Evolve - Designed & Made Annual Showcase 2006
Opening Times: Monday-Friday: 11.00am – 7.00pm Saturdays: 11.00am – 6.00pm Sundays: 11.00am – 5.00pm

Guest Hall
Friars Street
Newcastle upon Tyne

21 unique visions of 21st century contemporary applied arts and design will take centre stage at the 13th century of Blackfriars friary in Newcastle city centre this autumn.

Evolve, the highlight of Designed & Made’s year, will showcase a panoply of creativity, innovation and excellence in contemporary ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery, metalwork and much more. 21 leading designer-makers from across Northumberland, Durham, Sunderland, North and South Tyneside and NewcastleGateshead have come together for this inspirational ten-day event at Blackfriars to work with guest creative director, Allie Smith.

Allie Smith writes: ‘What links us to our past? Where do we find inspiration in the present? In the meeting of ancient and modern, in the collision of thought, we evolve.

‘Evolution shows us where we have been, where we are and where we are destined. In sacred traditions and in embracing the present, we live a life by design. Fusing the rich histories of the old and the new, contemporary north east designer-makers are pushing the boundaries of traditional techniques in craft to give us new inspirations; new visions; new histories.’