Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Design, Exhibitions and Irish Identity #3: Now and Next

Vernacular at London Design Festival 2013, image by Sophie Mutevelian

Here is the third and final part of my series of posts on how Irish design and exhibitions have presented Irish identity, with Parts #1 and #2 available for you to read back on. This final part looks at recent and current international exhibitions of Irish design to see how they continue in a particular tradition of... well... tradition. Read on!

Friday, 3 July 2015

Design, Exhibitions and Irish Identity #2: 19th and 20th Centuries

Illustrations of the Irish Exhibition at London's Olympia, 1883

Welcome to Part #2 of my look at how Irish identity has been explored, constructed and presented through design and exhibitions. This part looks at some key exhibitions and presentations in the 19th and 20th centuries, contrasting the different ways that design and manufactures were presented at home and abroad, and exploring the struggle between presenting tradition and rurality and presenting progress and modernity. Read back on Part #1, while Part #3, looking at Irish design exhibitions now and next, will be posted next week, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Design, Exhibitions and Irish Identity #1: Designing Irish Identity

The Irish Pavilion ('Shamrock Building') by Michael Scott for the New York World's Fair, 1939

I've just handed in two more essays for my masters, one of which took a whirlwind trip through the history of Irish international design exhibitions. I really enjoyed researching and writing this one, so thought I would share it with you. As it goes on for ages (by blog standards, not academic ones), I've split it into three parts. Here is Part #1, which introduces and explores the role design has played in the construction of Irish identity, particularly the identity of Ireland as a fledgling nation. Part #2 will look at how Irish identity was presented in key international exhibitions and displays in the 19th and 20th centuries and will be posted later this week. Finally, Part #3 will take a look at recent and current international exhibitions of Irish design to see how certain identities are being represented even now. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Here's the Heads Up: LFA Edition



The London Festival of Architecture returns for the month of June, exploring the theme 'Work in Progress'. I've already been making my way to a few events, exhibitions and parties, and here are my picks for the remainder of the festival. Enjoy!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Irish Degree Shows 2015



Here it is, your guide to Ireland's art, design, fashion and architecture degree shows in 2015! More than 20 shows across the country, north and south of the border, are listed below with more to come as I find them. They are listed by county (kicking off with Dublin, as it's the one with the most shows and the biggest audience) and wherever a county has more than one show, they're listed by date so you can see what you need to get to first. You can start planning your summer now...