ID2015 Design Hub, Dublin Castle

Friday, 3rd July – Sunday, 20th September 2015


Fresh Talent, which opens in the ID2015 Design Hub at the Coach House, Dublin Castle on Friday, 3rd July 2015, shines a light on the creative new wave of designers emerging since 2011 who work within and across disciplines.  This new exhibition was specially commissioned to form part of the programme of exhibitions for Irish Design 2015 (ID2015), the government-backed initiative exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design throughout Ireland and internationally.

Fresh Talent, which was first shown at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny earlier this year, includes a mix of award winning graduate projects from Ireland’s major universities and from Irish students abroad, combined with the latest work from a selection of designers and practitioners who are at the early stages of establishing their businesses.  Reflecting the breadth of the ID2015 initiative, the exhibition draws from a range of fields, incorporating a selection of design disciplines including craft, architecture, set design, visual communication, product design, fashion and design engineering.

Commenting on the exhibition, Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of Irish Design 2015 said that supporting designers and makers in the early stages of their career is vital.  

“Showcasing the work of talented emerging designers and makers is central to the Irish Design 2015 programme.  Providing recent graduates and early-stage practitioners with opportunities to exhibit their work is crucial in developing Ireland’s vibrant creative industries into the future.  As Irish design gains a growing reputation internationally, we want to profile both at home and abroad the wealth of talent amongst contemporary Irish designer and makers." 

Fresh Talent curator Angela O’Kelly says: 

“It is so important that young emerging designers and practitioners are able to work across disciplines, rather than just in linear subject areas. This enables real sustainable career opportunities. The new creatives shown here in Fresh Talent are pushing boundaries, focusing on user first designs and working across disciplines. Nothing is a challenge, it’s a very exciting time for design in Ireland!”

The designers and practitioners included in Fresh Talent are:

  • Gazel
  • Designgoat
  • Darragh Casey
  • Orla Reynolds
  • Kate O’Kelly
  • Kevin Callaghan
  • Julie Connellan
  • Ail & El
  • Sinead Kennedy
  • Cait Corkery
  • Craig Higgins
  • James King
  • Edwyn Hickey
  • Ronan Kelly
  • Arturo Boreggo
  • Ashleigh Smith
  • Richard Malone
  • Rory Simms
  • Billy MacDonald
  • Rebecca Marsden
  • Vincent Lam

The work featured in Fresh Talent includes a selection of products from emerging design studio Gazel, graduate collections from fashion designer Richard Malone and pieces reflecting the breadth of disciplines practiced by acclaimed Dublin-based designers Cian Corcoran and Ahmad Fakhry of Designgoat.

A number of the featured designers have been previous winners and recipients of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Future Makers Awards & Supports Programme which aims to assist students and recent graduates of full-time craft and design based studies or training to pursue an exciting and rewarding career in the craft and design industry.

Fresh Talent continues at The Coach House, Dublin Castle until Sunday, 20th September 2015 and will be supported with a programme of events throughout its run.



For further press information please contact:
Aoife Smith, Sorcha Furlong or Emma Kelly at Elevate PR on 01-6625652 or aoife@elevate.ie / sorcha@elevate.ie / emma@elevate.ie 


Notes to Editors:

About the Curator

Angela O’Kelly is the Head of Design for Body and Environment at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She has worked as a curator of contemporary design and craft since 2004 and has also worked as a consultant, educator, facilitator and practitioner. She holds a degree and postgraduate diploma in Design and Applied Art from Edinburgh College of Art and an MA in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from University College Dublin. 


About Irish Design 2015

Through a year-long programme of events and activities exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design both in Ireland and internationally, Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) aims to showcase the very best of Irish design in order to drive job creation, grow exports and increase competitiveness.  ID2015 is an island of Ireland initiative engaging the public, the design community and businesses and will promote Irish design in just about every form at home through events and exhibitions while also targeting the export market through trade missions and events in international capitals of design and commerce.  As part of ID2015, Dublin has been designated World Design Hub 2015 by the International Association of Designers, providing Ireland with a platform to promote the skills and talents of Irish designers to a worldwide audience.  Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, is Patron of Irish Design 2015 and the initiative has been included in the Irish Government’s Action Plan for Jobs. ID2015 is being convened by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), in collaboration with partner organisations, on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Enterprise Ireland.  Irish Design 2015 partners include Founding Partners - MCO Projects; Accommodation Partners - The Doyle Collection; Venue Partners - OPW; Exhibition Partners – DAA; Transport Partners – Bus Éireann Expressway, Construction Partners – SISK, Technology Partners - IBM and Broadcast Partners - RTÉ.  www.irishdesign2015.ie  

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