Past events

Designing for ALL – ALL IN : From Stonehenge to St Louis

LCB Depot Arts and Cultural venues, public venues, all venues, general public

Bill Haley of Haley Sharpe Design leads a presentation and discussion on the importance of accessibility in design.

“Designing for ALL means exactly that, all design must encompass and engage ALL in EQUITABLE ways, be INCLUSIVE of ALL, embrace ALL DIVERSITY, and be ACCESSIBLE for ALL. As a designer I want to show how through the PROCESS of creativity that designing for ALL has to be the most important integral part of any commission or brief for all artists and designers. Understanding how MEDIA can be used and targeted to engage and influence the extremely wide range of audiences of today’s communities, audiences and users is crucial. I will be joined by two very good friends and advocates of EDI and Accessibility issues in our city, Ali Sinclair and Suzanne Overton-Edwards.”

Free entry

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

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.

Digital Marketing Masterclass : build a community using Linked In

LCB Depot

Hear how to build your audience on LinkedIn through our community building experience.

“What drives your business forward? Simply, marketing to your ideal audience. However, before you reach your audience and interact with them in a business setting, you need to take a few steps.
To help you out, we at Axies Digital are sharing our golden nuggets on how we have built a community through LinkedIn & beyond, that aligns with our values. From digital concepts to technical points to take back to your office: we cover it all in this event.”

There will be networking with established businesses, food & drink.

5.30 – 7.30pm, admission prices vary (free/£10/£30) – see link to Eventbrite

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.

Fixing The City

LCB Depot

We invite members of the design community and Design Leicester to take part in an event where, facilitated by Solvers Studio, we consider solutions to issues cities face.

An evening for design led thinking, innovation, possibilities, prototyping and partnership for people, place and planet.

During this session we’ll be presenting some of these challenges as design briefs, and we’ll be asking designers of all specialisms to come together, form teams and explore possible responses to these issues. Our FIXING THE CITY session is a space for generating ideas, sharing knowledge, and dreaming of what could be.

A no holds barred creative thinking session where teams can work together and propose how we can tackle some of the biggest challenges Leicester faces. We promise it will be fun, hands-on, and a great evening to flex those design thinking muscles.

6-8pm, free.

[NB This event was postponed]

Love Architecture Pecha Kucha

LCB Depot

EH Smith presents – What the brick industry is doing to drive sustainability

Three speakers from Ibstock, IG and Marshalls will give a presentation based on the theme of Climate Challenge 2030 and what they have done and are doing to drive sustainability through their respective businesses.

Ibstock Brick – Clay Facing Bricks & Build Systems – Emily Landsborough / Rob Saunders & Josh Cox will attend

Marshalls Bricks & Masonry – Concrete products manufacturer based on their facing bricks and reconstituted walling stone – Presenter to be confirmed

IG Masonry Support – Brick Slip Panel Systems / Boss A1 (Brick on Soffit System)– Jemma Ison will present on the evening

A Leicestershire & Rutland Society of Architects Love Architecture event, 6-8pm.

Sponsored by EH Smith, one of the largest independent builders’ merchants in the UK.

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

Love Architecture : Pecha Kucha - Reinvention, re-use, reduce, recycle

LCB Depot

Bringing together professionals across the creative industries of Leicestershire and Rutland to discuss their interpretation around the subject (speakers TBC).
This is a laid-back and entertaining take on presenting. Each presentation includes 20 slides, each displayed for only 20 seconds before automatically switching to the next slide – whether the presenter is prepared or not!
Be ready for an entertaining and informative series of presentations from some of Leicester’s best creatives, in the home of creative business in Leicester. Followed by refreshments and an opportunity to network and possibly meet some of our brave speakers!
Powered by Pecha Kucha.

Leicestershire & Rutland Society of Architects Love Architecture event.

Sponsored by Tobermore, manufacturers and experts in block paving, paving flags, kerbs, edging and walling products.

Love Architecture Planning Series : City Centres - ideas on the way forward

LCB Depot and online

A look at how ‘city centres’ should respond to the new world. The intention is that firstly there will be a review of the threats to bricks and mortar operations within city centres. This will to be followed by the business experiences of successful entrepreneurs who have successfully combined growing city centre physically based businesses with varied business models that have utilised the strengths of different formats. Cities are ultimately about people and the urban experience, so can the right people with the right support ensure City centres remain vital in the twenty first century?

Book for the online event at Eventbrite

Leicestershire & Rutland Society of Architects Love Architecture event.

See link below to book for attendance at LCB Depot, Weds 20 Oct 6-8pm