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It's the year of design, and we are besides ourselves with excitement for what this year could bring. Besides informing us about creative industries, with family workshops and education strands, 2015 could well inspire a new generation of creatives, with the commencement of the year of design.

Alex Milton, programme director of ID2015, has stressed the importance of design to the economy - pointing out that the heavy hitting multinationals are increasingly design-led, and that in the UK, the creative industries generate £8 million an hour for the economy, which is not to be sniffed at.

From the well known sectors such as fashion and graphic design, to those lesser known, and far less often celebrated, such as industrial and textile design, all these strands will be promoted as crucial growth areas for our employment sector and economy in general. Take a look at their slick site, jot a few save-the-dates in your diary, and prepare to be impressed by the wealth of events, exhibitions, talks and workshops just waiting for you.

Who is gonna leave this one to the professionals, Kate or Michael

"Trying to capture an expression in the eyes..." - Jess Tobin
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January 22 2015


where
The Coach House, Dublin Castle


when
Until 17 March

how much
Free

exhibition
In the Making

An international exhibition, curated by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, this doesn't just look at design - rather, it looks at deconstructing detail, ruining the shiny finish to get to the stuffing, and inverting material realities. A gemini exhibition, with two distinct halves making a whole, you first experience mutilated everyday objects in new, twisted forms, which are inspired as much by the manufacture of those objects as they are by creating interesting aesthetic forms. The exhibition may have originated in London, but it's been tweaked for its Irish audience with the inclusion of a currach, although Barber Osgerby represent themselves brilliantly with a stuffing-only example of their Knoll sofa. Step into the next room, and see the finished, untampered with objects in a beautifully designed learning and thinking space, and even create your own guide to the exhibition. / Kate Coleman

 

January 22 2015


where
MART, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6


when
Until January 31st

how much
Free

exhibition
Half

The MART in Rathmines is hosting a large group exhibition by an exciting group of young artists. The exhibition Half features nineteen young artists displaying work across a broad range of mediums exploring a number of different themes. The old fire station is currently decked out with an amazing collection of work that ranges from large scale prints to industrial free form and wall mounted sculptures and back again to some intricate bronze and metal works. The space has been completely taken over and transformed by the young group and there will also be at least one live performance on the opening night and a number of different interactive elements for gallery visitors to engage with. With blurred oil terrace-scapes, minimalist, worn installations, and dustily psychedelic prints for your delectation, this crew doesn't do things by halves. / Ruadhri Kelly

   
 

January 22 2015


where
The Nag Gallery , Basement, 59 Francis Street (The Cross Gallery/Café) Dublin 8


when
Until 31st January

how much
Free

exhibition
Roseanne Lynch & Davide Grouppi

Excellent curation by Mark St John Ellis makes the tiny, windowless basement gallery seem full of light and depth. On the walls, Rosanne Lynch’s delicate and sleek series of black and white photographs and photograms, created using temporary structures placed on light sensitive paper for around “12 Mississippies.” These are complemented by Davide Grouppi’s clean, modern light fixtures. There are big “Edison” bulbs, sort of like little glass suns (which are extremely cheering when it is 3 degrees outside) as well as cubic structures that echo Roseanne Lynch’s architectural style. The show is a seamless mix and consideration of function, design and art. / Olivia Rutter

 

January 22 2015


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

theatre
The Theatre Machine Turns You On

The Theatre Machine Turns You On is one of those rare moments of beauty where the brilliant title pales in comparison to the event itself. Inspired by 1968’s game-changing sampler album, The Rock Machine Turns You On, our home-grown theatre version promises the same: a collective of interesting, nuanced, sometimes-nascent theatre pieces, all ingested in bite-size form. The verdict is: proven and tasty. If you’re interested in seeing what’s in store for the boards around town this year, or you fancy spending a night at theatre’s take on speed-dating, then don’t miss the latest offering. Friday’s schedule includes dance theatre, stand-up-comedy-as-drama, an Irish anti-hero's tale, and the question of love and the machine. All in two hours. Every night varied, every night awesome. / Alison Treacy

   
 

January 23 2015


where
Block T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square
Location Map

when
6:30pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Beginning and the End of the World

This exhibition is part of The Apprentice/Master project, which matches graduating fine art students around Europe to renowned contemporary artists who connect with the work of the apprentices. Philip Napier worked with his apprentices, Joost Elschot, Maurice Gobert, Rudolf Samokejl both in Dublin and the South West of Ireland to create the mixed media show, considering the start and the end of the world, the snake eating its own tail. It’s a mixture of sculpture, including mossy rocks (that look they may have actually been taken/stolen from wherever they visited), then vertical, scenic photographs that make you unsure which way is up and which way is down, and wavy, monochromatic drawings (including a party-hat-wearing-ample-bosomed skeleton). It’s a bit disconcerting and whimsical, which is I guess what you’d hope for in the apocalypse. / Olivia Rutter

 

January 23 2015


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
10:30pm

how much
€15

gig
The Bug & Flowdan

Like anyone who read Wiley's tweets from Glastonbury two years ago, it's hard not to think Grime has missed the boat. A thrilling evolution from garage, Grime was another step and another addition to the pantheon of vital music coming out of the UK. Unfortunately, Grime for better or worse never seemed to get it's act together, always simmering beneath the surface, pulled down by infighting and petty media spats Flowdan however seems to rise above all this. Pairing Hyperdub veteran The Bug, Flowdan is free to push MC'ing to new heights. The Bug while providing the anchor for Flowdan’s vocal efforts is no less impressive. Tight and foreboding, the tracks are above all else exciting. Marrying Grime and Dubstep might seem like an obvious choice but listening to Skeng it’s like stumbling upon a Coki record all over again. / Jack Broughan

 

January 23 2015


where
Unitarian Church, St Stephen's Green West, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€17.50 online, €22 door

gig
Lubomyr Melnyk

Homebeat is making me very, very happy all over. First off, they have booked Lubomyr Melnyk, who may just be the Yoda of playing piano. He can play 19.5 notes per second, per hand, a talent which he uses to create an interlocking wall of sound, basically the musical equivalent of giving your ears a hug made out of a lovely, warm, rain shower. Then they have Pearse McGloughlin and Justin Grounds, who have teamed up to create Idiot Songs. The duo found each other because of a shared love for Dostoyevsky, and somehow translated that in to stirring, mystical, violin madness. This extrasensory songfest is all tucked away within the cozy confines of the UU church, whose acoustics never fail to impress. Never wanted to spend my Friday night in a church so badly. / Olivia Rutter

   
 

January 24 2015


where
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Sq W & Clare St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until 12 April

how much
Free

exhibition
Lines of Vision

It's funny how seeing things from a different viewpoint is akin to looking at it with fresh eyes. The Lines of Vision exhibition in the National Gallery lets Irish writers take a wander through the permanent collection, selecting works that inspire them. So well-known pieces from Caravaggio and Rembrandt sit alongside indigenous greats such as Yeats and Leech. I've also learned Ireland hosts a plethora of poets. They must be falling out of the trees such was their level of representation. The notion posited by participating poet Paula Meehan that a poem and a painting occupy a similar space is a thread that runs through the whole collection, as does John Montague's notion that writers have something to envy in the vivid physicality on the painters' medium. It certainly is a collection where that breaths new life into the familiar. / Kate McEvoy

 

January 24 2015


where
Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Chancery Lane, Dublin 8
Location Map

when
Until 6 February

how much
Free

exhibition
Wild Cries of Haha

Richard Proffitt brings a haunted Woodstock vibe to his work, installing pieces that feel psychedelic and somewhat eerie. This exhibition boasts a centre-piece that resembles an abandoned campsite of a 1960s cult - a lighter lies abandoned, a fire-circle is dotted with bald, skeletal animal remains, and a soundscape plays upon the isolated mess, like it's calling you to prayer in a distant place. Opposite, primal etchings scatter the walls, while adjacent, deconstructed dream-catchers nod to the occult, and the tribal. Mysticism is a core theme here - aesthetics of Native American tradition collide with the weird sense that you should leave here, go home, sit cross-legged on your carpet and hare-krishna yourself to freedom. / Kate Coleman

 

January 24 2015


where
Tower Records, Wicklow St, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
2pm

how much
Free

gig
Jape @ Tower Records

Ever googled a video of a man who unwittingly drops some acid before a job interview? No? You should. In the week that critically acclaimed band Jape release their long-awaited fifth album This Chemical Sea they also dropped a brilliant, beautiful video for the track Seance of Light featuring said acid taking. But did we expect anything less from Jape’s return? Even better news is that they return in person this week to Dublin after spending the last while out in Sweden writing the album. Collaborators include Conor O’Brien of Villagers and producer David Wrench (FKA Twigs, Caribou & Jungle), so get down to Tower Records for an intimate listen, and ideally complement with their disco-spinning later that night at Mother. / Ali Dunworth

   
 

January 25 2015


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
Beyond Clueless

The glut of teen movies that sprung from John Hughes' late eighties run of brat pack successes - Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, all gave us an appetite for American teen freedom - watching kids of 15 drive cars, deceive their parents, go to keg parties - it was a long way from the No Name! Disco, sharing a naggin between 8, and sniggering at the sole, daring couple shifting on the makeshift dancefloor in the parish hall. This doc looks at the heyday of the 90s high school film - inspired by Hughes, but brought into a Wolfgang Puck-eating world of its own by Heckerling & co., the genre was at once intellectualised, with high school renditions of Shakespeare and Austen, and finally spoofed, until the noughties gave way to post-modern realism, with Mean Girls - satire dressed up in a jock jacket. Expect nostalgia for your school days that never were.../ Kate Coleman

   
 

January 26 2015


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
See See HERE

how much
See See HERE

cinema
Whiplash

Andrew (Miles Teller) is a promising jazz drummer. At the eminent Shaffer Conservatory, he meets his mentor, and soon to be nemesis, in the form of Fletcher, the school's most feared instructor. As embodied by the great J.K. Simmons, Fletcher's all black wardrobe and ascetic demeanour suggest a monk, or perhaps an executioner. At calm he exudes a shark-like menace, but in his regular explosions of cymbal-flinging rage he becomes a demonic drill sergeant, spitting out invective that would make R. Lee Ermey blush. Refreshingly void of Hollywood cliche (a romantic subplot is discarded in casually brutal fashion) Whiplash sends this obsessive pair on a collision course which ends in an exhilarating, blood and sweat soaked concert sequence that will leave you slack-jawed and shell-shocked, the cheers catching in your throat. / Conor McDevitt

 

January 27 2015


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
Birdman

If you're of an intrinsically anxious disposition, it's quite likely that Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) was not the two-hour break from life at the cinema that you were hoping for. Scattering drums create this viciously intense, sweaty-palmed atmosphere, following you like a black-clad figure at twenty paces behind you. The filmography, with it's swooshing tracking shots, makes you feel like you're standing on an underground platform, and the train rumbles in approach before speeding past, and making the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. This tale of shambolic bad luck, faded celebrity and selfishness is beautifully acted by the entire cast, whilst the sense of mental breakdown is expertly tread upon - the personal experience and bystander's experience clearly delineated. Birdman is a film that flies close to the sun, but somehow escapes with its wings intact. / Kate Coleman

   
 

January 28 2015


where
National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
1:05pm

how much
Free

talk
Yeats 2015: The Poet and the Library

The poetic voice of WB Yeats is one that, love him or loathe him, constantly dips in and out of your memories of school. I will never forget The Stolen Child, learned off by heart in fourth class, the unfamiliar word pairings catching out my tongue as I said it aloud. Yeats further has the distinction of remaining a favoured poet, despite studying him for the Leaving. The opening line of the searing September 1913 – What need you being come to sense but fumble in a greasy till… - remains one of the most damning, cutting lines in literature that I’ve ever come across. On 28 January, Katherine McSharry, Head of Services at the National Library of Ireland, will give a lunchtime talk on Yeats and the NLI. Whether new to WB, or toting your well-worn copy of The Wanderings of Oisín, you’ll likely learn something and remember yet more. / Alison Treacy

 

January 28 2015


where
Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin 2.

when
1pm

how much
Free HERE

talk
First Up: Mary Nally

It takes a vision to be a creative entrepreneur. But it takes much more besides. Trinity's intriguing series of free talks, in association with their current masters course in this discipline, offers insights from those who have trusted their hunch, taken a chance and for created something we are proud of. Mary Nally started 2013 reassuring herself why it was worth sticking with this island after working on the unique creation of the Drop Everything festival on Inis Oirr. She reinforced this in 2014 with an utterly magical and memorable offering. Mary has since worked on Cantina, a food pop-up in Galway, and no doubt has other splendorous plans afoot. I'm sure she'll also be the first to say it's not easy to be creative but it takes oodles of spirit, boundless enthusiasm and the encouragement of friends and mentors. Beef up your lunch break with some free inspiration. / Zach Joyce

   
 
Tom Walsh - Elated

Stand and deliver - we caught up with comic and performer Tom Walsh ahead of his show, Elated, which takes place as part of The Theatre Machine Turns You On 4. 

I'm interested in the overlap between psychosis and standup. From my experience, both can be about being the centre of attention, feeling all powerful, in a state above the normal. This show plays with that overlap. A big departure from my usual standup, it will have some honesty to it.

The desire to try standup was strong enough not to care how it went. The first gig I did was in Ha'penny Inn. It was completely unconfessional, just had a list of jokes on a page that I used onstage. I was fairly nervous beforehand but once I got a couple of laughs, felt the power, I was hooked.

I'm inspired by all comedians, theatre makers, live performers, sketch makers, filmmakers, writers, artists, musicians. Anyone or anything that can make you laugh or think of things in a new way. There's a lot of varied styles and genres of work by interesting people. I'm looking forward to seeing as many shows as possible.

Elated (The Jam Sessions), 22nd Jan, 6:30pm, Project Arts Centre. Location with thanks to Project Arts.  PHOTO: Al Higgins 




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