Past events

Design Season pop-up - Interact Digital Arts - digital arts and design exhibition, performances & workshops

58 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 1DH (shop below former Michael Stockton Photography Studio) Digital designers, artists, general public, curious people

This year Design Season has asked the city’s designers and design networks to takeover 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.

Interact Digital Arts presents a two week pop up installation at 58 Granby Street – Digital Arts or Digital Design? The former shop will feature artworks by local digital artists and art groups, as well as a programme of evening events and workshops.

Opening times

Monday 18th to Weds 20th 10:30am – 5pm
Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd 11:30am – 5pm
Saturday 23rd 12noon – 5pm

Monday 25th to Weds 27th 10:30am – 5pm
Thursday 28th & Friday 29th 11:30am – 5pm
Saturday 30th 12noon – 5pm

The pop-up gallery is also being used to launch Monobloc, a consortium of Leicester digital arts, music and digital heritage organisations who are working together to raise the profile of their work in the city. Monobloc’s longer-term goal is to establish a grass-roots digital media centre with a gallery, maker space and studios to support digital creativity in Leicester.

For full details of performances, exhibits and workshops please visit the Interact website – link below


Interactive Light Workshop Learn how to control LED lights with the BBC Micro:bit and help to construct Sean Clark’s Colloquy artwork.  Saturday 23 October 2-4pm, free, drop-in

Electronic Music Workshop  Come and play with electronic instruments including synthesisers, drum machines and effects units. Hosted by R10 Electronic Music Studios. Saturday 30 October 2-4pm, free


Wednesday 20th October 5pm – 7pm. Zine Archive.

Friday 21st October 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Ping! Discs Showcase.

Tuesday 26th October VR Night

Wednesday 27th October
6pm – 8:30pm. “How to Destroy the Art World and Design Something Nicer” : three short talks about building communities of artists, problems, solutions and practical steps towards idealistic goals, by Phoenix Perry, Alan Lane, and Monobloc . Hosted by Sean Carroll.
7:30pm – 9pm. Monobloc Launch.

Thursday 28th October VJ Night

Interact at the Exchange Bar. Entry by donation, you can book in advance on Eventbrite,
6pm – 8pm. Open Screen / 8pm – 10pm R10 Artists with Visuals / 10pm – 12:30am Ping! Artists with DACHHU Visuals
We are sorry that the venue is not wheelchair accessible. The event will be streamed online and we are working to find more accessible venues for future events.

Saturday 30th October
7pm – 10pm. CEREMONY ft. billion o’clock album launch. Limited tickets. Book on Eventbrite

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.


Creative Coffee : Design Season Makers Session edition

Lightbox at LCB Depot

Creative Coffee is a free meetup for creative businesses and projects. Join us for a regular helping of creative inspiration, knowledge sharing and networking in Leicester.

10am-12pm, free entry.

Makers Session – a Design Season special with Parkside Architectural Tiles

Creative Coffee are excited to welcome back design-led tile specification company Parkside to the Lightbox gallery where they will give a short talk highlighting their efforts to become fully sustainable and net zero by 2025. This will be followed by a workshop where we will be getting ‘creative with clay’; participants will be able to experiment with shape, colour and surface textures. Attendees are encouraged to bring anything of their own to impress into the clay and also might like to bring an apron to wear.

There is also the usual blend of coffee, creativity and a long overdue chat! Tea and Coffee will be on tap so you can help yourself to a free cup on arrival.

Connect @ The Cultural Quarter

LCB Depot

Students, graduates, staff – and members of the local business community – are invited to join us for this free, physical event at LCB Depot, 12 – 2pm. You’ll hear from guest speakers including DMU’s Lead Academic for Product Design plus some of our fantastic students and graduates who will be discussing their work – the highs, lows and lessons learned.


Nick Rowan is the current programme leader for Product Design at De Montfort University and an active member of the Institution of Engineering Designers. His previous areas of expertise are in building acoustics and project management and he is currently researching the use of innovative technologies in the delivery of education.

DMU student Thomas Wylam is an aspiring industrial designer motivated to explore user experience & systems thinking with the goal of creating a circular economy.

DMU Graduate Rupinder Kaur Bhanganni is Managing Director & Interior Designer at RKB Design Studio Ltd. The company is a Leicester-based interior design company offering complete design solutions for cafés, offices and residential spaces.

As well as the talks, you’ll be able to put your questions to the speakers and there’s time for networking too – with refreshments available to purchase from Grays cafe-bar.
This event is free – however, spaces are limited, and we kindly request that by registering (link below), you will make every effort to attend.

To find out more about student and graduate enterprise at De Montfort University, visit DMU Made

Design Nation : Moving Forward talk

LCB Depot makers, designers, craftspeople, the curious

Talks by Clare Edwards, CEO of the The Hub – the national centre for craft and design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, which holds England’s largest exhibition space for craft and design. Clare talks about issues and opportunities facing the maker economy today; and by Jo Cope, whose work spans design, conceptual craft and fashion. Since 2006 she has worked on a diverse range of commissions and exhibits which push the formal boundaries of fashion, questioning its evolving role within art and society.

Following the talks there will be a Q&A and a visit to the Design Nation installation pop-up at 14 Belvoir Street.

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

Design Nation is the leading membership portfolio for contemporary designer-makers based in the UK who create craft, design and product.