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Unit X Inspirer
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1st February
17:00 to 19:00
10 You will earn 10 silver points for completing this activity.
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Inspirer#1 Folklore Stories

1st February 17:00 to 19:00
This year the Unit X series is working in partnership with Design Factory and our research Readers in Design to spotlight and celebrate local creativity. Drawing on leading designers across Manchester and Stockport, Folklore Stories spotlights the work of David Chatton Barker, Folklore Tapes and Julia Soboleva.
Unit X: The official playground exploring the big questions facing the future of design and what it is like to work, live and breathe as creative change makers. We are collaborating with the Academic & Study Skills Team to elevate your creative thinking in a series of workshops designed to support you as your prepare for your Unit X assessment.

These talks will be an opportunity to inspire your thinking during Unit X, and for those who attend in person, you can claim RISE points as additional credits! All talks will be recorded and available afterward on this webpage.

A little info about our partner this year, Design Factory

Manchester Design Factory is a new innovation hub at Manchester School of Art. It is a vehicle for our community of practitioners, researchers, and students to design locally-based sustainable development with the potential to reach well beyond our city. We take a participatory approach to designing innovation that is social and inclusive. The first project that we are working on is the Arts Council-funded Creative Campus project in Stockport. Through this activity, the Design Factory will be able to apply design thinking and doing to the theme of ‘Repurpose’, working with creative businesses and social enterprises to actively develop sustainable ways of collectively thriving. Stockport can be a microcosm for creating positive change which works with what we have, and by design amplifies what we need more of.

Folklore Tapes

Folklore Tapes is an open-ended research project exploring the vernacular arcana of Great Britain and beyond; traversing the myths, mysteries, magic and strange phenomena of the old counties via abstracted musical reinterpretation and experimental visuals. The driving principle of the project is to bring the nation’s folk record to life, to rekindle interest in the treasure trove of traditional culture by finding new forms for its expression.

Julia Soboleva

Julia Soboleva is a Latvia born, UK based mix-media artist. Her process involves painting and collage on found photographic imagery. Her methodology comprises of an intuitive approach to image making, creative dancing and meditation practise. Exploring the themes of madness and reality though the archetypal concept, Soboleva creates mysterious narratives where things are not what they seem to be. Being born and raised in a Post Soviet era, she is also exploring the notions of misplacement, belonging and transgenerational trauma and healing in her work. She obtained a master’s degree in Illustration at Manchester School of Art in 2018 and is now working as an independent creator and a freelance illustrator.

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In A Nutshell...

  • Collaborate... with industry leading experts in the field of Design
  • Upskill... on the debates happening right now within the design industry in Manchester & Stockport
  • Show leadership... and the opportunity to demonstrate creative problem solving in practice
  • Engage... with a industry leading speakers across a range of engaging creative themes
  • Earn up to 10 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.


  • place 17:00 to 19:00 on 01/02/24 - BZ 403 (Benzie Building 4th Floor Lecture Theatre)
    Attend in-person Inspirer talk