OFFSITE 2016 | Workshops, Talks, Exhibitions, Tours, Music

April brings us OFFSET, a three day creative conference held annually in Dublin’s Bord Gáis. With that, brings OFFSITE, a fringe festival of events all around Dublin.

Every year, the best of Irish and International creative professionals come together for a weekend of presentations, lectures, interviews and discussions. From graphic design to illustration, fashion to photography, OFFSET has you covered. A highlight on the Visual Arts Calendar, OFFSET 2016 is not to be missed.

Since 2010, The Bord Gáís Energy Theatre has been more than just our venue, but also our home. Designed by acclaimed architect, Daniel Libeskind, the striking architecture and scale of the building matches our vision and ambition for OFFSET.

Located in the Grand Canal Docks it is situated at the heart of the rejuvenated docklands area and has become a key part of the cultural landscape since it opened its doors six years ago.

With over 2,500 attendees each year, Offset has fast become one of the world’s most inspirational, educational and vocational conferences for the design and creative industries. Since 2009, from our Dublin base, we have attracted such creative icons as Massimo Vignelli, Sir Peter Blake, Paula Scher, David Carson, Milton Glaser, Kyle Cooper, Stefan Sagmeister, Micheal Bierut, Shepard Fairey, Tomi Ungerer, JR, Lance Wyman, George Lois and Louise Fili to grace our wonderful stages.

Representing industry at all levels, our speakers are key disruptors and influencers in their field driving everything from huge global campaigns to awe inspiring personal projects.

OFFSITE Launch | 30 March

The OFFSITE Launch is the first OFFSET event of 2016 at one of Dublin’s hidden gems, The Open Gate Brewery.

The Open Gate Brewery is the home of experimentation and innovation at St James’s Gate, where Guinness brewers are given license to explore new recipes, reinterpret old ones and experiment freely to bring exciting new beers to life.

At this closed event, the evening will see some of Ireland’s most creative makers, innovators and educators come together to kick off OFFSITE, our first design festival as part of OFFSET Dublin 2016.

Beer and bites will be served.

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Bus Shelter Exhibition | 30th March – 10 April

Bus Stops is a mini-exhibition that is a celebration of creativity and OFFSET in collaboration with a host of our favourite studios, illustrators and creatives.
The mini exhibition, entitled ‘Bus Stops’, features ten works from creatives includingJames Earley, Aoife Dooley, Unthink and Zero-G, and will be displayed at bus stops along the various routes to OFFSET.

Bus Stops:

Rathmines Road Lower Dublin 8
Harrington Street Dublin 1
Eden Quay Dublin 2
Mount Street Lower Dublin 4
Manor Street Dublin 7
Leeson Street Upper Dublin 4
Ringsend Road Dublin 2
Earlsfort Terrace Dublin
South Circular Road

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Design Window Installations | 30th March – 10th April

Follow the OFFSITE design map around the city and you are sure to come across an array of shop windows, which have been transformed into experimental and innovative installations. OFFSET has teamed up with a host of creatives and some unique independent stores to bring a series of storefront window installations to Dublin, bringing design out of the studio and into the street.

Shops Windows:

The Garden
Indigo & Cloth
Irish Design Shop
Powerscourt Centre

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OFFSIDE Match day Print Exhibition | 31st March – 29 April

As the Boys in Green gear up to take on Sweden, Belgium and Italy in France this summer, Póg Mo Goal and OFFSET commissioned international and Irish designers to produce a series of match-day posters for the Republic of Ireland’s upcoming Euro 2016 campaign. The exhibition will take place at The Square Ball as part of OFFSITE, a brand new fringe festival.

Featuring work from: Post – Dublin, Indigo & Cloth – Dublin, Workgroup – Dublin, Printiprinter – Northern Ireland, Stephen McCarthy – London, Hort – Berlin, Kessels Kramer – Amsterdam, Instruct – Manchester, Josh Parkin – Huddersfield, Geo Law – Sheffield,Vasava – Barcelona, Jorge Lawerta – Valencia, Snask – Stockholm, Matteo Cuccato – Peschiera del Garda, Italy, Oz Casanova – Vicenza, Italy

Póg Mo Goal is an Irish football website and magazine focused on football culture and design from around the globe and get updates here on the exhibition. Printing by our friends in Plus Print

Location: Square Ball, 45 Hogan Pl, Dublin 2

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Exhibition Time | 31st March – 29th April

Celebrating OFFSET and one of our all time favourite cartoons, OFFSET & Robert Ickis Mirolo are excited to present an exhibit overflowing with Adventure Time themed artwork created by a host of amazing Irish and international illustrators. Be prepared to feast your eyes on some of the most awesome illustrators paying homage to the weird and wonderful world of Adventure Time.

Location: The Bernard Shaw | Launch: 7pm 31st March 2016

Andy Ristaino, lead character designer on Adventure Time will speak at OFFSET 2016, catch his talk on Sunday 10th April @ 1pm.

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Portfolio Review | 2nd April

Transitioning into a career in design or just hoping to get some feedback on your work? Join a host of visual and graphic designers at Indigo & Cloth and have your design portfolio reviewed by the design specialists and experts in the industry.

Steve SimpsonDetailRed&GreyRed DogStudio AADWorkGroupZero-G, Image Now , Stephen KiernanAssembly, Niall O SheaOgilvy, Rothco and IBM Design Studio will be on hand to critique and provide valuable feedback on how you can strengthen your portfolio.

Time: 11:00 – 17:00 | Location: Indigo & Cloth, 9 Essex Street East Temple Bar Dublin 2 | Admission: Free


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Photography Workshop | 2nd April

Take this opportunity to enjoy a day of professional development and learning with full tuition from professional photographer, Mike O’ Toole. The workshop will focus on participants own areas of work, including honest, constructive and critique of existing work and offer practical tips on producing a shoot and focus on lighting. It concludes with a discussion around building new communities of practice and how to succeed in the photographic industry.

Mike O’Toole is recognised as a creative photographer who makes beautiful natural images for food and Lifestyle clients .

Twice featured in Archive 200 best Advertising photographers worldwide, he has won awards for his work from Ireland (ICAD), the UK (The Association of Photographers) and US (Communications arts).

He began his professional training in London learning on-the-job with top UK advertising photographers and he holds a Masters in Photography from The University of Westminster.

Time: 11:00 – 17:00 | Meeting point: TBC | Admission: €50

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Design Walking Tours | 2nd April

Explore the design district of Dublin’s city centre with our guide who will discuss highlights of this year’s OFFSET, featuring interesting independent stores, street art and exhibitions off the beaten track.

Take the opportunity to explore some of Dublin’s markets, architecture, coffee shops and city parks with a local designer to help guide the way.

Time: TBC | Meeting Point: TBC | Admission: Free but registration is essential

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Meet the Curators | 3rd April Various Dates

What better way to spend an afternoon than to visit one of Dublin’s museums and galleries? We have teamed up with the leading curators of our cultural institutions to gain insight into the process involved in planning, curating and managing the exhibition programme. Enjoy a gallery tour, focusing on how exhibitions and works are selected with a particular emphasis on storytelling. Locations include Marsh’s Library & The National Print Museum.

Date: 1st of April 2016 | Time: 1PM | Duration: 45 mins | Admission: Free Entry / Booking Essential

Join Rayne Booth, Programme Curator at Temple Bar Galleries and Studios as she takes us on a tour of Temple Bar Galleries and Studios an artists community in the heart of Dublin city centre. Founded in 1983, the building houses thirty artists’ studios in which professional visual artists make their work. The tour will include an overview of the fascinating history of TBG&S, a tour of the building & studios and an introduction to the work of Amie Siegel.

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OFFSKETCH Central |  3rd April

We’re delighted to be teaming up with Illustrators Ireland and Dublin City Council for OFFSET 2016 to celebrate all things illustration. Offsketch is a sketch crawl around some of Dublin’s more interesting parks and buildings with some of Ireland’s leading illustrators Steve Doogan, Alan Clarkeand Steve Simpson.

Everyone will receive an OFFSITE goody bag complete with treats to start the day, and after a productive day of sketching we will finish with an exhibition of your work TBC with a few complimentary beers.

Outdoors activity so please dress warmly! (meet 5 min. before start)

Some Key Locations: Iveagh Gardens, St Patricks Park, Dublin Castle , St Audeon Church ,Catherines Church Garden

Meeting Location: TBC | Start: 10am – 5pm | Exhibition: 6:30pm – 9pm

Admission: OFFSKETCH is a free event and you must be available to attend for the full duration.

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Bread and Butter | 4th April

There is a special edition of IDI’s Bread & Butter as part of OFFSITE. Join us on April 4th for talks from Supermundane (aka Rob Lowe), Steve McCarthy, and David Smith & Brian Nolan of 100 Archive.

Supermundane is an artist, graphic designer, typographer, illustrator and writer with over 20 years’ experience in the creative industry.

Steve McCarthy is a Dublin-based designer and illustrator known for his colourful and humorous style.

David Smith & Brian Nolan are curators of 100 Archive – a living archive which maps the past, present, and future of Irish graphic design.

Bread and Butter is co-organised by the Creative People at Epsilon Dublin

Time: 18:30 | Location: The Odeon, 57 Old Harcourt Street | Admission: Free event / booking is essential

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The Creative Workspace Book Launch | 5th April

Join us for the launch of Roads Publishing new book The Creative Workplace in the Gutter Bookshop.

With an Anatomy Of a Book talk brought to you by Designer Conor Nolan (Workgroup) and Publishing Director Maeve Convery, they take us through the process of bringing a book to market from concept, production, design and marketing.

Time: 13:00 | Location: The Gutter Book Shop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8 | Admission: Free

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Russell Mills Exhibition | 7th – 29th April

The NCAD Gallery is delighted to present a solo exhibition of designer and multimedia artist Russell Mills who is speaking Saturday 9th April at OFFSET 2016.

Known for his award-winning album covers for the likes of Brian Eno, Nine Inch Nails and Peter Gabriel along side his influential book covers for Samuel Beckett and Peter Ackroyd, multimedia artist Russell Mills has an immensely wide-ranging and impressive CV that’s longer than both your arms combined.

Location: National College of Art and Design, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

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Typeset Exhibition | 7th April – 28th April

Image Now and OFFSET have joined forces with leading Irish typographic designers working in Ireland and abroad to create a type installation exhibition.

Animating the Image Now Gallery during the OFFSITE Festival, the installation will be a collage of type, in the form of animations, gifs and 3D illustrations and will be a celebration of type as a constant influence in the world around us.

Launch Time: 7th April  | 6pm | Location: Image Now Gallery, 17a New Bride Street

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OFFBEAT | 9th April

OFFSET and Homebeat have teamed up to produce OFFBEAT, outdoor music event celebrating Dublin in association with Dublin City Council.

The hub of activity will be located in the historic part of Temple Bar with activities for all the family and a programme of live music curated by Homebeat featuring a range of performances from up and coming performers.

Time: 14:00 – 18:00 | Location: West Essex Street, Temple Bar | Admission: Free

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