About me

Anna Manfield is a multi disciplinary designer/maker, from York, North Yorkshire, currently based in Glasgow. Her practice centres around play, as an important factor in life, not only for children. She uses art and design as tools to introduce more fun into the every day, whether that be through product design or design for place and community.

Design for play

believe that art and design should be accesible to everyone and communities can be strengthened with great, meaningful design with a strong social purpose. I work continually to build a bridge between art and the public, Whether that be in design for play or public space, in fun and thoughtful product design or good quality, engaging arts workshops.
I am currently working on on-going projects with York based company Kaizen Arts agency, on multiple projects looking to improve the state of play in York https://www.kaizenartsagency.org   I am also part of a small, yet powerful team of committed citizens and change makers in York, involved in planning and presenting events and initiatives for York Design Week, a reoccurring week long celebration of design in York and beyond. 
I am always excited about the prospect of collaboration with likeminded people, let's make some positive change.
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  • York Design Week, October 2019 - Event organiser and workshop Facilitator
  • PLAY AND SOCIAL DESIGN,Group exhibition Running alongside York Design Week, October 2019Spark York, Curated by Rebecca Carr and Tom Sander
  • Refugee Forum X UK Young Artists, Family Legacy Project in Partnership with Backlit Gallery 29th- 31st May
A series of family workshops that explored the theme of space. with outcomes including, decorated wooden Mobiles, and moon rocks and planets using clay and other sensory materials.
  • UKYA City Takeover (Nottingham) 7-13th February 2019
Selected exhibitor, with sculptural arrangements 'The Gifts' on display at Nottingham Station. And Workshop facilitator hosting 'DRINK AND DRAW X UKYA CITY TAKEOVER'.
  • Effects Design Market, 5-7th October 2018, York Saint Marys, Castle Gate, York
  • London Design Fair, 20-23rd September 2018, Old Truman Brewery, 26 Handbury Street, London:
 Selected as the prize winner for the LDF prize from 'New Designers One Year On' to exhibit at London Design Fair 2018.
  • Workshop co-ordinator for 'Family Saturdays' at Backlit, as part of 'Grand Tour, 2018', 2nd June 1-3pm, 7th July 1-3pm 
A series of family workshops hosted at Backlit Gallery as part of Grand Tour Nottingham. These workshops ran alongside an in-house exhibition at Backlit 'Mountain Of Tongues'. The result of these sessions was the production of collaborative tapestries and totem poles, exploring themes of cultural cross overs, Language and symbols. These were made using various arts and crafts disciplines like Print making, collage and construction.
  • 'One Year In', New Designers, Part 1, 27th-30th June 2018, Islington Design and Business Centre, London
  • Lustre, 3 - 5 November, 2017. DH Lawrence Pavillion and Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham Lakeside arts, University Park, Nottingham
  • Beginnings, The National Assembly of South Korea, 17 October - 10 November 2017, supported by UKYA in partnership with Seojung Art Centre and Superior Gallery, Seoul and Chung Ang University
  • Class of 2017National Centre of Craft and Design (NCCD), Lincolnshire, 13 Jan - 11 March 2018 
  • New Designers, Islington Design and Business centre, London. 2017 
New Designers, London Design Fair Prize
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Anna Manfield Design
Glasgow, Scotland