BCN: MCR

While the famously rainy, matchstick man-lined streets of Manchester may not immediately draw the most obvious parallels with the Gaudi-peppered sunshine of Barcelona’s boulevards, designer and curator Dave Sedgwick thinks otherwise.

BCN x MCR
BCN x MCR

‘Both Barcelona and Manchester are cosmopolitan, European cities with a creative and flourishing design community and a distinctive identity’, says Sedgwick.

‘So I decided it would be a great idea to bring Barcelona to Manchester. So to speak!’

Hey Studio
Hey Studio

Sedgwick’s chosen import cargo certainly looks to bring a little it of Spanish fiesta to his northwest hometown – a display of gorgeous graphic design from five Barcelona-based design consultancies.

La Mosca
La Mosca

Sedgwick says, ‘It was an idea I had wanted to pursue for a while and having visited Barcelona on several occasions before; I have always been really inspired by the design scene and the work of these five very different agencies in particular, whom I really admire.’

Lo Siento
Lo Siento

The show, entitled BCN:MCR, will see Hey Studio, Lamosca, Lo Siento, Mayuscula Brands and Mucho make their UK exhibition debut. Each consultancy was given a letter from the exhibition title acronym, and was tasked with forming a creative response in whatever way they wanted.

Mayuscula
Mayuscula

Sedgwick will take on letter number six, referencing the relationship between the two cities that the show looks to highlight.

Mucho
Mucho

A representative from each group will be giving a talk on their work, influences, styles and the design scene in Barcelona and Spain in general on the first Friday of the show.

BCN:MCR runs from 21 February – 7 March at 2022NQ, 20 – 22 Dale Street, Manchester  M1. For more information visit  http://www.bcnmcr.co.uk and https://twitter.com/bcnmcr 

Dave Sedgwick, the show curator
Dave Sedgwick, the show curator

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