The festival that explores the big questions is back for its third consecutive year.
York Design Week will take place from Wednesday 20 to Tuesday 26 October 2021.
The festival will feature a range of exhibitions, workshops, installations, talks and live music – both in-person and online.
This year’s theme is What a Pickle? and aims to explore possible solutions to a range of issues.
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“We’re living in challenging times,” said York Design Week co-founder Rebecca Carr.
“Increasing uncertainty about the future can often leave us feeling powerless and fearful.
“York Design Week 2021 sets out to ask: What if we weren’t in such a pickle? What would that look, feel and be like? How could we design a way there? And how can we work together to do this?”
The festival will engage with complex issues such as mental health, poverty, the climate crisis, racism, and more.
All events for York Design Week are free and open to everyone, including a series of family-friendly events.
“The team has worked very hard to bring a diverse array of perspectives to the table this year, to discuss and explore possible solutions to the complex challenges we face,” said York Design Week co-founder Richard Corrigan.
York Design Week is a collaborative festival, working with partners across the city.
Partners include the MCN Network, York Civic Trust, Guild of Media Arts, York St John University and City of York Council – who have supported the event from their recent Additional Recovery Grant from the government.
Highlights for 2021
- How to start a Student Housing Revolution – Wednesday 20 October, 4-5:30pm, Online
With over 10% of York’s population made up of students, there is a focus on housing. Sometimes this housing can be substandard and far too expensive. This event explores conversations around creating coops and radical action to ease the current student housing crisis.
- What If? York – Thursday 21 Oct, 7pm, Online
An interactive online event where podcast host, author and founder of the Transition Network, Rob Hopkins, explores how wild ideas could be future reality.
- Temperature of the City – Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 October, 10am to 5pm, York Theatre Royal
Artist Roanna Wells invites residents to take part in a co-created painting installation. Participants will add their mark by responding to questions on personal wellbeing via brushstrokes.
- Drawsome! – Saturday 23rd October, SPARK
Let your little one’s imagination run wild with a series of family-friendly workshops.
- Art is My Career – Sunday 24 and Monday 25 Oct, 12-4pm York St John University/SPARK
Billed as ‘Not a Careers Fair’ where young people can get a first-hand perspective on what it is really like to peruse a career in the arts and creative sector.
For more information on the festival and to see the full programme of events, please visit the York Design Week website.