Conferences and Talks

Dundee Design Festival 2017

Dundee Design Festival

Deadline: 30 May 2017 at 10:00

Dundee, the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design, will host its second design festival from 24th –29th May 2017. Returning to West Ward Works for a stimulating series of workshops, performances, exhibitions and talks, the festival will use the rich backdrop of this former print factory as context in which to describe what making means now.

This year’s theme is ‘Factory Floor’ which acknowledges the connection between the traditional view of working factories and assembly lines with contemporary design processes, materials and tools.

We’ve drawn inspiration from Dundee’s illustrious yet complex industrial heritage and the extraordinary festival venue itself. Across three enormous galleries of this former print works, we present a series of dynamic exhibitions that bring together international designers from Dundee to Detroit whose work combines traditional industrial processes with handmade techniques. You can expect to experience an assembly line of creative activity at West Ward Works.

This year’s festival is all about making, so we’re inviting people to don a smock, roll up their sleeves and try out new techniques at one of our many drop-in and ticketed workshops. These include plaster casting, model making, and carving jewellery from jewellers wax to make your very own solid silver ring.

There’s a day of wild experiments working with expanding materials and spinning machines with the brilliant design duo Silo Studio, plus a Foldability workshop led by origami expert and Glasgow School of Art graduate Kyla McCallum who will be teaching the complex technique of folding and pleating with fabrics.

In the evenings, we have a whole host of special events including Pecha Kucha Night Vol 18 and film screenings, including the UK premiere of the documentary Graphic Means.

We’re also delighted to be hosting the first live performance in his hometown by Andrew Wasylyk of his new album Themes for Buildings and Spaces featuring haunting music inspired by Dundee’s post-industrial landscapes.

And for one evening only, Dundee Design Festival invites you to come down to West Ward Works and help form the Singer Machine Choir, a vast chorus of voices that together will playfully conjure the sounds of factories past and present.

Make sure you check out the full programme: and for daily updates follow us on Twitter @designdundee and Facebook

Location: Dundee City

For further information, please contact or call 01382 307456, or visit

The deadline is Tuesday 30 May 2017 at 10:00.

Crafts / Design / Digital Technology and Games / Education / Festivals / Traditional Arts / Visual Arts / Cultural Tourism