Made North Gallery

New to Sheffield is the Made North gallery, which opened last week at Yorkshire Artspace in the city.

Made North

Run by the team behind the Made North Conference, which was held earlier this year in Liverpool, the gallery aims to promote new and experimental work from established and emerging Northern designers.

The gallery exterior
The gallery exterior

Its two opening exhibitions set the tone. So alongside Lazerian/Six – a retrospective of work by Manchester-based furniture group Lazerian (which features a 3x3m carbon fibre chandelier) – is the first in Made North’s series of Launchpad shows, with this one introducing work by young Sheffield designer Daniel Schofield.

Work by Lazerian in the gallery
Work by Lazerian in the gallery

Upcoming shows include Northern Revolutions, which will show 50 of the all-time best Northern record sleeves, and a show by The Designers Republic’s Ian Anderson, which may even feature a new range of TDR furniture…

'Gerald', by Lazerian
‘Gerald’, by Lazerian

Gallery curator Patrick Murphy, who is also director of Made North parent group Culture North, says, ‘The idea of the gallery is basically to address some of the issues that came out of the Made North conference about how to represent Northern design and making, and making people think about design.’

Work by Lazerian in the gallery
Work by Lazerian in the gallery

Murphy says that as well as running exhibitions, workshops and seminars, it will also be the base for projects such as Northern Industrial, a new furniture label that will Northern designer work on furniture made from disused industrial material.

Launchpad: Daniel Schofield
Launchpad: Daniel Schofield

Murphy says, ‘We’re interested in projects that, for example, unite graphics and furniture.’

'M' marque for the gallery, by Patrick Murphy
‘M’ marque for the gallery, by Patrick Murphy

Murphy has also created a Made North ‘M’ marque, that will be used by the gallery. He says, ‘I wanted to create something with a sense of making and an industrial look.’

Repeating pattern graphic, by Patrick Murphy
Repeating pattern graphic, by Patrick Murphy

Lazerian/Six runs until 30 November and Launchpad: Daniel Schofield until 12 November at Made North Gallery, Yorkshire Artspace, Persistance Works, 21 Brown Street, Sheffield S1.

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