Here we are at the penultimate monthly event update post of 2015. We can scarcely believe how quickly time has passed, and how many incredible events we’ve been part of. November sees Design Weeks taking place around the country, with Belfast and Sligo this year joining Galway and Dublin in hosting talks, workshops, exhibitions and events from the 2nd to the 8th of November. We're thrilled that our flagship show, Liminal – Irish design at the threshold comes to Dublin on November 20th after an incredible year touring design weeks from Milan to New York to Eindhoven. Featuring over 30 designers, companies and studios involved in collaborations across disciplines,  Liminal explores, identifies and showcases Irish creativity, and how designers, companies and studios are moving across the disciplinary boundaries and the limits of what design was, into what design can become. It's the ID2015 exhibition you definitely can't miss. 

Read on to discover what's on in design this month.



12th November: Universal Design in Education and 24 Hour Universal Design Hackathon

Higher education institutions and systems worldwide are in a period of extraordinary challenge and change. The drive to increase participation in higher education is often at odds with the need to encourage and develop all students to be technically proficient and yet creative, independent and socially aware thinkers that are engaged with the world outside of the campus walls. This two-day conference and 24 Hour Universal Design Hackathon from the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design in the Printworks, Dublin Castle, explores the application of universal design across educational disciplines.

Register and find out more here


Design Week

31st October: Sligo Design Week

Exploring the themes of ID2015 -  sense of place, sustainability and well-being - Sligo's first Design Week includes a stellar line-up of speakers for lunchtime design talks, workshops exploring design, and networking events. Also included on show is Fresh Talent, one of ID2015's core exhibitions, which shines a light on the new wave of Irish designers, along with a special session on creative entrepreneurship, a family day of design, a live street art and music session, and a maker's day, including a pop-up FabLab and a special screening of the film Maker. 

See the full programme here

2nd November: Belfast Design Week 

The inaugural Belfast Design Week, curated by The Design Salon, showcases emerging and established talent and aims to create new connections across island-wide industries. The programme includes a carefully curated range of events and activities including talks, workshops, pop-ups and exhibitions.

See the full schedule here

2nd November: Galway Design Week

Galway Design Week is an annual festival showcasing Galway’s dynamic and diverse culture of design, offering visitors a chance to experience the unique impact the region has on national and international design practice. A series of events including exhibitions, talks and workshops will take in animation, architecture, costume, craft, food, furniture, graphics, print, product and textiles.

See the full schedule here.

2nd November: Dublin Design Week

An annual festival showcasing design innovation and excellence across Ireland, with a programme including talks, exhibitions, workshops and more. This year, to mark the European Year of Development and the theme 'Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future', Design Week has joined Dóchas, the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations, to support the initiative and highlight the role design plays in enabling happy, healthy and dignified lives.

See the full schedule here.



30th October: PORTFOLIO: Stone and Metal 

PORTFOLIO: Metals & Stone at the Solomon Gallery presents over thirty innovative artworks by seven of Ireland’s most distinguished artists working in metal, each working in a centuries-old continuum. Showcasing exceptional pieces created with gold, silver, copper, iron and other precious metals, using both ancient traditional and innovative contemporary techniques.

30th October: Fresh Talent 

As part of the inaugural Sligo Design Week, Fresh Talent, an ID2015 exhibition, comes to The Model in Sligo. First shown at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny earlier this year, and then again at the ID2015 Design Hub at Dublin Castle during the summer, Fresh Talent shines a light on the creative new wave of Irish designers that have been emerging since 2011, working both within and across disciplines. Curated by Angela O'Kelly, Fresh Talent is one of the core exhibitions on the ID2015 touring programme.

3rd November: Second Skin

Second Skin 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. The commission may sound like a simple proposition, but the reality of sourcing and making clothing in Ireland is not straightforward. Their journey, which brings to life their inspiration and process through to the finished pieces, forms the basis of the Clonmel run of Second Skin at The Main Guard.

For the full programme of events, click here

5th November: Design for Children

Design for Children at The Ark, Dublin, explores design with a focus on children's toys and spaces for play, to encourage children to be aware of the importance of good design and to explore the core elements and principles of design specifically for children.

5th November: Galway Design Box

Galway Design Box is a permanent exhibition that will see seven display boxes situated in prominent public locations around Galway city. Each box will house an Irish designer’s work on a rotating basis across the disciplines of ceramics, fashion, furniture, industrial design, jewellery, medical devices, millinery and textiles, among others. Watch out for them around the city!

5th November: Inside Outside

Riverbank Arts Centre presents Inside Outside, a new exhibition of work by ceramic sculptor Isobel Egan. Inspired by space and architecture, she works with porcelain as its intrinsic characteristics, its translucence and delicate paper-like quality, enables the realisation of her concepts.

19th November: Dublin Art Book Fair

This year’s Dublin Art Book Fair puts a particular emphasis on integrating design and craft as a significant component of the Fair for an innovative exhibition focusing on books and book design realised as an extensive series of installations, workshops and talks. 

20th November: Liminal – Irish design at the threshold

Our flagship touring exhibition comes home to Dublin after traveling to international design weeks in Milan, New York and Eindhoven. Featuring the work of over 30 designers, studios and companies, the exhibition takes the theme of liminality, which refers to spaces that lie between the known and the unknown, to present a pivotal chapter in Irish design. It explores the craft of collaboration across disciplines, presenting the exploratory journeys undertaken by designers and demonstrating Irish design excellence across disciplines, while considering the possibilities for the future.

At the ID2015 Design Hub, Dublin Castle.

27th November: The Essence of Design

An exhibition of work developed by the Leitrim Design House Network and associates during 2015 with a strong commercial focus.

At the Dock Art Centre, Carrick on Shannon.



5th November: The Allingham Festival

A four day festival with a special focus this year on 'inspiring creativity and engaging enterprise' through a series of talks and other events. Wes Sewell, VFX supervisor behind the films Gladiator, Avengers,  Iron Manand Black Hawk Down will be in attendance and there will be a series of Irish design and craft talks and workshops.

16th November: DesignFest Clonmel

DesignFest Clonmel is a brand new festival that celebrates the best in media, art and digital design. Taking place throughout Clonmel, the programme will include a Digital Design Careers Fair at LIT, interactive CoderDojo workshops and special guest speakers sharing their top tips on data protection, Twitter and making the most of online video. The festival will take a look behind the scenes of the digital world we live in, offering attendees a chance to meet some of the influencers in this dynamic industry, and will present some of the work at the cutting edge where media, arts and digital design connect.

For more details and a full programme of events, visit the festival's website.


Film project

16th November: Irish Design Insights

Six three-minute documentaries from IADT, each portraying one of the six leading designers in Ireland, and giving an insight into their background, personal motivation, and the national and international impact of their work.



4th November: EUNIC Masterclass Series: Assemble

Partnering with EUNIC Ireland to host leading international designers from Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain, discussing a wide range of design ideas and practices from product design to architecture, from fashion to furniture, the British Council and ID2015 have invited Assemble – a London based collective working across the fields of art, architecture and design to facilitate a masterclass with students of Architecture, Interior Architecture, Contemporary Art, Applied Art and Communication Design at the Architecture Factory, Cork Institute of Technology. 

For further details or to express interest on behalf of your students please email us.

6th November: EUNIC Masterclass Series: Philipp Mainzer

Partnering with EUNIC Ireland to host leading international designers from Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain, discussing a wide range of design ideas and practices from product design to architecture, from fashion to furniture, the Goethe Institut Dublin and ID2015 have invited Philip Mainzer, award winning Architect, Product Designer and Founding Director of furniture brand e15 and Philipp Mainzer Office for Architecture and Design, to give a masterclass for an invited group of students of architecture, interior architecture, retail and furniture design from various colleges at St Andrews, Suffolk Street.

For further details or to express interest on behalf of your students please email us.



5th November: Design Now 

ID2015 and EUNIC present Design Now, a symposium exploring contemporary design in a European context. Design Now will explore diverging contemporary design practices across architecture, exhibition and retail design, industrial and product design, and conceptual design.

Speakers: Philipp Mainzer of E15, Germany | Fran Edgerley of Turner Prize nominated Assemble Studio, UK | Alex Terzariol of MM Design, Italy | Francesco Zurlo of Politecnico di Milano, Italy | Andrew Griffin of Urban Agency, Ireland | Cormac O'Conaire of Design Partners, Ireland

The symposium asks each of the designers to discuss their design approach and the processes they utilize within their design practices. Through discussion of recent and on-going projects, Design Now will explore how the designers work collaboratively; their approach to projects; managing clients; and, testing the success of designs.

At The Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield. Book your free tickets here.



2nd November: Researching with and for older communities

How might we design support for ageing so that people stay vital to their communities? This talk by Professor Ann Light features a study of living sociably, some repositioning of ageing technology research and new plans for investigating what digital tools might contribute.

At the Absolute Hotel, Limerick.

5th November: An Audience with the Stone Twins

As part of the 100 Archive’s ongoing series, ‘Modern Practice on 100 Archive’, visual communication gurus The Stone Twins will deliver their perspective on the evolving landscape of visual communication practice. Using their career milestones as references, Declan and Garech Stone will consider how we can help ensure the effective evolution of the industry. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session and healthy debate.

At DIT, Grangegorman. Book your tickets here.

10th November: We Built This City – Chicago

We Built This City is a trilogy of lively panel discussions that aim to raise awareness and celebrate the contribution Irish people have made to the built and cultural fabric of three major cities: London, Chicago and New York. We Built this City is presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation in collaboration with ID2015 and the Office of the Minister for Diaspora Affairs of Ireland. A short film by Dyehouse Films, commissioned for We Built this City, will be screened as an introduction to the discussion.

There have always been close ties between Ireland and Chicago and this connection has been particularly strong in the built environment sector, from the men who rebuilt Chicago’s infrastructure after the Great Fire, to the Irish Architects who traveled to study under Mies van der Rohe at Crown Hall, IIT, to the various Irish construction companies who built the Millenium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the recent Aqua Tower, among other projects. We Built This City aims to reveal the untold stories of the Irish in Chicago. The line-up of speakers for We Built This City | Chicago will be announced shortly. We Built This City | Chicago is mounted in partnership with the Chicago Design Museum.

We Built This City continues with one more panel discussion in New York, Spring 2016.

November 13th: Dinner Dialogues 

Society currently faces extensive, large-scale and complex challenges, challenges which design processes are suited to addressing. Design thinking can open up dialogues between a number of fields, including policy and planning, community development, sociology, anthropology, human geography, and development studies.

Dinner Dialogues are interested in understanding the role of designer in responding to this new context, a context in which designers can act as knowledge brokers between different fields. Over the course of four dinners, Dinner Dialogues would like to bring together a range of practitioners from the design and non-design communities to discuss various themes, including what we mean by 'good design' and the role of design in tackling complex social issues.

At 9, North Great George’s St. Book your ticket here.



November 3rd: Design Camp Belfast

Design Camp will be a day-long, free gathering, featuring invited speakers from Ireland talking about their experiences in their individual areas of design in a participant led 'un-conference' – open to anyone from the design world to speak at, but with an emphasis on student and graduate speakers.

Speakers include: Alex Milton – ID2015, Barney Starling – HAY, Joel Simon – Flickerpix Animations, Marc Case – Whitenoise, Paul McNally – Paul McNally Design, Sebastian Heinz – Patchblocks, Trish Belford – Co-founder of Tactility Factory and Senior Research Fellow at Belfast School of Art.

Design Camp is a project by The Design Salon, a collective of makers, creators, design enthusiasts and connectors who strive to draw attention to the creative design industry across all sectors in Northern Ireland. They are connectors who believe strongly in working together in order to create opportunities for everyone within the industry. 

At the Lyric Theatre. Book your ticket here.

10th November: Design It

Geared towards class groups, the Design It workshop and exhibition at The Ark in Dublin's city centre is a great opportunity to introduce school children to the process of design, illustrating how designers take ideas and make them realities. The exhibition, Design It, is the result of a challenge given to Irish designers to create new products for children, taking inspiration from iconic children's toys, furniture and textiles. Design It recreates each designer's individual studio, offering a glimpse of their working practices via their sketches, photographs and working prototypes to reveal the process of creation.

Classes will be brought on a guided tour of the exhibition where they will get an insight into different design processes. The materials and tools used in the making of the products are also displayed, so students can learn about different approaches to materials. Throughout the tour, classes will be encouraged to identify and discuss what they consider the most important design elements of individual pieces, and to give their feedback and suggestions on how the prototype could be developed.

Following the tour, there is a creative workshop with artist Jo May on designing and making a printed fabric pattern, drawing on inspiration from the printed designs featured in the exhibition.

For tickets call 01 6707788 to speak to the box office team or email boxoffice@ark.ie.

14th November: Porcelain Cities

Join artist Isobel Egan for this creative and innovative workshop which will result in unique pieces of porcelain art for each participant. Following exercises to excite and inspire the imagination, children will draw, score, scratch, mark, emboss images and learn how to apply colour to paper thin porcelain strips, resulting in beautifully colourful pictures. Natural light will illuminate the translucent porcelain pictures when hung by a window. Following the workshop, Isobel will take the porcelain pictures away to be fired in the kiln, before returning them to Riverbank Arts Centre for collection by the workshop participants. Suitable for children aged 7 – 12.

19th November: Halftone Print Fair

PhotoIreland and Black Church Print Studio present the first instalment of HALFTONE, Dublin's fresh new print fair. HALFTONE looks at how different printing processes coexist in a diverse range of artistic and creative practices, celebrating printed matter in all its forms. The program will offer workshops, demo sessions, and talks, plus a large exhibition of selected artist’s prints sourced through an open call.


Words by Alex Calder.

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