Design Graduate End-of-Year Show 2012 calendar

Athlone Institute of Technology
Event title: The Design At AIT Graduate Exhibition 2012
Location: Showing on the main campus of the Athlone Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Athlone, Co Westmeath
Opening Date: Private View Opening on Friday May 25th at 6.30pm
Open to the Public from Tuesday June 5th
Closing Date: Friday June 8th
Times of opening: Tuesday to Thursday: 10am – 8pm. Friday: 10am – 5pm
Contact person: Eddie Ryan
Direct line: 090 646 8000

Cork Institute of Technology
Event title: Final Year BA in Visual Communications & Multimedia Student Exhibition CIT, CCAD, Media Communications Department – ‘I AM’
Location: 3rd floor, CIT School of Music, Union Quay, Cork
Opening Date: Friday June 8th
Closing Date: Wednesday June 13th
Times of opening: 10am-4:30pm
Additional information: OPENING SPEAKER: Carol Coffey, Graphic Department Manager at RTE and Immediate Past President at Institute of Designers in Ireland
Contact person: Rose McGrath
Direct line: 021 433 5812

CIT Crawford College of Art & Design
Event title: EXXIT – BA hons Fine Art & BA hons Ceramic Design Degree Shows
Location: CIT Crawford College of Art & Design
Opening Date: Friday June 15th
Closing Date: Saturday June 23rd
Times of opening: Mon-Sat 11am-6pm Sun 12noon-6pm
Additional information: This year presents CIT Crawford’s 20th Fine art and ceramics Degree Show ‘Exxit’ Keep up to date here on Facebook, or check out the blog at . 15th – 23rd June! Mon-Sat: 11-6. Sun: 12-6.
Contact person: Trish Brennan
Direct line: 021 433 5232

Dublin Institute of Technology
Event title: 2012 BA Photography Graduate Exhibition
Location: Gallery of Photography and National Photographic Archive at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Opening Date: Tuesday June 5th
Closing Date: Sunday June 24th
Additional information: The exhibition will be opened by Angel Gonzalez, Director of the PhotoIreland Festival and DIT graduate.
The exhibition will be open to the public and there will be an opportunity to purchase the photographs on display. A new feature of the exhibition this year will be a photobook library sited in the National Photographic Archive.

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology
Event title: Student Showcase 2012
Location: IADT, Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, South Co. Dublin
Opening Date: Opening Night Thursday 7th June 5pm
Closing Date: Thursday 14th June 8pm
Times of opening: Friday 8th June 13:00 – 16:00
Saturday 9th to Wednesday 13th June 11:00 – 16:00
Thursday 14th June 11:00 – 20:00
Additional information: The 2012 Exhibition is opened by Mr Eamon Gilmore TD, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade. The Exhibition features graduate work from the Animation, Photography, Visual Communication Design, Visual Arts Practice, Film & Television Production and Modelmaking.
Phone: +353 1 214 4600

GMIT Letterfrack
Name of the Show: Student Furniture Gallery 2012
Event title: GMIT Letterfrack, Connemara, Co. Galway
Opening Date: Monday July 2nd
Closing Date: Friday August 24th
Times of opening: 10am to 4pm
Web page:
Additional information: A display of selected student work from the furniture design, technology and education programmes. Some limited batch items for sale.
Direct line: +353 91 742650

Griffith College Dublin
Event title: Creative Week 2012
Location: Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
Opening Date: Thursday 24th May 7pm
Closing Date: Thursday 31st May. The best work of media and photography students will be on display at the college throughout the following week until 7th June in a celebration of the students’ work.
Additional information: Tickets to the fashion show are €10.00 and are available for purchase by emailing

Institute of Technology, Sligo
Event title: Creative Design Showcase
Location: Yeats Library Foyer
Opening Date: Thursday May 31st
Closing Date: Thursday May 31st
Times of opening: 7.00 – 9.00pm
Additional information: Design Showcase for year 4 but also includes work from year 1, 2 & 3.
Contact person: Nevil Walsh
Direct line: 071 915 5250

Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Event title: LYIT Graduate Showcase
Location: Design Dept, Letterkenny IT, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Opening Date: Tuesday 5th June
Closing Date: Friday 8th June
Times of opening: 10am – 6pm
Contact person: Cormac O’Kane
Direct line: +353 74 918 6203

Limerick Institute of Technology
Event title: Graduate End of Year Show
Location: Clare Street Campus
Opening Date: Saturday June 9th, official opening @ 3 p.m.
Closing Date: Friday June 15th 1 p.m.
Times of opening: Mon-Fri 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (not open on Sunday 10th June)
Contact person: Sean Casey
Direct line: 061 208 870

The National College of Art & Design (NCAD)
Event title: NCAD Graduate & Postgraduate Exhibitions 2012
Location: The exhibitions take place on the NCAD campus at 100 Thomas Street with Fine Art MA and MFA exhibiitions at SteamBox venue on School Street
Opening Date: Friday June 8th 6.00pm
Closing Date: Sunday June 17th
Times of opening: Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 2pm-5pm, Monday to Friday 10am-8pm

New Media Technology College
Event title:Student Showcase 2012
Date: Wednesday May 23rd 18.00 – 21.00

University College Cork (UCC), Cork Centre for Architectural Education
Event title: CCAE Vernissage 2012 – annual end of year exhibition of the BSc(Hons) Architecture students’ work and also for the first time an interim exhibition of the Master of Architecture students’ work
Location: Cork Centre for Architectural Education, 9/10 Copley Street, Cork
Date & Time: Friday June 1st 6pm – 9pm
Contact person: Gerry McCarthy
Direct line: +353 21 429 8401

University College Dublin (UCD)
Event title: The UCD School of Architecture end-of-year exhibition
Location: Richview Library, UCD, Clonskeagh Road, Dublin 14
Opening Date: Friday 25th May 6pm
Closing Date: The exhibition shall run for two weeks.
Event title:

University of Limerick
Event title: Design@UL
Location: Former Franciscan Church, Henry Street, Limerick City
Opening Date: Thursday May 24th 6.30pm Opening Night
Closing Date: Sunday June 3rd 4pm
Times of opening: Weekdays 11-5pm, Weekends 2-6pm
Additional information: Showcase of graduate project work from Product Design, Architecture, Digital & Interactive Media and Civil Engineering
Contact person: Muireann McMahon
Direct line: 061 213 580

University of Ulster
Event title: School of Art and Design End of Year Show 2012
Location: University of Ulster, York Street, Belfast, BT15 1ED
Opening Date: Saturday June 9th (Private View June 8th 6pm)
Closing Date: Saturday June 16th
Times of opening: 10.00-17.00 Mon-Sat, late night Thursday until 21.00
Additional information: No ticket required
Contact person: Debbie Fraser

Waterford Institute of Technology
Event title: Art & Design Show 2012
Location: College Street Campus (Good Shepherd)
Opening Date: Friday June 1st 7pm
Closing Date: Friday June 8th 4pm
Times of opening: 10am – 5pm
Institute will be closed on the bank holiday weekend including bank holiday Monday.
Additional information: The Show will be opened by Dr. Ruaidhrí Neavyn, President of Waterford Institute of Technology.
Contact person: Lorenzo Tonti
Direct line: 051 30 2274

Waterford Institute of Technology
Event title: Dept. of Architecture, Waterford Institute of Technology, End of year exhibition
Location: Dept. of Architecture, WIT, The Granary, Hanover Quay, Waterford
Opening Date: Friday June 1st 5pm
Closing Date: Friday June 8th 5pm
Times of opening: 9am – 5pm
Contact person: Máire Henry
Direct line: 087 272 5805

Fixing the Irish Creative, Design and Applied Arts Sector

[The following is an extract from the report “Dublin: World Design Capital – Is the Irish Creative, Design and Applied Arts Sector fit for purpose?”]

In order to identify and rectify the negative issues that have curtailed the development of a strong creative sector, some of which are outlined in this document, it is essential that a body is established that will act purposefully and swiftly to bring about positive change for the Creative Industry, will deliver advantages to the Irish Economy (particularly the Innovation/Smart Economy) and will create considerable benefits for Irish Society at large.

I believe that the future development of the Creative Industry in Ireland relies entirely on:

  • its ability to speak with a single, strong and authoritative voice,
  • its ability to achieve sufficient scale to be heard and to demand a response
  • developing the ability to create a strong network on the international stage and make international interaction a matter of routine – whether such interactions are information gathering-and-sharing activities; bidding for tender and contracts including those where a consortium of Irish Creative Companies/service providers is necessary; arranging ‘graduate internships swaps’ with overseas Creative Companies in order that we bring Graduates ‘up-tospeed’ with international standards and processes quickly; taking part in international juries and entering creative awards; participating in international events / workshops / seminars relating to Creative Industries – particularly on policy issues that will affect our industry (and wherever possible bring such events to Ireland)
  • the willingness and ability of members of the Irish Creative Industry to seek and achieve election to boards of International Bodies where the interests of the Irish Creative Community can be projected and protected
  • our willingness to work with the education sector to improve the standards achieved by Graduates and to improve their employment prospects by ensuring that the focus is on channelling education output towards Creative Industry areas where skilled professionals are needed (and the willingness of the Education Sector to interact openly with the ultimate employers of graduates from their institutions)
  • form partnerships / working arrangements with overseas Creative service providers in order to begin creating scale and swapping skills and know-how on international markets
  • get close to the Business Sector and take an active, central role in ‘delivering’ Innovation / building the Innovation Economy.

There are many examples of stronger, more open minded and more open-to-change creative industries overseas, that make a considerable input into Innovation, Economic Development and the creation of better living conditions and systems for their Societies than is the case here in Ireland.

It is essential that we, the Creative Industries, working together with the Business and Innovation Sector and the Culture & Arts Community begin the process of creating a rennaissence of the Creative Industries in Ireland. This cannot be achieved without financial input from the state. We must be relentless in our pursuit of this essential support.

Such financial support is currently available to the Arts Council, The Heritage Council, the Film board, Crafts Council, the Libraries Council, the National Cultural Institutions, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Culture Ireland and other bodies in Ireland and, of course, while it is the norm internationally with regard to support of the creative industries, the creative sector in Ireland is unsupported.

Dublin: World Design Capital -see page 39

The Small Print

The Small Print is an independent project with creativity at its core. The Small Print has grown into live events, art projects, publishing and much more besides.

Refresh Dublin (Internet & Technology, Multimedia – New Media)

Refresh Dublin is a community of designers & developers working to refresh the creative, technical & professional culture of New Media in Dublin. Refresh Dublin is an event that promotes design, technology, usability and standards. The intent of Refresh Dublin is to provide a cross-discipline insight into all things design, interactive, creative and technical, so that different disciplines can learn from each other. Refresh Dublin encourages collaboration, shared learning and networking within the design, interactive, web, film, gaming and creative communities in Dublin and around Ireland.

PechaKucha Night

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It now takes place in hundreds of cities around the world. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds (around seven minutes) per presenter. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace. The fifth PechaKucha Night Dublin took place on 1st April 2010.

IAF – The Irish Architecture Foundation

The Irish Architecture Foundation’s role is to be a vibrant and passionate organisation that excites its audiences about the value of architecture. It is a focal point for the many people and organisations who wish to champion the power of architecture and urban design. The Irish Architecture Foundation co-ordinates the promotion of Irish architecture internationally. IAF produces or supports architectural events that stimulate and empower the public, research the boundaries of architecture. IAF is impartial and independent and seeks to challenge the perceptions of the built environment through public debate, events, exhibitions and this website. Established in 2005, the IAF promotes a better built environment for everyone’s benefit.

Funded by: Arts Council of Ireland, Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DOEHLG), Dublin City Council, Office of Public Works (OPW), Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI)

Digital Media Forum

The aim of The Digital Media Forum is to unify the Digital Media industry by creating cross-platform content programmes with a focus on innovation and commercial enterprise and to continually build best practice through its initiatives in training and education, with particular emphasis on enterprises that can build and maintain scale and become global players in the Digital Media industry. The Digital Media Forum is an enterprise network that develops and administers enterprise resources for companies in the digital media industry. To date the Forum has successfully administered two Skillnets Network Training calls and has raised significant funding to develop its enterprise training network on an all-island basis. Our aspiration, over the next two years, is to develop a network of 200 companies in the Digital Media area on a national basis.

Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is the state agency responsible for the development of Irish companies. It provides a range of supports to meet client business needs and works with clients to help them use innovation and design as an integral part of business development.


InterTradeIreland is the only organisation which has been given responsibility by both Governments to boost North/South economic co-operation to the mutual benefit of Northern Ireland and Ireland. By encouraging better use of our collective resources we help to expedite trade and business growth across the island; create an environment to make it easier to do business and increase the competitiveness of individual companies and the two economies in the global marketplace. A Study of the Design Services Sector on the Island of Ireland – report produced by InterTradeIreland. February 2009.