Design Factory's regional cluster groups September update!
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Design Factory's regional cluster groups September update!
Design Factory now has 9 cluster groups of members that meet regularly for networking, training and peer mentoring.

As our members are located throughout the UK, our aim is that all members have a ‘regional hub' that is based within approx an hour of where they live / work. Groups are now set up across the Midlands, Yorkshire and also in the North West and South West. In the coming months we are hoping to establish groups in London / SE and in Scotland.
Members of all levels are eligible to take part in group meetings and activities; however Friend members are not eligible to exhibit with the groups. We are also encouraging members of our sister organisation Design-Nation to join in the fun!

Groups are mostly meeting every 2 months and are now planning their programmes for the rest of 2017 and into 2018. Design Factory is supporting the groups by providing funding for CPD activities.

Here's what our groups are up to!

Exciting news - our first regional group exhibition is almost here! The Notts group open their exhibition entitled ‘Maker's Dozen' at Nottinghamshire Society of Artists Gallery in Friar Lane, Nottingham on 12 September and the exhibition runs until 17 September. There will be a preview evening on Tuesday 12 September, 6-8pm - all welcome.

No meeting in August, the next one will be in late September at Maker Lab at the University of Lincoln.

Next meeting scheduled for 13 September in Derby, with a focus on marketing.

The Leics group are planning their next activities including sketching days, discussions and training.

Northamptonshire (inc members in Bucks and Herts)
No meeting in August but plans are proceeding for the group exhibition at Obsidian Art in Buckinghamshire from 13-29 October. The next 4 meetings will be hosted by members of the group, starting on 6 September with a skill share / show and tell session hosted by Ruth Lyne.

Staffordshire / West Midlands
The Staffs group will hold their re-scheduled Writing for Funding Applications workshop with Jane Adams on Weds 13 September at unit twelve gallery.

North West (Manchester & West Yorks)
The NW group have rearranged their pricing workshop with Pete Mosley for 8 September.

The meeting scheduled for early September in York has been postponed - new date to follow.

South West (Bristol, Cardiff, Cornwall, Dorset)
The South West group are planning an Autumn meeting - date to follow.