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Hallam University opens its doors for Sheffield Design Week

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Sheffield Hallam University is opening its doors next week for Sheffield Design Week 2017.

Sheffield Design Week is a festival of design, art, technology, architecture and performances taking in exhibitions, talks, workshops, open studios and lectures. The week-long festival plays host to an array of local, regional, national and international design, architectural and creative names.

It is a collaborative platform supported by the University's Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA) which is holding a series of design-focused events.

The festival kicks off on Monday 23 October with a pop-up design studio led by SIA's MA design course outside Sheffield train station, looking at designing the future of the city. The pop-up studio will be open to the public to have a look and chat to students about the project.

SIA are hosting Make it Global: Technology is Changing How We Make Anything - a look at the past, present and future of 'making'; from architecture and construction to manufacturing and media. The event and showcase, presented by technology firm Autodesk celebrates ten years of their presence in Sheffield and will feature 3D printing technology, while tech firm Faro have promised a 'completely new kind of photobooth'.

Where Bombs Fell, which started life as a Catalyst Festival of Creativity project in 2016, will be hosting a talk on Wednesday which looks at the role of design in shaping Sheffield.

At the centre of the talk is a 1942 wartime public information film, set in Sheffield and scripted by Dylan Thomas, called ‘New Towns for Old’. Like many other propaganda films at this time, New Towns for Old intended to assure audiences that the work done to improve British housing in the 1930s was continuing despite the war.

On the Thursday, the Where Bombs Fell team will lead a walking tour of Sheffield starting at the train station. The route follows ten carefully selected sites where bombs fell through the Sheffield Blitz. Each site reveals a part of the story of Sheffield.

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Finally, MA design students are looking for volunteers to take part in one-hour research workshops to support their final projects. The workshops cover; the development of drinking vessels; digital detox; therapeutic spaces; home; and the interactive exhibition. Anyone interested in taking part can register on the Sheffield Design Week website.

Claire Lockwood, head of the Department of Art & Design, said: "Sheffield Design Week gives our students and staff the opportunity to share their knowledge, skills and talent with the city. This year, there are some truly excellent workshops, talks and exhibitions taking place and we are delighted to be throwing open the doors of SIA, as well as encouraging people to join us in our walking tours of Sheffield or at our pop-up design studio."

For more information on Sheffield Design Week, how to get tickets, and directions please visit

For press information: Tim Ward in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 5220 or email