Fresh Talent

3.07.2015 –

ID2015 Design Hub

Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 6pm
Sundays + Bank Holidays 1pm – 6pm

01 6458845

Fresh Talent shines a light on some of the most creative of the new wave of emerging Irish designers, who have made an impact within three years of graduating. A mix of award winning graduate projects from Ireland's universities, art and design colleges and from Irish students abroad, are shown together with a selection of designers and practitioners who are establishing their businesses. Fresh Talent draws from a range of fields and incorporates a selection of design disciplines. Curated by Angela O'Kelly.

Discussing the exhibition, curator Angela 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 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. For more details on the designers and makers invovled, read their bios here.  

Curated by Angela O'Kelly.

Designers include: ail+el Design - Arturo Borrego - Ashleigh Smith - Billy Mac Donald - Cait Corkery - Craig Higgins - Darragh Casey - Designgoat - Edwyn Hickey - GAZEL - James King - Julie Connellan - Kate O'Kelly - Kevin Callaghan - Orla Reynolds - Rebecca Marsden - Richard Malone - Ronan Kelly - Rory Sims - Sinéad Onóra Kennedy - Vincent Lam


Education and Events Programme


Join our gallery mediators to get an insight into the Fresh Talent exhibition, exploring some of their favourite works.


CULTURE NIGHT, Friday 18 Sept, 5pm – 9pm

The national festival of culture at the Design Hub will be packed full with talks, music, workshops and mini tours of our Fresh Talent exhibition. Bring a Tshirt to Screenprint with Print Block, try your hand Throwing Pots in the garden, make your mark with your own Drawbot. Marcus Hannratty along with NCAD Product Design students will be holding FIXPERT drop-in sessions. James Walmsley - DublinTown's Unplugged Best Acoustic Busker 2015 - will be singing in the garden from 5.30pm - 7pm. Bring a friend and we'll see you there!




MINI MAKERS, Every Wednesday from 8 July to 26 August, 3pm – 5pm (5-13years)

Throughout the summer we invite our mini makers into the gallery for drop-in workshops to explore, invent, make and design.


FAMILY DAYS, Alternate Saturdays, 10.30am + 12noon (5-13 years)

Explore design ideas and processes through talking drawing and making. To book email:

4 July - Sheena Flynn: Designing Posters

18 July - Ciara O’Sullivan: Press Mould Clay Shapes

1 Aug - Vincent Lam: Modelling Metal Monsters

15 Aug  - Arturo Borrego: Jigsaw Jewellery

29 Aug- Rebecca Marsden: Fantastic Future Fashions

12 Sept - Simon Dennehy, Perch: Redesign Your Seat


FESTIVAL OF CURIOSITY, Friday 24 July – Sunday 26 July

24 July, 1pm - Panel Discussion: Designing The Future of Work & Play

24 – 26 July, 12-5pm - Origami Zoo: Curious Paper Creatures with Akiko Kidokoro. Drop-in workshop

24 – 26 July - LEGO: Curious Creations - Design, Create, Play, advanced workshops for teens with LEGO and LearnIT, Book through:


DESIGN BITES, Alternate Thursdays, 1.15pm - 1.45pm

In this series of lunchtime talks we explore what’s next in design, highlighting innovations and fresh thinking that is making an impact.

9 July – Kevin Callaghan: Waste Crafted as Luxury

23 July - Fred Raguillat, IBM: Innovation, Invention and Patents 

6 Aug – Michelle Douglas: Design Driving Economic Growth

20 Aug – Jonny Campbell, BrewBot: The Beer Brewing Robot

3 Sept – Prof Rob Kitchin, Maynooth University: Smart Dublin

17 Sept – James King: Engineering Design to Save Lives


DESIGN SESSIONS, Alternate Saturdays, 2pm

Experiment with a new skill in these inventive workshops for designers, makers and creative dabblers. To book email:

4 July - Sheena Flynn: Creative Branding with Illustration

18 July- Ciara O’Sullivan: Plaster Casting for Ceramics

1 Aug - Vincent Lam: Model Sculpting & Latex Moulds

15 Aug - Arturo Borrego: CNC Laser-cut Prototyping

29 Aug - Rebecca Marsden: Form & Fluidity: Creating Structure in Textiles

12 Sept - Simon Dennehy, Perch: Design for Movement


DESIGNER PANEL: Future Fashions, Thursday 16 July, 6pm

Aisling Farinella, Fashion Advisor to ID2015 talks future directions with up-coming fashion designers Richard Malone, Laura Kinsella and Helen Cody. The three designers represent a diversity of exciting future-facing design in the area of fashion and millenary and each bring their own perspectives to what the future holds and where they are headed for next. This lively discussion gives a glimpse into the thinking of three very talented Irish Designers.


CURATOR & DESIGNERS TALK: What Happens Next? Saturday 29 Aug, 4pm

Curator Angela O’Kelly introduces the Fresh Talent exhibition, talking with designers Rebecca Marsden and Orla Reynolds about their path from graduating to making an impact. The first steps after graduating can be a scary; from applying for awards, to developing the first professional portfolio or collection, or trying to get a product to market. Who do you talk to, where can you look for support and what happens next? 

ID2015 Design Hub

Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 6pm
Sundays + Bank Holidays 1pm – 6pm

01 6458845

ID2015 Design Hub, Dublin Castle

The Coach House, The Coach House, Castle Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

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