainly British and Central European products which have a long lasting quality and aesthetic. Their motto is: Buy less…but buy better!

Lazerian – Manchester based artist Liam Hopkins creates breathtaking furniture and lamps precision cut from cardboard and plywood with a wood router . These beautiful sculptural pieces draw crowds to wonder at how they defy the limitations of such prosaic materials.

There will also be the premiere of the A/W 2011 collection from Claudette Joseph on the catwalk. Claudette can count Helen Mirren and Julie Christie as customers, and her latest collection combines influences and inspirations from the 1940′s featuring strong lines with a colour palette of white, chartreuse, navy and soft rose. The Design Show gives visitors an exclusive opportunity to meet Claudette and order or buy directly from her as her clothes are not available in shops or boutiques in the North West. www.claudettejoseph.co.uk

Explaining the ethos at the heart of the Liverpool Design Festival, Director Tara Badami, said;

“We want to inspire and excite designers and public alike by providing a platform and a focus on the very best in contemporary design.”

During the four day festival there will be a Design Trail for the intrepid and not-so-intrepid design consumer to follow across the city, offering opportunities to view exhibitions and installations of high quality work from textiles in the suburbs of Crosby and Kirkby, to photography, furniture and fashion in city centre stores. Partnering again with other Liverpool venues committed to contemporary design, the Design Trail will also highlight exhibits at the Bluecoat, the Tate and FACT.

During the Design Show there will be an exhibition of work by winners and runners up in Design Stars – a competition for school pupils which aims to encourage the designers of the future by participating in workshops with professionals. Last year’s categories were product, surface pattern and video game design.

The Design Festival and show are run by Design Initiative which is an industry body and charity based in Liverpool and Manchester. It works to support independent designers, helping them to promote their work and provide professional development through talks, seminars and conferences. The Design Festival and Show are made possible with the financial support of the City of Liverpool and Arts Council England.

Comment by Samantha Mills on May 4, 2011 at 16:45
Manchester Jewellers Network is looking for members who wish to promote the creative aspect to jewellery design, and also a city centre meeting venue.  We are touring Adornments for justice at the moment, and looking to secure selling venues and shows for the group.
Comment by Tom Clarke on April 30, 2011 at 14:41

Afternoon folks,


Well, I've figured its about time that I introduced myself! My name is Tom Clarke and i'm about to graduate from LJMU with a BA Hons degree in Popular Music Studies. Because of my passion for the relationships between sound and image, my specialist subject area is undoubtedly audio-visual theory - something that my course has allowed me to concentrate on, and even write a Dissertation for.


Prior to University I also completed Graphic Arts, I've been DJ'ing for several years and have been familiar with audio production since I was 16, so I'm pretty versatile!


I've joined T-Shirts and Suits to search for like-minded individuals and of course to find some employability oppurtunities, so don't be afraid to drop a line!


Take it easy,



Comment by Abscraft on September 5, 2010 at 10:09
I have set up a new group on Facebook called Art on Wirral - The Left Bank of the Mersey as a place for all Wirral based art related postings.

I am also involved with a major project as part of the Independents called The Six Rooms Gallery, there will be three exhibitions during the time of the Independents

I am also getting ready for the 7th annual Oxton Art Fair at the Williamson Art Gallery, 19 artists showing their work

Comment by Les Selby on August 19, 2010 at 13:44
Call for Collaboration (August 2010 No 1): (Freelance Web Developer)

Alba Associates has been approached by a Manchester based businesses that provides specialist delivery of online support and advice services based platforms. The Client is looking for a freelance Web Designer / Developer to contribute in the following ways.

The client wishes to work with a partner (freelancer) who can contribute towards the team with their ability to turn ideas into specs for coding (mock ups, process maps / notes as well as help out with testing. The person is needed to contribute as a team member to current projects.

The client would like to partner with someone who has design and usability skills (Photoshop and CSS) as well as helping with graphics to make interface for users pleasant, usable and accessible. Would also be able assist with coding requirements (php / sql / ajax) would be most attractive.

The client would like the opportunity to meet in an informal manner at the next Wired City Reconnected event (Manchester 23rd September). By meeting at the event, will allow the client to meet and review a possible partner without have to hear any sales pitch or receive any unnecessary cold calls? Once they have received the business profile materials and met the potential business they would like to select the right partner with the most suitable solution.

The client is looking for a regional based business partner North East rather than overseas agency. Their preference is to partner with freelance business that is willing to work under their label on projects.

Alba Associates hold no additional information on the client or business. We would ask you to contact us to obtain a template business profile document ...which we will forward then forward to our client to explore possible introductions. (In this business profile you could include links to websites / evidence of work...as well as rates. The profile should be greater than 150 words. Please do not send us pdf of your work / profile).

Please note that there are no fees attached to arrangements for any introductions to meet the business.

To respond simply email me les.selby@albaassoc.com for a business profile, and once completed will be sent directed to the business concerned.
Comment by Frank Collins on May 13, 2010 at 17:01

Liverpool Design Festival

The Design Show: 19th – 21st November 2010

The Call For Entries application pack can be downloaded from HERE

Alternatively, if you want a pack emailing to you please email Frank Collins with your contact details and the pack will be emailed or posted to you.

Our standard exhibition shell schemes, complete with power, lighting and name board, at 3m x 1m will be available and you’ll be able to purchase additional square metres to create bigger stands. We can also offer you a space only option allowing you to create and install your own stand.

The deadlines for applications and price points:
Apply before May 31st and if you’re selected you’ll qualify for the Early Bird Offer of a standard shell scheme of 3m x 1m at £250 plus £50 per additional square metre required.
Prices will revert to the standard charge of £350 per 3m x 1m shell scheme plus £50 per additional square metre required if you successfully apply after May 31st.
We welcome applications from group exhibitors and stand sharers conditional on all exhibitors on the stand being successfully selected by the panel.

The Liverpool Design Festival was launched in November 2009 as a new annual design and contemporary craft festival in Liverpool. In 2009 the Festival incorporated, in its first year, over a dozen events in Liverpool city centre and wider Merseyside area and nearly 8000 people visited or participated in exhibitions, workshops, debates and talks and the Festival saw hundreds of designers from across the UK showcase their work.

The 2010 Festival, building on the success of the previous year’s events, celebrates and promotes quality design, encouraging an appreciation of craft and design by the widest possible audience, providing opportunities for participation, particularly by young people, in design and artistic appreciation whilst also supporting new and emerging practitioners.

The Liverpool Design Festival will run from the 18th November to 27th November 2010.

The Design Show will be the signature event of the Festival and aims to showcase the best in contemporary design from the North West and the rest of the UK. It will present a selection of exciting and inspiring interior products, glass, ceramics, furniture, lighting, jewellery, textiles and fashion and will run from 19th to 21st November 2010.

The event will also welcome designers producing innovative new work and those that incorporate eco-design practices at the heart of their business. We offer an opportunity to launch new ranges in the UK and a high profile event that supports emerging talent and established designers.

For interior products and design and contemporary craft (including furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, jewellery, textiles and wall coverings) our independent selection panel includes:
Maureen Bampton, Director - Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
Beatrice Mayfield, Maker Development Manager - Crafts Council
Frank Collins, Design Show Project Manager - Design Initiative
David Grimshaw, Programme Leader, 3D Design - MMU
Dick Mawdsley, Director - Utility
Claire Norcross, Designer - Jerwood Prize exhibitor

We also have an independent selection panel looking at specifically at designer fashion and fashion accessories (e.g. jewellery, other wearables and bags) including:
Joanne Watkinson, Head Buyer for mywardrobe.com
Kirsty Doyle, Luxury womenswear designer and winner Project Catwalk 2006 - www.kirsty-doyle.com

More judges will be announced soon.

The Design Show will take place at the Grade 1 listed St.George’s Hall in the city centre of Liverpool. St.George's Hall is widely regarded as one of the finest neo-classical buildings in the world and stands 169ft long and 74ft wide with a tunnel vaulted ceiling - the largest of its kind in Europe. St George's Hall is central to Liverpool's Cultural Quarter and is a key part of the area which is a designated World Heritage Site. It offers a ‘must see’ event to visitors and a not to be missed opportunity for designers to show and sell their work, promote their businesses and network with trade and public visitors in a breathtakingly beautiful setting.

In 2009 the Festival generated the advertising value equivalent of approximately £130,000 in print, web and broadcast media coverage across 60 on and off-line publications, including The Guardian, Easy Jet Traveller Magazine, Big Issue, Your Move, BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC Radio 4, Liverpool Echo, Liverpool Daily Post, Lancashire Telegraph and sites such as Pure Design, Creative Boom and ArtInLiverpool.Com. The Festival will again expect to achieve press and media coverage at local and regional levels as well as attracting significant national interest in 2010.

If you need further details please contact:

Frank Collins
0161 834 3722

You can also sign up to Festival bulletins on the Festival website www.liverpooldesignfestival.com
Comment by Glenn Maguire on May 12, 2010 at 11:43
On Friday the 14th May sparkleVFX will be at the FACT centre in Liverpool as part of the Light Night Event. As the evening coincides with sparkleVFX launch night we’re giving away some great prizes. We have 2 fully licensed copies of the excellent 3D package Silo www.nevercenter.com (used by sparkleVFX) and 2 copies of D’Artiste Character Modelling book from Ballistic Media. All you have to do to enter is turn up on the night or enter by email below. Please read the terms and conditions. We look forward to seeing you.


How to enter.

Silo 3D
Email prizedraw@sparklevfx.com with Silo in the subject box to enter for the Silo 3D License. In the email include your full name and a password to retrieve the prize.

Ballistic Media - D’artiste
Email prizedraw@sparklevfx.com with Ballistic in the subject box to enter for the Ballistic Media book. In the email include your full name and a password to retrieve the prize

Please read the terms and conditions before entering.

1.By Entering the prize you are agreeing to the terms and conditions.
2.Decisions by the SparkleVFX staff is final
3.Prizes will be given out at approx. 8pm on May 14th. You must be at the FACT centre Liverpool to accept your prize or send a representative with your password to pick it up on your behalf. If you are not there to accept your prize the draw will happen again.
4.There is no cash alternative
5.FACT, Nevercentre or Ballistic Media are not responsible for this prize draw
6.There will be no personal email responses from the prize draw email address.
7.Only one email address can enter per prize.
8.The Prize draw can be entered on the evening at FACT Liverpool

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