Visiting Birmingham Design Festival? Here are some highlights...

Birmingham Design Festival features some of the biggest names in the business... and it’s coming this June. Why not get planning with our handy guide to what's on? The four-day event is aimed at professionals and design lovers alike. It has everything from creative workshops to glitzy evening keynotes by leading luminaries including Trevor Beattie, Anthony Burrill, ustwo and Craig Oldham. Artisan Alchemy will also be opening its doors to welcome fans of fine furniture and jewellery in two lunchtime gallery tours. It's the perfect opportunity to come and see some of the amazing designers we have in store, and meet our owner, leading contemporary jeweller Michele White. Michele just won the 3D prize for her pendant 'Icicle' in the Royal Birmingham Society of Artist's prestigious Prize Exhibition...

Launch and highlights

The festival launches on Wednesday 6 June at Medicine Bakery and Gallery with a Private View of the exhibition Forward Thinking. The show features 34 Birmingham designers, artists and illustrators. Then we're straight to the heart of the debate with Creativity: Birmingham vs. London on Thursday. There's a guide to ethical brand storytelling at BCU's STEAMhouse and a workshop at the School of Jewellery on making big ideas happen. Hear a self-publishing success story in Gamers Don't Read. Or learn about a collaborative project involving homeless people in The Hand of Change. Birmingham Design Festival

Hit the streets...

The walkers among you should check out:

Birmingham design mapped out...

Birmingham gets a virtual makeover for the festival. It will be carved up into three ‘Design Districts’: Graphic, Digital, and Product, in the city centre, Digbeth, and Jewellery Quarter. And remember! Artisan Alchemy will be giving a series of free gallery tours.
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Thursday highlights:

  • Creativity: Birmingham vs. London with Sweta Pathak
  • Dave Sedgwick from StudioDBD discussing his practice
  • Fostering Creative Communities with Eve Warren
  • Artisan Alchemy Gallery Tour
  • Gemma Germains on ‘imposter syndrome’
  • Natural History Museum UX designer Florence Okoye
There's a strong arts and culture emphasis on Thursday. Check out the Substrakt Digital Works event on design for cultural organisations. Headliners for Thursday are: Rejane Dal Bello, Craig Oldham, Astrid Stavro and Anthony Burrill. An Evening Extravaganza of Printed Passion, Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Friday highlights:

  • Jo Simmons and Estelle Ricoux of digital agency Friday
  • How to Find your Brand Purpose with Naeem Alvi
  • Virtual Visual Challenges with Laura Hernandez of Visyon
  • Lou Hisbergue of North on the Science Museum Group rebrand
There’s a Letterboxes of the Jewellery Quarter tour with Kevin Thomas at 11am. In addition you can catch Michele White giving another Artisan Alchemy Tour at 1pm. Why not pay the RBSA a visit where you can see her prizewinning work alongside many others? Friday headliners are: Patrick Buroyne, Jack Renwick, Trevor Beattie, Jim Sutherland and Marina Willer. An Adventure into Advertising and Bighearted Branding.

Saturday highlights:

  • Andrew Booth and Laura Dishington, lead designer on Star Wars
  • A screening of Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Digbeth Typo Photo Walk
  • Contemporary Engineered Craft with Chris Holden and Michael Carr
  • Ed Isaacs Urban Sketching Class, RBSA
Workshops on Saturday cover: clay modelling, drawing, and making a mini matchbox Birmingham! Oh, and you can design a cocktail with Birmingham Whisky Club, too. Saturday’s headliners are: The Yarza Twins, Tom Muller and Aaron Draplin. An Illuminating Celebration of Colour, Craft & Creativity. Birmingham Design Festival

Sunday highlights:

  • The Future of Storytelling with Mike McGee (Framestore)
  • The Vernacular of Needs: Designing Belonging with Andre Reid
  • Urban Sketching with Ed Isaacs, at the RBSA
  • Will AI Take my Job?
Sunday continues with more workshops in lettering and a Cardboard Maker Session at Impact Hub. There’s also a screening of Design Disruptors at the Mockingbird Cinema. Or check out the energising series of talks at Impact Hub on urban planning and design.

In conclusion...

The Birmingham Design Festival has certainly got it covered! We’re excited to be taking part and hope to see many people visiting the Jewellery Quarter. The area showcases the best in contemporary design through the JQBID all year round. Catch some of the Quarter's most talented designers and innovators at Birmingham Made, running throughout the festival. For full details see the What’s On section of the Birmingham Design Festival website. See you there! All images © Birmingham Design Festival.

Visit Artisan Alchemy

Artisan Alchemy is a contemporary gallery in the Jewellery Quarter district of Birmingham. The area boasts the largest community of designer makers in Europe. The gallery is also host to Artisan Artemy fine jewellery. Our friendly staff will be happy to help you either in person or by telephone. Visit soon! The gallery also rents out workshops to local creative businesses.