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York Design Week aims to present a new, collaborative, dynamic vision of the creative industry sector in York. With over 20 events in several locations across the city, we are not just a 7 day festival. We are part of a wider landscape of creativity, giving attendants a surprising new perception of our historic city, and inviting residents to participate, explore and play. Through a variety of interdisciplinary design events, we will explore how, in such uncertain and complex times, design can help us adapt, grow and learn.

From community led housing to doughnut economies, playful data to York’s favourite colour, we present an opportunity for York, its residents, and its visitors to stop and reflect, to imagine: Where do we want to go? And how do we get there?


Is it for me?


We have curated a programme to appeal to a wide range of audiences ad we want you to GET INVOLVED! We hope to welcome York residents, families, students, designers, visitors and all curious creatures.

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When is it all happening?

23rd - 30th October 2019

Visit our YORK DESIGN WEEK LISTINGS for the event blurbs and full programme. You can also pick up a printed programme from Visit York, various cafes, Snow Home (Goodramgate), Spark CIC (Piccadilly), and York Ghost Merchants on the Shambles from late September.

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Our Partners:

Team_ Rebecca [Kaizen Arts Agency] Owen [United by Design] Rich [Dog Eat Cog] Gabrielle and Civer [marketing and pr]

Sponsors _ GF Smith + Colour Options

With support_ Visit York, York St John University, Spark CIC, Micklegate Social, My Future York…


WHY York design week?


  • We want to bridge disparity in our city

  • We are campaigning for cultural democracy within it

  • We endeavour to champion home grown talent and ideas

  • We must regenerate our city centre sustainably and responsibly to create a more inclusive environment for more people, and tackle problems our future city and residents may face - and we believe we can do this through long term, creative thinking…

York Design Week is a whole week to do just that. And more.

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There are lots of ways:

  • We are still programming fringe events, if you are interested in hosting an event or being a part of our volunteer team, we would love to hear from you. GET IN TOUCH

  • During the week we have lots of workshops from specialist design through to family fun.

  • Kaizen Arts Agency are instigating 3 social interventions to develop over the next year, launching during the week. We invite you to be a part of it, visit projects for more information - (coming soon) … these include #youareyork, ‘Beautiful Interruptions’ and ‘Trespass’.

York Design Week is a grass roots festival, presented by us, but powered by York’s people.

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MEET THE TEAM! Civer, Rebecca, Rich, Owen, Ben (Gaby not pictured) Olivia Brabbs Photography