February is already off to a flying start with the opening of PORTFOLIO @ Solomon, the announcement of New Horizon at the London Festival of Architecture in June, and the reception in recognition of O'Donnell + Tuomey receiving the Royal Gold Medal all happening within the first days of the month. Our Celebrate your Local Design Hero project with local libraries is underway with more events this month in Ballybane Community Library. There's lots coming up and with February being such a short month, it'll surely fly by. We've created a helpful rundown of what's on this month in the ID2015 world to help you get your design fix.
In the Making continues in the ID2015 Design Hub at Dublin Castle Coach House. This is the first time the exhibition has toured outside the Design Museum and it's getting an incredible reception from visitors. As part of In the Making we're running design talks and family days twice a month. On February 12th Deanta Design will be discussing objects of purpose and on the 26th Gazel Designs will be rethinking the everyday, both at 1.15pm. Family workshops are happening on Saturday 14th with print and textiles designer Caroline Ryan and on the 28th with ceramicist Kate Sheriden, from 10.30am.
On Friday 6th, Fresh Talent will open in the ID2015 Kilkenny Design Hub – National Craft Gallery. Curated by Angela O'Kelly, Fresh Talent shines a light on the creative new wave of designers emerging since 2011, working within and across disciplines. There's a full programme of family, schools and makers workshops throughout its run, to find out more visit the National Craft Gallery website.
On the international front, we're very excited to be involved in the International Fashion Showcase at London Fashion Week on 20th – 24th February with In the Fold, an exhibition of the work of emerging Irish designers. Curated by Gemma A. Williams, an Irish born, London-based fashion curator, In The Fold is an immersive and experiential installation exploring how young Irish graduates use fashion as a response to their environment, revealing how we construct a cultural identity and is presented by ID2015 in collaboration with fashion exhibition partner Kildare Village.
Our funded events are also well underway. This month The Ogonelle Coffee Exchange start their weekly workshops on February 14th, the UCD School of Architecture and National Film School, IADT's exhibition Revisiting Dublin’s past futures: City, Assembled runs until February 8th. Lifelogging Lab at the Science Gallery opens on February 13th, asking designers, artists and photographers 'where do we go from here?' Finally, Profiles a series of short video interviews with creatives, will launch on February 26th.
Words by Alex Calder.