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A Streetcar Named Design 2019



UNESCO City of Design Saint-Etienne have launched an exciting global competition open to students studying at design universities from all 31 UNESCO Cities of Design which includes us! They are asking for proposals designing the exterior of one of the Saint-Etienne trams, which will be put into service during the 11th Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne (launching in March 2019).

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Open Call – Designers in Residence – Designregio Kortrijk

Designregio Kortrijk is looking for 3 highly motivated and recently graduated designer-makers or creative artists to join in a regional residency programme in Kortrijk, Belgium.

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Call for Projects: Shenzhen Design Week 2018

UNESCO City of Design Shenzhen have opened a call for projects for this year’s Shenzhen Design Week.

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Dundee Design Parade – Calling designers, artists and makers!

UNESCO City of Design are looking for designers, musicians, makers and creatives of all types to work on a Year of Young People event, supported by the Year of Young People Event Fund.

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OPEN CALL FOR DESIGNERS: Designmonat Graz 2018

DEADLINE: 5th February

The Austrian city of Graz, a fellow UNESCO City of Design, has launched an open call for designers to take part in this years Designmonat Graz – the city’s annual month of design.

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CALL FOR PROJECTS: XII UNESCO Creative Cities Network Annual Meeting

DEADLINE: Monday 5th February


The co-organisers of the UNESCO Creative Cities Annual Meeting invite project proposals from designers in Dundee that will be curated and showcased during the Annual Meeting based around this year’s theme – Creative Crossroads.

Projects submitted can be brand new and specially prepared for the Annual Meeting (such as, for example, collective exhibitions, performances, workshops, installations, screening etc.) or projects that have been ongoing, those that will be continued after the Annual Meeting, or those that have already ended, but results of which cities may wish to present during the Annual Meeting.

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OPEN CALL: International Design Competition / Puebla Mezcal Glass

DEADLINE: January 8th 2018

The Mexican city of Puebla, which is a fellow UNESCO City of Design, has launched a competition for a designer to create a unique glass to celebrate the Puebla Mezcal, a traditional distilled drink from Mexico.

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OPEN CALL: Bilbao International Art & Fashion Competition

The Spanish city of Bilbao, a fellow UNESCO City of Design, has launched an open call for fashion designers aged between 18 – 35 years old to submit work for the 6th Bilbao International Art & Fashion competition.

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Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents 2017 – Open Call

Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Office and Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Association (SDPA) have opened a call for designers to participate in the SDAY award which recognizes successful young designers from UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

The purpose of the award is to reward the efforts of young designers, who, through their creativity, have contributed to the enhancement of environmental sustainability, social and economic development and, above all, quality of lives in cities. The award aims to encourage exchange between young talents from different countries, cooperation between creative cities, and the sharing of experiences and ideas for developing creative and cultural industries. The award also aims to promote the value of design thinking, concepts and products as contributors to the transformation of economies and society.

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Shenzhen Global Design Award 2017 – Open Call

UNESCO City of Design Shenzhen have announced an open call for the Shenzhen Global Design Award, which aims to recognize and reward outstanding designers, and to strengthen opportunities between designers at home and abroad.

The award aims to discover designers with creativity, vision, foresight, and influence. It also aims to enhance the exchanges and cooperation among all designers from different countries and inspire the industrialization of creative designs as well as the promotion of creative design concept.

The Shenzhen Design Award is supported by the Organizing Committee of the Shenzhen Design Week, and organized by the Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Association (SDPA).

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Call for proposals: Montréal’s International Architecture Competition for Creating a New Public Space

Montréal UNESCO Creative City of Design is launching an international multidisciplinary landscape architecture competition for the planning of Place des Montréalaises, a new public space in the city. The competition is looking for the most innovative ideas for the permanent construction of Place des Montréalaises, which includes a pedestrian overpass leading to the adjacent Champ-de-Mars metro station.

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Photography – Dundee Design Festival

Photo Credit: Kathryn Rattray


Dundee Design Festival is looking for the following film and photography services for the 2017 event.

We welcome applications from individual photographers at all stages of their careers and also accept applications from creative teams. Full details below, please read the requirements for application carefully – applications which do not follow the requirements will be rejected.

Deadline for applications is Friday 5th May, 5pm.

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Call for Volunteers! Dundee Design Festival 2017!

Get involved with the Dundee Design Festival as part of our volunteer team! We have opportunities for volunteering throughout the festival which include roles within event support, front of house and invigilation.

If you would like to be part of the festival check out the full details below and get in touch!

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Dundee Design Festival 2017: Factory Floor Exhibition – Call for Designers

Dundee Design Festival announce a nationwide call for designers and makers to take part in a vast installation, ‘Factory Floor’.

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Dundee Design Festival 2017 – Factory Residency Programme – Call for Designers

Dundee Design Festival has opened the call for entries for its first residency programme, pairing designers with factories across Scotland. Dundee Design Festival is a celebration of world class design hosted by the UK’s first and only UNESCO City of Design.


Deadline: 5pm Monday 6th March

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Shenzhen Design Week – Call for Projects

The annual Shenzhen Design Week this year takes place from 21st – 28th April and project submissions from fellow Cities of Design are welcomed as part of the Design for the Future exhibition in the stunning Value Factory in Shekou.

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Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne 2017: Call for Case Studies

Deadline 1st February


City of Design Saint-Etienne are looking for case studies on creative urban experimentations from Dundee for the Human Cities – Challenging the City Scale exhibition at the 2017 Saint-Etienne Design Biennale .

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Month of Design Graz – Open Call to Participate

Deadline 4th February

The annual Month of Design Graz will this year take place from 29th April till the 28th of May and there is an open call for work from designers, creatives and companies in Dundee to submit proposals to feature at this year’s festival.

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Bradford Small World Film Festival – Call for Submissions

Deadline 31st March
Short film submissions are welcomed from cities within the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for Bradford’s Small World Film Festival based on this year’s theme ‘My City’.
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