Latest News

Call for artists and horticulturists
15 Apr 2014 - The Creative Quarter (CQ) Company is making an open call for expressions of interest from Artists and Horticulturists who are interested in getting involved with The CQ Articulture project - where art and horticulture meet.
Spring Craft & CIF logo Design Fair at RHS Garden Wisley 30 April - 5 May 2014
14 Apr 2014 - Over 160 of the UK's finest designer makers and artists have been selected to show their work at this event being held within the Garden at RHS Wisley. Visit to see the best of British contemporary craft and to purchase work direct from the maker whilst also enjoying the beautiful spring garden with its huge plant collection.
Handmade in Leicestershire: Summer craft fair
14 Apr 2014 - Handmade in Leicestershire is a prestigious contemporary art, craft and design fair that this year returns to the beautiful setting of Belgrave Hall and Gardens. A wide range of arts and crafts will be on sale in the newly refurbished rooms of the hall and gardens. Adults £2.50 / some workshops may charge
Alternative Views: 5 - 27 April at West Ox Arts Gallery
14 Apr 2014 - Exhibition showcasing fine art photography with a twist by Design Factory Flair member Janine Kilroe, and Ian Fraser & David Parker-Woolway
14 Apr 2014 - Injection is the Crafts Council’s business development scheme for mid-career and established craft practices, following our successful pilot in 2012/13 They are now calling for applications for the new 2014 intake.


Welcome to Design Factory

Arts Council

Design Factory is the leading creative development agency in the East Midlands.


Bursting with ideas and inspiration, this website showcases award-winning and unique products designed and handmade by the very best makers from the East Midlands region of the UK.


From sumptuous textiles and sculptural ceramics to contemporary furniture and jewellery, there is sure to be something for you, your home or someone special!


We are working with hundreds of selected designer/makers from across the region to help them achieve their ambitions. If you are a designer/maker, visit our membership page and find out what we can do for you!

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