Design Collective Chichester brings together creative people at all levels and in all roles working or living in Chichester and surrounding areas: employed or self-employed, from maker to manager, just-starting-out or business leader.
WHY THE DESIGN COLLECTIVE IS IMPORTANT
Design Collective Chichester was set up in 2016 by two local creatives, Alys Bryan and Julia Grant. We realised that there was a substantial design community in Chichester that lacked a focal point.
On a personal level, we know how important it is to find other people who understand creative practice, people with whom we can share our challenges, share ideas and ask for help. Or even just have fun.
Together we have an opportunity to maximise our business opportunities and networks, promote local practitioners for local contracts, and ignite exciting collaborations. We also have a responsibility to help shape Chichester from a design perspective and have a collective voice.
This is an exciting time for Chichester’s creative industry. We are seeing increasing numbers of creative people locating here and increasing numbers of design agencies and design-led retailers. It feels like the time to reinforce our sense of creative community.
Our members come with open minds and a wish to connect, rather than to sell. This spirit of curiosity and generosity can lead to unexpected places. Already, we seen members recruit staff, find employment, find desk-space, join forces on client work, and join forces to set up new enterprises.
Design Collective Chichester is free to join. It is run by volunteers and is not run for profit.
WHO IT'S FOR
We reach out to professionals from the whole of the design industry working or living in Chichester and surrounding areas. We bring together creative people at all levels and in all roles: employed or self-employed, from maker to manager, just-starting-out or business leader.
MEMBERS COME FROM
Graphics and communications
Photography, film and video
Architecture and interior design
Industrial design and product design
Designer-makers and design-led retail
Design-led publishing and media
Other stakeholders in the creative industries
Founders: Alys Bryan and Julia Grant
Julia Grant and Alys Bryan founded Design Collective Chichester in September 2016 after testing the water in July 2016 and receiving a hugely positive response. The group has grown organically over the past 3 years to include a champion structure, monthly member events, a thriving Facebook group and successful public events such as Illustrate Chichester and Wish You Were Here.
Julia Grant is the owner of Winter's Moon, selling colourful modern, vintage furniture and handmade homewares from an airy studio in Chichester and online. Julia studied Textiles at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and continued her career as a creative at Sofa Workshop until she began Winter's Moon in 2009.
'I was very aware that a lot of my time was spent working alone in my studio and that there were many other local creatives who must have also been looking for a way to come together for support and inspiration.'
Alys Bryan is a freelance furniture designer and owner of a small communications agency which caters for the design sector. Alys studied Contemporary Furniture Design at Bucks New University and moved from London to live in Chichester in 2007 when she began working for a highly respected contact furniture manufacturer. Alys began her business in 2014.
'After being part of South Coast Design Forum, which closed in 2011, I knew that there was a growing design community who wanted to be brought together. The achievements of our group since we started in 2016 have exceeded our expectations and the future for our growing group as a peer group, design resource and active part of the Chichester community is extremely exciting.’