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Leicester Design Season at LCB Depot

6 October 2022

Here’s a message from our friends at Leicester Design Season: 

Unbelievably we are at our 5th Leicester Design Season this year.  Based largely at the LCB Depot this year, the season now boasts partners from the city’s creative design industries (known as Design Leicester) and Higher Education – both courses and academics.  This year we have a season of 20 events and exhibitions which spans textiles, digital design, architecture and comprises talks, workshops and an exhibition.  Design Season aims to contribute to a fresh contemporary narrative for the city using the creative design sector to do that.

For all the latest events make sure you visit the website Leicester Design Season and most importantly follow them and share posts on social media @designseasonleicester. All events are FREE to attend with the one and only Grays Cafe Kitchen as our joint host.

Five unmissable Programme highlights

1) Urbanism in Focus. A day of events – Tuesday, 12 October – from the Urban Observatory (part of the Leicester City Council-Higher Education Civic Partnership) which look at issues relating to the urban environment and how we live.

12.00pm Urban Research – A session looking at urban research across the region and following Leicester’s growing case as a leader in this new exciting field.  BOOK HERE

2.00pm Urban Cafe – You are invited to bring and eat a lunch together that holds meaning for you in terms of family, heritage and lived experience.  BOOK HERE

6.00pm. Urbanism and the Built Environment – Grant Butterworth, Head of Planning at Leicester City Council, will chair presentations from leading Built Environment professionals and academics BOOK HERE


2) Textile Takeover. 10.00-4.00pm Saturday, 15 October 

Led by textile designers Alison Carpenter-Hughes and Rebecca Hobbs, we present a day of textile-related activity and workshops promoting skills and the circular economy. Hosted at LCB Depot with Grays Kitchen open all day. The takeover day is the first step towards the first ever @Leicester Textiles Festival planned for 2023. BOOK HERE 

3) The State of Creative AI. 13 October 5.00pm – 6.30 pm

A Talk by Luba Elliott.  Internationally renowned independent researcher and academic, Luba Elliott will present and discuss some of the most up to date contemporary applications of AI. This event continues Design Season’s partnership with the Arts AI Festival led by DMU. BOOK HERE

4) Ancient Giants: Design Dance and Martial Arts.  19 October 5.30pm – 7.00pm

Jiten Anand CEO of award-winning cultural producer Inspirate chairs talks and presentations from UK partners and looks at the role and value of working with design and designers to produce cultural festivals including Leicester’s recent Diwali celebrations BOOK HERE

5) ALL IN: 18 October 5.00pm – 8.00 pm

Design Leicester is a loose collective of designers and academics who are key to Leicester Design Season.  The ALL In group, which grew out of Design Season, presents their work, success and progress – a design-led initiative looking at best practice in inclusive access and design in venues.  Led by Bill Haley of world-renowned Haley Sharpe Design   BOOK HERE


Looking forward to seeing you out and about