June got underway with the very blustery but very successful launch of London Festival Architecture (LFA) and New Horizon_architecture from Ireland in London's King's Cross. For the first time, Ireland is the country of focus for LFA2015, and if you have a chance to visit London this month don't miss the striking Red and Yellow Pavilions from architects TAKA, Clancy Moore, Steve Larkin and Hall McKnight at Lewis Cubitt Square, King's Cross, and Nine Lives from Emmett Scanlon, at Design Museum's Tank. There's a full programme of talks and events connected to New Horizon taking place throughout June across London, to see the full listings click here.

Finishing up this month in Ireland are Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things at the ID2015 Design Hub, closing on June 14th, In the Fold – an exhibition of the work up and coming young fashion designers at Kildare Village, ending on June 10th and Appetite for Design, an exploration of food design curated by Designgoat, finishing on June 30th, so catch these great exhibitions while you still can.

As always, there are lots of design events around the country and, as it's June, it's grad show season so get down to your local college, IT or university to see how this year's crop of future designers imagine the world to come. 


  • 2nd June: In Limerick, Productive Fragments focuses on reinhabiting a historic city fabric, aiming to act as the starting point of a long strategic plan to reinvigorate Georgian Limerick examining how the social impact of re-inhabitating long since abandoned period buildings will enhance the city's sense of place. 
  • 2nd June: Entwined Identities is a captivating and otherworldly exhibition of the work of established and up and coming Irish fashion designers. On show at the Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin, until June 30th. 
  • 5th June: Lift Off, this year’s DIT Graduate Art and Design Exhibition, looks to the future as the graduates embark on their careers as the next generation of artists and designers, and DIT embarks on the next phase of development of the new campus at Grangegorman. Until June 13th.
  • 5th June: The annual IADT graduate exhibition will showcase work from graduating students in animation, photography, visual communication design, visual arts practice, film and television production, modelmaking, design and digital effects, and design for stage and screen. At the IADT campus, Dun Laoghaire until June 10th or check out their work on Instagram at @wearefutureproofed.
  • 7th June: ON, the Limerick School of Art & Design Graduate Show, features the work of final year LSAD graduates from painting, printmaking and contemporary practice, sculpture and combined media, ceramics, fashion and visual communications. The central concept behind the show – ON – is derived from the energy and creativity of the LSAD graduate students. Until June 14th.
  • 8th June: Following a successful St Patrick's weekend opening and run in London, Second Skin opens on June 8th in The Playhouse in Derry/Londonderry. Second Skin curator Louise Allen commissioned four of Ireland’s leading fashion labels - JRothwell, Joanne Hynes, NATALIEBCOLEMAN and Lennon Courtney - to design, source and produce a garment or range of clothing on the island of Ireland and to document the opportunities and challenges which the process presented. Runs until June 16th.
  • 12th June: PORTFOLIO: Side by Side, a curated exhibition of contemporary work from the Design & Crafts Council's PORTFOLIO programme opens in the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris for a month long run, finishing on July 10th.
  • 12th June: NCAD's graduate show opens on June 12th for a 10 day run, featuring work from graduates across all discpilines at their Thomas Street campus. 
  • 13th June: CIT Crawford College of Art & Design’s 2015 degree show, We Do Not Leave Pyramids exhibits the work of final year Fine Art and Contemporary Applied Art students. Running until June 20th at Crawfrd College of Art & Design.
  • 15th June: Resonate, an exhibition showcasing the work of contemporary Irish fashion photographers, continues its tour of libraries around Dublin, opening on June 15th Ballyroan Library, Rathfarnham, until June 28th.


  • 9th and 10th June: Organised by SPIDER and hosted by the Northern and Western Regional Assembly, the Public Service Design Conference at Dublin Castle is the first major conference on service design to take place in Ireland. Focusing on and highlighting organisations and individuals that are using service design to lead transformation in public services in Ireland and Europe, the conference aims to stimulate ideas, projects and connections that will lead to new and innovative approaches to solving public service challenges. 


  • On June 30th, the IDI will launch 'Design Is...' a short film about design aimed at second level students and teachers, to create an awareness of what design is, what designers across different disciplines do, potential career paths, and the important role that design plays in our society, economy and beyond.


  • 8th June: IxDA Limerick hosts Let's Talk About Irish Design a short format series of talks with the best creative speakers from Limerick and beyond. From 6.30pm in the Absolute Hotel, Limerick. Book your free place here.
  • 11th June: The last in the current series of our Design Bites talks in with James Leckey of Leckey, discussing how design improves lives. 1:15pm to 1:45pm at the ID2015 Design Hub, Dublin Castle. 
  • 13th June: Just before Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things ends, curator Jochen Eisenbrand (Chief Curator at Vitra Design Museum) introduces the exhibition and talks about finding the genius in design for the everyday. A free event, from 12pm to 1pm at the ID2015 Design Hub. Book here.
  • 19th June: In Colour & Context four designers from disciplines across the fields of fashion, textiles and jewellery talk about the relationship between colour, material, process and production, and the aesthetic, symbolic and environmental impacts of colour. 11am to 12:15pm at NCAD.


  • 10th June: Learn how to apply service design in your organisation at this free half-day workshop from experienced public service innovators. There will be four workshops running simultaneously covering the folllowing themes: Health and Social Care Services, Digital Public Services, Youth Services and Creativity in Public Services. To book, click here.
  • 13th and 14th June: A two day course with James Adair for anyone interested in learning techniques to create hand-stitched leather items. Find out more here.


  •  12th June: Designing Exhibitions, Exhibiting Design is a seminar for designers, curators and exhibition makers exploring the practice of exhibition design and how it connects with the curatorial process of making exhibitions. Dr.Jochen Eisenbrand, Chief Curator at Vitra Design Museum and curator of Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things will give a key-note talk with presentations from curators and designers who will discuss the collaborative process involved in producing exhibitions to create the narration of the exhibition vision, as well as ensuring the design considers the logistics of touring programmes and engages audiences. This seminar is part of ID2015 series of lectures in partnership with EUNIC: the network of European Union National Institutes for Culture, presented with the Goethe Institute Ireland.



Words by Alex Calder.

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