The seventh edition of Graphic Days®, the international visual design festival promoted in Turin since 2016 by the Print Club Turin association and the quattrolinee agency, will take place from 17 September to 2 October. For the first time, the festival will be fully disseminated in the city in 6 main locations and with a calendar of over 40 events curated by local design studios. Another important news of this edition: all the initiatives will be dedicated to one specific theme: the Kids.
On 17 and 18 September the seventh edition of Graphic Days® opens with a special event inside the Docks Dora, with a calendar of exhibitions, workshops, talks, video projections, performances, a craft exhibition and a food & beverage set up for the occasion. On 21 September, a solo exhibition by the illustrator Lucio Schiavon opens at Spazio Musa, the multipurpose venue located in front of the Consolata Sanctuary; this is the artist’s first solo show, a retrospective on the illustrator’s work and a section dedicated to the Kids theme, created ad hoc for the festival. The home of the festival will be in the Mosca wing of the Cavallerizza Reale, which from 23 September to 2 October will be animated by a rich schedule of initiatives including performances, talks, appointments with illustrators and screen printers, as a corollary to a large exhibition itinerary.
The evenings of 27 and 29 September will be dedicated to the appointments of the In the city calendar: over 100 design studios, artists and realities operating in the area participate in the festival by curating and planning 40 initiatives dedicated to the themes of the festival in their own offices.
After the closing of the festival, on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 October a new hub will be activated: Cumiana15, for the off event designed for children aged 6 to 11 and their families with the aim of stimulating the development of creativity and of cognitive abilities in children. The calendar will be created with the scientific support of Giorgio Camuffo, professor of visual communication at the Free University of Bolzano and project manager of EDDES, the research program dedicated to the application of design in the educational and training fields.
In addition to the Docks Dora, Spazio Musa, the Cavallerizza Reale and Cumiana15, two other main hubs will be activated: the Print Club Torino laboratory on 24 and 25 September will host workshops dedicated to screen printing and other printing techniques and the Casa del Pingone which will host a exhibition of the artist Riccardo Colombo and some workshops.
Finally, on 28 September, thanks to the collaboration with beeozanam, an exhibition dedicated to the figure of Alessandro Caligaris will be inaugurated in the spaces of via Foligno 14, while workshops for children will be organized with the Laboratio Xké and the Scarabocchi Festival in Novara.
From the world of publishing, to the production of games to the development of dedicated programs by cultural institutions, children in fact offer a field of constant experimentation for visual design and social design. The festival will be an opportunity to highlight the point of view of children / teenagers: the use of play as a key to interpreting the world, the imagination and the ability to see beyond (obstacles, appearance or evidence), the importance of attention for the future.
Concentrating the design focus on the youngest means asking ourselves about the role of design, innovation and digital interaction in the creative learning process and the ability of social design to convey complex messages such as environmental issues, gender, linguistic inclusion, cognitive disorders, …
The theme will be addressed through three interpretation keys:
Design For Kids: examples of visual design applied to the creation of products and services that have children as a target.
Design Like Kids: experiences that highlight the power of a design culture based on a playful attitude and an immediate, colorful and fun visual language typical of children.
Design With Kids: laboratory activities and initiatives carried out together with children.
A project by
Print Club Torino
A dynamic and multi-project cultural center which combines social innovation design and visual culture through courses, activities, events, collaborations and immersive experiences that revolve around the themes of social inclusion and accessability.
It is the catalyst of a creative community on the move that promotes experimentation and the sharing of ideas, techniques and planning.
It started out with the intention of creating connections in the territory by promoting the sharing of knowledge of craftsmen thanks to a transversal approach between the different sectors involved.
Founded in 2012, Quattrolinee is a brand agency based in Turin combining strategy, design and technology to create innovative communication actions. The agency builds digital and analog communication strategies starting with visual identity design. Their team is composed of different professional profiles who work together to design original projects and strategies with a high quality visual approach.
A horizontal and participative non-profit organization. It focuses on social and environmental sustainability. Professionals coming from different fields, from design to visual communication, work together on cultural projects related to education, art, and sustainability to generate a positive impact on society. The aim of the association is to spark open debates and affect people’s behaviour by enhancing their awareness.