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Guild backs York as ‘City of Active Design’

todayOctober 20, 2020 8

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York’s newest guild is backing the city’s newest annual festival.

The Guild of Media Arts is proud to be a programme partner in York Design Week, which runs from October 26 to November 1.

The Guild says the Design Week will encourage everyone to get involved in designing a positive future for the city with a programme of in-person events, social distancing measures in place, and a huge range of online workshops, exhibitions seminars and talks.

It’s the second year that design creatives in the city have come together to organize a week aiming to explore and participate in York’s thriving creative scene. Design Week is rapidly becoming a key element of York  as a UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts.

This year, there will be 43 events organised into five themes: ‘Re-Wild’ ‘Play’ ‘Share’ ‘Make Space’ and ‘Trust’.

Events will include workshops bringing together homeless people and architects to work on solutions for housing, sessions on innovation and rule-breaking, an exhibition inspired by a unique York printing firm, discussions on community art and planning and city trails designed by individual York citizens. York Design Week is also teaming up with organisations like SEED. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Wild Streets to educate, inspire and demonstrate the creative ways we can reduce our carbon emissions and increase biodiversity.

“We’ve worked hard to ensure all our events are as inclusive and immersive as possible, as York Design Week is an opportunity for people of York to really make their mark, actively shaping the city into a place we want to spend our time,” says Rich Corrigan, from Dogeatcog Agency and co-founder of York Design Week.

Rebecca Carr, one of the co-founders of York Design Week and owner of Kaizen Arts Agency adds,  “We believe that to enable good change we need to create a population of activists, people who make space to do what they love, for the right reasons. We want to see York’s citizens take control of their local environment and communities to help shape the city they want to live in. York Design Week is one of those opportunities for people to start making their mark.”

Olivia Chatten, Master of the Guild of Media Arts said, “We are delighted to support York Design Week. It’s a major opportunity to show how creativity in design and active participation can make York a better place to work, live and play.”

Full information on social distancing measures, and which events will be accessible online, as well as the full programme can be found at



Written by: YO1 Radio Web Team

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