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JUNE 26—JULY 3

GMIT Letterfrack
Connemara
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Oupas! PT (Virtual)

The Salvage PressIRL

Or StudioIRL

UnthinkIRL

Design FactoryIRL

ARCHITECTURE AT THE EDGEIRL

Our hosts

Experience design on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Design West is an international summer design school located in the beautiful village of Letterfrack in Connemara, on the West Coast of Ireland. For one week this summer, from June 26th to July 3rd, 2021, participants will get the opportunity to work with leading Irish designers from renowned studios. Unplugging from our hectic everyday working lives—commuting, cell phones, deadlines, media saturation—participants will immerse themselves in the wild and rugged Connemara landscape and use it both as a mode of research and as a source of inspiration.

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Summer is a time for exploration and discovery, for meeting new people and taking on new challenges. It is also a time to get away from the grind of ‘the everyday’ and to reflect upon one’s role and purpose as a designer. Design West offers the perfect environment for studying design in a non-urban environment—away from the noise of the city and the pressures of deadlines. Students will participate in a one-week programme of discovery, learning, reflection, adventure and making.

The course will take place at the GMIT campus in Letterfrack which boasts CAD, CNC technology, laser equipment, robotics and digital, manufacturing all ideal for the realisation of 2D and 3D design expressions. The campus has excellent Wi-Fi connectivity. In the rural setting beyond the campus, connectivity is weaker, an opportunity for students at Design West to ‘unplug’ from the busy world of design and gain new perspectives.

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Programme

Design West is back! Our Summer School will take place from June 26 – July 3, 2021.

The programme facilitates both individual and collaborative approaches to the making of 2D and 3D design expressions, including visual communication, installations, abstract and environmental design.

We are looking for participants to engage with the local environment through observational studies (walking as research), the study of found objects, interactions between communities, landscape, and nature. We are giving participants the opportunity to explore new ideas through research and making in a unique environment. The programme will be led by a cross-disciplinary group of international tutors and professional technicians.

Design West at GMIT Letterfrack is a catalyst to recharge your creativity by providing a unique facility, location, and experience outside your normal working environment.

We are delighted to welcome Architecture at the Edge as our summer school partners for 2021.

The #architecturesummerschool will run in parallel with the Design West programme which we expect will lead to some interesting interdisciplinary propositions!

For further information check out https://www.architectureattheedge.com/

Deadline for applications is May 28.

People

Cidália, Joana & SofiaPT (Virtual)

Oupas!

Cidália, Joana & Sofia profile
Cidália, Joana & Sofia work

Based in the heart of Porto since 2010, Oupas! is a design studio and a team of three northern girls obsessed with cats: Cidália, Joana and Sofia. They met at college while studying graphic design, but soon they found their mutual passion: building handcrafted objects. Their materials of choice are paper and cardboard, both so versatile, easy to handle and an ecological choice! From little objects to stage and event design, or even a real sized cardboard city… they can make it all happen! Oupas! is a traditional Portuguese expression which translates to “let’s go!” or “let’s do it!”, and that’s the motto of this team.

Jamie MurphyIRL

The Salvage Press

Jamie Murphy profile
Jamie Murphy work

The Salvage Press is the imprint of artist & designer Jamie Murphy. Graduating with an honours degree in The History of Art & Design and Visual Communication (NCAD, 2006), he spent several years working on his own and with the design studios of others before completing his MA in Design (NCAD, 2012). He then worked with Justin Knopp at the newly established letterpress workshop, Typoretum in the UK. Returning to Ireland he worked as an understudy to master printer Seán Sills in Distillers Press at NCAD Dublin. He began as Designer in Residence there in 2013 before being appointed Printer in 2015. His focus with students is on typographic research and experimentation. Through collaboration, The Salvage Press works with creatives from many disciplines producing projects which are mainly of Irish interest. Jamie’s award-winning books reside in private, public, and institutional collections across the globe.

www.thesalvagepress.com

Kate & JoIRL

Or Studio

Kate & Jo profile
Kate & Jo work

Or Studio is an award-winning design and risograph print studio based in Dublin. With a hands-on and playful approach to design, Kate and Jo established Or Studio as a space to experiment with process or collaborate or run workshops or discover the possibilities of design in the context of risograph printing. As well as taking on graphic design work, Or Studio also offers a range of risograph print workshops and consider the act of sharing an integral part of their practice.

C0lin & NoelleIRL

Unthink

C0lin & Noelle profile
C0lin & Noelle work

Unthink is a design studio, who are inquisitive, open minded, and approach every new project with a deep curiosity, free from any preconceived ideas. This process allows them to create unique and effective design outputs.

As visual communicators they tend to create two dimensional outcomes, however largely due to their collaborations with architects and other disciplines, they’ve grown to greatly respect the role of volume and materials in bringing projects to life. Many of their most enjoyable and fruitful projects have been at the intersection of architecture and design.

unthink.ie

Conor ClarkeIRL

Design Factory

Conor Clarke profile
Conor Clarke work

Course Leader, Conor Clarke is a Director of Design Factory, an award-winning design studio based in Dublin. He has served as a board member of the Institute of Creative Advertising and Design, and the Institute of Designers in Ireland. His work has featured in international publications such as Who’s Who in Graphic Design, Graphis, Novum Gebrauchsgrafik, and the New York Art Directors Club Annual. He was the recipient of the Catherine Donnelly Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to design in Ireland, at the 2019 ICAD Awards.

designfactory.ie

FRANK, PETER, JANE & SEÁNIRL

ARCHITECTURE AT THE EDGE

FRANK, PETER, JANE & SEÁN profile
FRANK, PETER, JANE & SEÁN work

Design West is excited to be collaborating with Architecture at the Edge for the 2021 Summer School at GMIT Letterfrack. The architecture summer school will run in parallel with the Design West programme which we expect will lead to some interesting cross-disciplinary results! Architecture at the Edge is a Galway-based not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of architecture as culture. Its mission is to promote excellence in the built environment and to advocate for responsible architecture. AATE facilitates critical thinking, the culture of making, and the application of sustainable methods in the built environment. It uses its main platform, the Architecture at the Edge Festival, to organise and deliver research/design-led programmes at both public and private venues, and uses learning, events, live projects, and exhibitions to engage with the community.

architectureattheedge.com

 

Frank Monahan AATE
Frank is a cultural producer and arts educator based in Galway. His professional practice includes the design of buildings & set design. With a long term interest in the critical potential of design, he established ‘Architecture at the Edge’ in 2017, for which he has since been curator of its artistic programme. His independent curatorial portfolio includes projects for the Galway International Arts Festival, the London Festival of Architecture, and in partnership with award-winning grassroots architecture education organisation, MATT+FIONA.

 

Peter Carroll A2 Architects
Peter Carroll (b. Limerick City 1971) graduated from UCD in 1995. Upon graduating Peter worked with O’Donnell + Tuomey in Dublin for 7 years and with Rafael Moneo in Madrid for 3 years before establishing A2 Architects in 2005 where he is Director. A2 Architects represented Ireland at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale in 2007, the Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2015 and exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018. A2 Architects have won multiple RIAI and AAI awards and were nominated for the EU Mies Award in 2015 (Pulp Press, Kistefos, Norway) in 2017 (Folding House, Cork City) and in 2022 (House at Sky Road, Clifden, Co. Galway).  Peter is also Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture University of Limerick.

www.a2.ie

 

Jane Larmour
Jane Larmour is an Architect, Director and co-founder of ALWA (Arigho Larmour Wheeler Architects) a cross border Irish practice with studios in Dublin and Belfast. Recently awarded second place in the international competition for Ireland House, The Irish Embassy, Tokyo, ALWA are involved in a range of projects across Ireland and the UK for private domestic and commercial clients.  Jane is the current regionally elected RIBA Council Member for Northern Ireland. She is an active member of the RSUA Council and was an invited RIBA Regional Jury Member in 2017. Jane holds First Class honours degrees in Architecture from Queen’s University Belfast and University College Dublin and was awarded the two highest student awards in Ireland – the RSUA President’s Medal (undergraduate) and the RIAI President’s Medal (post-graduate) and RIAI Travelling Scholarship. Jane is the RIAI Future Award Winner 2020

www.alwarchitects.com

 

Seán Harrington
Seán Harrington is the principal of Seán Harrington Architects, a design-based collaborative practice based in Dublin, and working all over Ireland. All work is informed by the interrelated strands of environmental, social and economic sustainability, and is frequently founded on extensive community consultation. Recent projects include low-energy, community-focussed social housing projects in both rural and urban neighbourhoods, a new transport hub in Waterford city, new pedestrian and cycling bridges, including in Galway City, Athlone and Dublin, the retractable rainscreen roof in Meeting House Square in Dublin, and a community outdoor amphitheatre in Granby Park, Dublin. Current projects include several community-based rural tourism projects.

 

 

 

Paul & Susan

Our hosts

Paul & Susan profile

Paul Leamy
Paul is Head of Centre at the National Centre for Excellence in Furniture Design and Technology. GMIT’s campus in Letterfrack has been synonymous with the evolution of design and technology education related to furniture and wood products over the past 30 years. Paul’s role as Head of Centre involves managing the day-to-day operations of the campus and leading the development of programmes and research.

Paul holds a Higher Certificate in Furniture Design and Making, a Bachelor of Science in Furniture Technology as well as Master of Science by Research from GMIT. Paul has been a practising designer and maker of all things furniture related for over 20 years. He has exhibited at numerous shows and has won a number of awards and accolades for his work.

Susan Rogers
Susan is a Lecturer at GMIT Letterfrack where she teaches Design History, Design Communication and Design. Susan is currently teaching on the graphic design programme at the GMIT Centre for Creative Arts and Media (CCAM) in Galway. Before joining GMIT Letterfrack she spent many years teaching the history and theory of visual communication at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT). She studied Visual Communication at NCAD, before completing a Masters degree in Design Education also at NCAD. She holds a D.Phil in information design theory from the University of Ulster.

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We welcome graduate students and professionals based in Ireland. Sadly we can’t offer places to international participants this year due to quarantine requirements and international travel restrictions. We look forward to opening up the course internationally again in 2022. We value cultural diversity as well as the diverse talent and perspective each participant will bring. The programme will be conducted in English and collaboration across the following disciplines will be encouraged: typography (2D and 3D), graphic design, image-making, the writing and the making of books and journals.

This course will be delivered by GMIT Letterfrack and is aimed at Masters level study – Level 9 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications www.nfq-qqi.com. Included in the assessment strategy will be the submission of a portfolio, precedent research and reflective writing on learning experiences.

A portfolio is required for application.
There is a maximum of 15 places available and the course will not go ahead unless this number is reached. It is important for us to see examples of your work to help us make our final selection. In the application form please provide a link to your website or a pdf of your work which we can review. The course will conclude with an exhibition of works completed by participants over the one-week programme.

The course fee for 2021 is 980 Euro.
The fee includes accommodation (individual room, shared living space, kitchen, bathroom), tuition, lectures, walking tours and workshop supervision. It does not include travel to and from the course or daily meals, however, participants will be invited to an opening and closing ceremony meal. Students should bring their own laptop and organise their own travel insurance. Due to covid-19 regulations, students and participants will have to show evidence of a negative covid test. Social distancing and the wearing of masks will be required in indoor spaces such as the studios and workshops at the GMIT Letterfrack campus.

Deadline for applications is May 28.

For further information and applications please contact conor@designfactory.ie

 

 

Curriculum
One-to-one and group instruction with leading Irish and international designers from the worlds of graphic design, architecture, product and furniture design.

Accommodation
Student apartments are situated near the college campus. These are of excellent quality and each participant will have their own room with shared living room and bathroom, 3 students per apartment. Fully equipped kitchen which includes a fridge, stove and microwave oven. The residence is two minutes walk from the college campus.

Food
The Course Fee does not include daily meals, except for the opening and closing dinners. However, the college campus is situated in the village of Letterfrack in Connemara, Co. Galway, an area full of restaurants and bars offering lunches and evening meals.

Location
GMIT Letterfrack campus is the National Centre of Excellence for Furniture Design and Wood Technology and is in a beautiful setting at the entrance to Connemara National Park on the Wild Atlantic Way. It has been synonymous with the study of design since 1987 and has excellent workshops and facilities for all activities required at the Design West Summer School for 2020.

What To Bring
Evidence of negative covid test
Face mask(s)
Laptop (MacBook Pro or PC equivalent)
Basic art materials
Camera and/or Smart Phone
Waterproof jacket and pants (moderate and hard hikes)
Hiking boots (preferably waterproof)
Hiking socks
Wooly Hat and/or Sun Hat
Swimming togs
Bathing Towels (not supplied at accommodation)
Sunscreen and sunglasses
Rucksack of around 25-30 litres capacity
Walking poles (optional)

For further information contact conor@designfactory.ie

Links
The Connemara Loop
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYknm0UkEdU
Love Connemara videos
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LagOCTsjvSs
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij-7u6rMSEE
Maumturk Mountains and the Twelve Bens | A drone in Connemara
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kIiu8gbL7Q
Wild Atlantic Way
www.wildatlanticway.com/home

State of the art facilities and equipment
The external campus buildings were designed by the internationally acclaimed O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects, renowned for their work on other educational institutions such as the Saw Swee Hock student centre at the London School of Economics (2009). The ‘old building’ dates from the nineteenth century and has recently been restored and refurbished following conservation standards. GMIT Letterfrack works proactively to limit the impact of its operations on the environment and to nurture principles of sustainability within its teaching and learning.

The GMIT machine halls and bench rooms are fully equipped and include CNC and laser technology, as well as robotics. The laboratories and workrooms are designed as highly efficient environments. There are two fully equipped computer laboratories and WiFi throughout the campus.

 

 

Curriculum
One-to-one and group instruction with leading Irish and international designers from the worlds of graphic design, architecture, product and furniture design.

  • Juried reviews and guest lectures with noted international and local designers.
  • Workshop: Students explore diverse modes of 2D and 3D techniques through a variety of digital tools. Students are exposed to diverse design methodologies while experimenting with and exploring the properties of different materials. Supervised access to the GMIT 3D workshops with CAD, CNC technology, laser equipment, robotics and digital manufacturing for the realisation of 2D and 3D design expressions.
  • Exploring Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way: Every afternoon guided walking tours and research trips will connect students with Connemara’s extraordinary landscape— Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey, Killary Fjord, Inishturk Island, Renvyle and Clifden.
  • Portfolio Development: Focused workshops with leading Irish and international designers for the making of 2D and 3D design expressions, including visual communication, architecture, installations, abstract and environmental design. GMIT technicians will also be available to assist students with the making of 3-dimensional design expressions using contemporary furniture manufacturing technologies.
  • Crits and Pin-Ups: Students engage in ‘desk crits’ with faculty and ‘pin-up’ reviews with their studio group. At the end of the programme, students produce a public group exhibition.

Accommodation
Student apartments are situated near the college campus. These are of excellent quality and each participant will have their own room with shared living room and bathroom, 3 students per apartment. Fully equipped kitchen which includes a fridge, stove and microwave oven. The residence is two minutes walk from the college campus.

Food
The Course Fee does not include daily meals, except for the opening and closing dinners. However, the college campus is situated in the village of Letterfrack in Connemara, Co. Galway, an area full of restaurants and bars offering lunches and evening meals.

Location
GMIT Letterfrack campus is the National Centre of Excellence for Furniture Design and Wood Technology and is in a beautiful setting at the entrance to Connemara National Park on the Wild Atlantic Way. It has been synonymous with the study of design since 1987 and has excellent workshops and facilities for all activities required at the Design West Summer School for 2020.

What To Bring
Evidence of negative covid test
Face mask(s)
Laptop (MacBook Pro or PC equivalent)
Basic art materials
Camera and/or Smart Phone
Waterproof jacket and pants (moderate and hard hikes)
Hiking boots (preferably waterproof)
Hiking socks
Wooly Hat and/or Sun Hat
Swimming togs
Bathing Towels (not supplied at accommodation)
Sunscreen and sunglasses
Rucksack of around 25-30 litres capacity
Walking poles (optional)

For further information contact conor@designfactory.ie

Links
The Connemara Loop
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYknm0UkEdU
Love Connemara videos
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LagOCTsjvSs
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij-7u6rMSEE
Maumturk Mountains and the Twelve Bens | A drone in Connemara
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kIiu8gbL7Q
Wild Atlantic Way
www.wildatlanticway.com/home

State of the art facilities and equipment
The external campus buildings were designed by the internationally acclaimed O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects, renowned for their work on other educational institutions such as the Saw Swee Hock student centre at the London School of Economics (2009). The ‘old building’ dates from the nineteenth century and has recently been restored and refurbished following conservation standards. GMIT Letterfrack works proactively to limit the impact of its operations on the environment and to nurture principles of sustainability within its teaching and learning.

The GMIT machine halls and bench rooms are fully equipped and include CNC and laser technology, as well as robotics. The laboratories and workrooms are designed as highly efficient environments. There are two fully equipped computer laboratories and WiFi throughout the campus.