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Design Factory's regional cluster groups November 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 into 2018. Design Factory is supporting the groups by providing funding for CPD activities.
Here's what our groups are up to!
Northamptonshire (inc members in Bucks and Herts)
The Northants group had a busy October as their exhibition at Obsidian Art in Buckinghamshire ran from 13-29 October, featuring 17 designer makers. The response to the work was extremely positive. Jennie McCall is looking forward to welcoming the group to her brand new studio space as the host of the November meeting.
The Notts group are planning their next meeting and considering options for CPD activities in early 2018.
The Lincolnshire group are next due to meet on 7 November to discuss their printmaking CPD day, scheduled for the New Year.
Staffordshire / West Midlands
The Staffs group are planning their next meeting - possibly to be held at Middleport Pottery in Stoke on Trent. Details to follow.
North West (Manchester & West Yorks)
The NW group are planning their next meeting and will be in touch with the group soon.
Next meeting scheduled for November and will feature a second photo shoot for the group.
The members of the Leics group are so busy in the run up to Christmas and so will have a December social gathering and schedule their next meeting for January.
Meeting date for November to be circulated to the group imminently - to taken place either in Sheffield or York, details to follow.
South West (Bristol, Cardiff, Cornwall, Dorset)
The South West group are planning a meeting and CPD activity day - possibly a maker talk or funding workshop - info to follow.