Saturday, 8 December 2012

Here's the Heads Up #14

Poster by Chris Judge for Damn Fine Dublin

Lots to see and do design-wise in Dublin at the moment. No time cos you still have your Christmas shopping to do? Well amid the selection below you'll find some Christmas markets and pop-ups, where there are plenty of stocking fillers to be found.

Friday 14 - Sunday 16 December
Damn Fine Dublin exhibition, Block T, Smithfield, Dublin 7
A group of entrepid Dublin creatives have taken it upon themselves to set up a screen-printing studio in Block T called Damn Fine Print as a facility people can create work in, have work printed for them, take classes and more. They launched the initiative last Thursday with an exhibition called Damn Fine Dublin and got a tremendous response: 30 posters in editions of 30 selling for €30 each to fund the project were exhibited in Block T and MANY of them have sold already. If you weren't there, take a look at the exhibition next weekend, and remaining prints will be on sale online once the  Damn Fine Print team have finished a stock count :)

Friday 14 - Sunday 16 December
Christmas Flea & Block T Christmas Cracker 2012, Block B, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Last year saw the first edition of this monster flea market in Smithfield organised by the Dublin Flea Market and Block T, and it was well worth a visit. This year will be no different, with over 120 stalls selling great artwork, design projects, food, fun and frivolity. You can even pick up a copy of TILEWATCH there, if you're that way inclined!

Christmas Cracker 2012 poster by Kathi Burke

Until 21 December:
Print Block @ The Culture Box, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Print Block is a Dublin-based collective of designers and artists who work primarily with printed textiles. They're popping up in the Culture Box with a range of tshirts, scarves, napkins, teatowels and more.

Printed textiles by Paget Scott-McCarthy, part of Print Block

Until 22 December:
Irish Design Winter Showcase, The Little Museum of Dublin, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2
Designist have teamed up with the Little Museum to present a range of great Irish design products for sale in the lead up to Christmas. Highlights include Berlin-based Atheist Shoes, the shoes that prove that atheists have soles too (see what they did there?!)

Until 24 December:
Makers & Brothers Christmas Opening, The Shed, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
I haven't been yet to vouch for this, but Makers & Brothers reckon their shed in Blackrock is too lovely to keep closed, so they're opening it for the whole run-up to Christmas. If you make your way out there, best consult the map on their site before you go. A great opportunity to see some of their wonderful stock in the flesh, and up on it.

Until 11 January:
Archizines, NCAD Gallery, Dublin 8
The latest great exhibition presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation (which you can read more about here) runs until 11 January, but be warned: the gallery is closed from 22 December until 7 January. Also keep an eye out for the Archizines competition (deadline 7 January at 12noon) running in conjunction with the show.