Liverpool design consultancies are criticising the organisers of the city’s year as European Captial of Culture for ‘bypassing’ them.
‘The programming process has bypassed the design sector in Liverpool – there is no frame – work for us to fit into,’ Smiling Wolf managing director Simon Rhodes tells Design Week.
‘The Capital of Culture programme should be a terrific opportunity for design,’ adds Design Council chief executive David Kester. ‘It is well known that the Liverpool programme has had a difficult birth, marked by political problems and changes of leadership.’
Design Show Liverpool, a four-day design exhibition scheduled for June, will provide the only major platform for commercial design in the Liverpool 08 programme.
Some local design consultancies plan to organise their own events, to take advantage of the spotlight that will be on the city during 2008.