Past events

Exhibition : Nupur Arts - Gujarat to Golden Mile

Newarke Houses, The Newarke, Leicester LE2 7BY Curious people with an interest in heritage, Gujarat culture, designer-maker culture

From Nupur Arts – Design and Heritage exhibition at Newarke Houses social history and regimental museum. Real stories from real people of how Gujaratis settled and made their home in Leicester – told through design – traditional costumes, old toys, traditional utensils, photographs, jewellery and textiles.

Newarke Houses is open Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am-4pm. Entry is free except on event days.

This exhibition finishes on 28 November 2021.

Design Season pop-up : Little Inventors - design displays and workshops

ISKCON centre 31 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6EJ (former HSBC Bank) General public, children families,

This year Design Season has asked the city’s designers and design networks to take over 4 spaces across the city and create 4 pop-up exhibition, workshop and demonstration spaces across the city. Supported by Leicester’s High Street Heritage Action Zone. We invite visitors and residents in to learn skills, view exhibits and experience demonstrations from some of the city’s creative design talent.

We invite you to pay a visit to the beautiful ISKCON centre on Granby Street (Monday to Friday noon to 5pm,) for two exhibitions created by new design talent, children and professional designers.

Little Inventors is an exhibition of 4 pieces of work created through collaboration between schools and professional designers. The Little Inventors film takes you through the project and process and as part of the season monster maker Tom Cleaver of Mr Cleavers Monsters will offer practical workshops which give you a flavour of his work in monster-making and puppetry.

Click the link below to book a puppet making workshop with Tom Cleaver on Wednesday 20th October 12-4pm or Saturday 23rd October 12-4pm, free.

The ISKCON centre is a Hindu temple of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

Design Season pop-up : Upcycling exhibition

ISKCON 31 Granby Street Leicester, LE1 6EJ (former HSBC Bank) Designers, upcyclers, mavericks, curious individuals, those seeking inspiration for educating, general public

Upcycling – is it design? Is it Art? Find out at our exhibition featuring work from local upcycling activist Kieran Walsh and De Montfort University School of Art, Design and Architecture and School of Fashion and Textiles at De Montfort University.

Funded by the DMU Sustainability Team, and in partnership with LCB Depot, this exhibition presents contributions by seven awardees in the ‘Upcycling Art, Craft and Design Competition’. The competition aimed to contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production, and targeted DMU students, alumni, staff and their families and friends, and community people.

The exhibition contributors (competition awardees) are: Tim Neath (Gold); Katarzyna Bigaj and Nicole Lander (Silver); and Christina Wigmore, Issy Staniaszek, Jenny McIlhatton and Millie Rees (Bronze).

Open Monday to Friday noon to 5pm, free.

The ISKCON centre is a Hindu temple of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

Last Friday street food night : Design Season closing party

LCB Depot

LCB Depot’s monthly street food night doubles as the closing party for Leicester Design Season on Friday 29th October!

Food, drink, music, comedy, art – and more, 5-10pm, £2 entry.


Raising The Bar : Leicester Fashion Technology Academy

LCB Depot

Caroline Ash, Production Director (above left), and Jenny Holloway, CEO (above right), of Fashion Enter talk about the new Leicester Fashion Technology Academy at 30 Stonebridge Street LE5 3PA which is designed to build skills and capacity in a modern textiles workforce (NB the new Academy has an open day on Weds 27 October 10am to 4pm).

The new academy will offer people the opportunity to work towards entry-level qualifications in core industry skills including pattern-making, fabric inspection, laying and cutting, machine maintenance and stitching. People can then work towards advanced certificates and progress onto one of Fashion Enter’s apprenticeship schemes for retail/e-tail employers. Fashion Enter set up its successful Fashion Technology Academy in north London in 2015. Leicester will be the second city it has launched a fashion academy in.

6.00 – 8.00pm

Fashion Enter is a not for profit, social enterprise, which strives to be a centre of excellence for sampling, grading, production and for learning and development of skills within the fashion and textiles industry.

Dig the New Breed of DMU Graduate Businesses in Contour Fashion : designers talk about their journeys to launch stunning and challenging design, business success, press accolades, ethics and sustainability

LCB Depot Fashion designers, students, manufacturers, local stakeholders and politicians/agents of change

A presentation and joint interview/discussion by DMU Contour Design graduate businesses including Posie Lingerie and Roshni Desai (live IRL), and Elissa Grainger of luxury latex lingerie and clothing brand Elissa Poppy (appearing online). These up and coming, award-winning designers – graduates of the DMU Crucible Programme – talk about the realities of their business practices and committing to ethical and sustainable approaches to building their brand. Followed by Q&A and networking.

You can also watch this event online at LCB TV – link to come

See a feature on the event in Underlines Magazine

Starting your own fashion business

Via Zoom 10am-11am B2B, Student, General Public

Q&A with Posie Lingerie and Annatello. Posie is the founder and creative director of her brand, Posie, which she founded in 2019 to fuse both passions of fashion and sustainability. She created a luxury lingerie brand that aims to be as ethical and sustainable as possible. Anisha runs Annatello, creating unique custom garments.