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Local Heroes Events Programme 2018

A design pop-up planned for Glasgow this summer

We are planning to co-host a pop-up design exhibition in Glasgow this July. It’s a little too early in the planning stages to give more detail, but we will update on Instagram and Twitter as soon as possible. The model has some similarities to our 2016 pop-up at Edinburgh Airport. We commissioned some of Scotland’s most interesting and successful designers to create exclusive products. You can view short films about each designer + product here.

The exhibition and shop featured designers based in Scotland whose work exemplified outstanding quality, originality and design thinking. This work collectively represented a striking period of contemporary design in Scotland characterised by a renewed confidence and optimism. Local Heroes intends to leave behind stereotypes about the Scottish design aesthetic and emphasise the modern approach of contemporary designers who embrace bright colour, dynamic pattern and innovative techniques and materials.

In 2018, Local Heroes will work closely with designers in Glasgow to produce a high profile international exhibit and event where citizens, visitors and participants can see, experience and purchase high quality design products.

If you are a contemporary design business or designer based in Glasgow and you are interested in participating please register your interest by emailing [email protected]

Our project page offers insights into each of the design souvenirs we commissioned in 2016 to give you an idea of the type of work we seek to present.



Local Heroes Events Programme 2017

Local Heroes director Stacey Hunter chairs Turncoats for Architecture Fringe

Speakers include Richard Murphy of Richard Murphy Architects, Karen Mabon, Alec Farmer of Trakke & Ruta Turcinaviciute of 3D Reid. #Turncoats is a new type of event where, through provocative opening gambits, free debates will clothesline fundamental issues facing contemporary design and society with a playful and combative format. It’s designed to foment open and critical discussion, turning conventional concensus on its head.
Agree? Don’t Agree? Join us!

Thursday 20 July 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 Add to Calendar City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX, View Map…


Local Heroes & SWG3 present Galvanize! as part of Hypermarket

Fri 30th June 5pm–10pm, Sat 1st July 11am–10pm / Sun 2nd July 11am–6pm
SWG3 100 Eastvale Place, G3 8QG Glasgow

Our specially commissioned social furniture designed by SLAPS will be installed in time for this summer’s newest market and pop-up dining experience. Hypermarket is a monthly curated market offering a platform to artists, designers and makers with a guest curator each month creating a unique line up of works for sale. Local Heroes are delighted that the inaugural Hypermarket is curated by our former exhibitor Alec Farmer of Trakke. Hypermarket takes place in SWG3’s new venue, Galvanizers and outdoor space, Yardworks. The first Hypermarket will also be the last chance to view the colourful graffiti works produced at the recent Yardworks Festival.


SLAPS Drawing CLUB 18 ~ Sunday 2nd July

Time tbc – check SLAPS Facebook for updates
To book please email [email protected]
SWG3 100 Eastvale Place, G3 8QG Glasgow

Join Giulia and Ed – the designers behind Galvanize! and the radical Glasgow-Rella and Calm-Tree – on Sunday 2nd July at SWG3 Hypermarket for their regular SLAPS Drawing Club! You don’t have to have any prior experience, or be a designer or artist, or even believe that you are good at drawing. All you need is a sketchbook, some pencils or drawing instruments and your eyes. With SLAPS you will draw people, things, objects and architecture. The choice is yours. There is no official guidance, but SLAPS will share tips and talk about drawing techniques.

WE SHARE: We hope people will share their drawings (or viewpoint) using #SLAPSdrawingCLUB ~ For anyone that does not use social media, Giulia and Ed plan to create an exhibition sometime later in 2017 to share drawings with friends, families and the wider community.


Local Heroes Events Programme 2016

Make/Share meets Local Heroes: A discussion about designing and making in Scotland and internationally.

MakeShare Local Heroes

Make/Share is a free monthly night organised by Creative Dundee. The event brings people together to gain a behind-the-scenes insight into creative processes and is held on the second Wednesday of each month at The Beer Kitchen Dundee, from 7-9pm. As Dundee prepares for an increase in cultural tourism over the next few years, Creative Dundee are exploring how the city’s creative sector can benefit from the potential opportunities ahead.

Wednesday 12 October’s event was a special Local Heroes design-themed Make/Share bringing designers in Scotland to Dundee, the UNESCO City of Design, to discuss what it means to be a contemporary designer in Scotland and to explore what’s needed to push Scottish design on an international platform. It was the third event in the event programme co-produced by Creative Edinburgh and Creative Dundee, you can read and article about the first event here.


Speakers discussed their design practices and what being ‘made in Scotland’ meant to them followed by a panel discussion to continue the conversation featuring:

Product designer Pete Thomas, co-founder of Tom Pigeon (Fife); Design Curator Stacey Hunter (Edinburgh); Jennie Patterson founder of Patter PR (Dundee); and Alec Farmer director of Trakke.

Hundreds of people joined us on the live-stream which you can view on the Creative Dundee Facebook page.

Follow #IAD2016 and #ScottishDesign on social media and find Local Heroes on Instagram and Twitter @LocalHeroesScot.

Make/Share meets Local Heroes
Date: Wednesday 12th October 2016.
Time: 7 – 9pm.
Location: Innis and Gunn’s Beer Kitchen, South Tay Street, Dundee, DD1 1PA.
Tickets: free, please book online.

Made in Scotland? A Discussion about Designing and Making

Made in Scotland

Our panel discussion featured designers from Local Heroes 2016: Hilary Grant; Pete Sunderland & Ross Baynham [Instrmnt] and Karen Mabon. The discussion was chaired by Local Heroes director and design curator Dr Stacey Hunter.

‘Made In Scotland’ has become synonymous with high quality textiles including tweed, lace and waxed cotton – and more recently thanks to projects like MakeWorks we are more aware that Gore-Tex and velcro are manufactured in Scotland. But what does the Made In Scotland tag mean to contemporary designers working in Scotland? During the event we explored new ideas and approaches to designing, making and selling in a globalised design marketplace. We found out how Scotland’s leading designers make decisions about materials, provenance, manufacturing and branding. We discussed the advantages and challenges of being a designer in Scotland and  asked our audience for their input too in a Q&A at the close of the discussion. Hundreds of people viewed the event from our live-stream which is hosted on the Creative Edinburgh Facebook page.

To read an article by Gillian Easson about the event click here

Pieces from the Local Heroes collection were also available to buy.

Saturday 13 August at 16:00
Codebase, 38 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH3 9DZ

> Register Here


Tropical Paradise Workshop with Emily Millichip

Emily Millichip Workshop for Local Heroes

In this exclusive Local Heroes workshop Tropical Paradise with Emily Millichip, participants designed and created their own tropical canvas shopper using appliqué. Over the two hours participants learned the technique of appliqué where pieces of material are mounted to another base material. Inspired by Emily’s love of Carmen Miranda, the workshop was filled with fun and tropical colours.

Emily Millichip is an Edinburgh-based fashion designer. She makes fun and vibrant clothes with a vintage twist. Emily is known for her use of colourful prints and textiles, often sourced on her travels from across the world. Her inspirations include the tropics, Carmen Miranda, and good girls gone bad. She has carved her own career path, eschewing the traditional fashion calendar for a more anarchic approach to design and making.

Local Heroes is an independent project led by Dr Stacey Hunter in partnership with Edinburgh Airport, Creative Edinburgh and Creative Dundee, and generously funded by EventScotland and Creative Scotland as part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

Saturday 13 August at 11:00
Codebase, 38 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH3 9DZ

>> Register Here