Thank you for joining us at the opening night of Wilson's Republic at the Media Centre. Wilson's #1 welcomed over 50 local creatives including designers, illustrators, architects, photographers, artists and many more.

We were blown away by the response and have already had lots of feedback which we are acting on. 

Wilson's Republic are now looking for input from you for the next event, sometime in October 2015, where we will be showcasing more speakers and building a whole new bill of activity. If you are interested in getting involved, or would like to be kept up to date, email us at hello@wilsonsrepublic.com, or subscribe to our mailing list. We hope to see you next time.

If you couldn't make it, here's what you missed.


After years of thinking about it, months of deliberating it and weeks of planning; Wilson's Republic will finally become a reality on the 18th June. Our venue for the launch is Cafe Ollo in The Media Centre.

It will be a casual affair with an initial introduction to Wilson's Republic, a guest speaker (more info to follow soon) and lots of opportunity to chat with your peers. There will also be opportunity for you to input what you'd like to see at future Wilson's Republic events. We look forward to seeing you there.


So this is probably long overdue. Huddersfield is a big town and for many years it has housed a thriving design community - which continues to grow. There's no shortage of passion either; Huddersfield residents usually have a lot of it.

Our bigger neighbours, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield, are lauded as creative centres with established networks. So why is it that a town with so much design talent has never got together as a single group?

Maybe we don't like each other? Maybe we think we're going to steal each other's clients? Or maybe it's because no one has ever said 'fancy a pint?'.

Let's find out.

We're not entirely sure where this will go or what it will become, but we know one thing: Design in all its forms - and the benefits it can bring to communities, business and culture - keeps cropping up in conversation. We can't help thinking that the next few years may be the best to be a designer.

If Wilson's Republic ends up as a three-times-a-year booze up then that's fine. If it becomes a series of events that inspire us, great. If we end up with a unified voice, then that is something to meet for.

We can't do this without you. 

~ Wilson's Republic