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Dresserfest Puts Pioneering Designer in the Spotlight

By Published July 05, 2019

THE work of a design giant is firmly in the spotlight in Middlesbrough over the coming weekend.

Dresserfest 2019 is a celebration of Victorian designer Christopher Dresser whose pioneering work remains influential today.

This year marks the 140th anniversary of the launch of his ground-breaking Linthorpe Pottery, with events planned from Friday, July 5 to Sunday, July 7.

The fun kicks off at the Dorman Museum on Friday from 3pm to 6pm with a series of talks, tours, pottery demonstrations and a creative writing workshop with poet and playwright Bob Beagrie. 

Activities are free apart from a small charge for writing workshop.


Saturday, July 6, 10am - 5pm
Centuria Building, Teesside University.

A symposium to discuss Christopher Dresser's connection to Middlesbrough and explore potential futures for the world's largest public collection of Christopher Dresser Designs. What can this add to the story of culture and creativity in Middlesbrough?

Speakers include: Matthew Winterbottom, Curator, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University; Harry Lyons, author of ‘Christopher Dresser - the People's Designer'; and James Beighton, Director of Tees Valley Arts.

A short film on Middlesbrough's industry by Teesside student Lizzie Mckeone will also be shown.

Tickets £15m, including lunch and refreshments. Discount for Dresser Society members and local residents. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dresserfest-2019-symposium-tickets-63064022188   


Sunday, July 7, 11am - 3pm
Dorman Museum

Dresserfest Family Fun Day - children's crafts and cake to celebrate Christopher Dresser's 185th birthday and Linthorpe Pottery's 140th anniversary.

FREE entry with a £1 charge for a couple of the craft activities

Christopher Dresser was born in Glasgow in 1834, although his family originated from North Yorkshire. After working and travelling across the globe he opened Linthorpe Art Pottery in Middlesbrough in 1879.

Dorman Museum Curator Gill Moore said: "Christopher Dresser is one of the most important figures in the history of design and he remains a massive influence for modern designers.

"Dresserfest celebrates the fact that he chose Middlesbrough to set up an art complex and that so much of his work was done here in Middlesbrough.

"This year marks a special anniversary, and as ever we're looking forward to introducing new people to his extraordinary life and work."

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