Make:Shift Ireland, a conference exploring innovation through craft & design, taking place 6th Nov

Posted 18.09.17


An international conference exploring the nature of disruptive innovation through craft and design to take place in Dublin on 6th November

Make:Shift Ireland, a one-day conference exploring the future of making and the nature of disruptive innovation in craft and design, will take place at The Helix, Dublin on Monday, November 6th 2017. The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) and the Crafts Council UK will bring together international experts on the cutting edge of craft, design and innovation from across a variety of fields such as architecture, glass, bioscience, mathematics, ceramics, fashion, augmented reality and more to deliver a series of game-changing concepts that are impacting the ways in which we live, learn, make and share.

Through keynote speeches and lively panel discussions, the dynamic line-up of speakers will explore both new processes for creating and opportunities for the future as the fields of research, scientific exploration, digital making and technology merge. Pioneers in key areas, from bio design and sustainability to manufacturing innovation and distribution, will take part, including Carole Collet, Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures and Director of Design & Living Systems Lab, Central Saint Martins; Kirsty Emery of technology and clothing manufacturing platform, Unmade; Dries Verbruggen, co-founder of design studio Unfold; Jarmo Eskelinen, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer of the Future Cities Catapult; and Fi Scott, founder of Makeworks, an open resource for sourcing local manufacturing and materials. Further speakers and the full conference programme will be announced during the coming weeks.

The conference is the third to be held in the series and the first outside of the UK. Launched by the Crafts Council UK, the first Make:Shift, held in London in 2014, laid open a world of disruptive innovation 
in craft – the application of new tools, processes and materials. The second Make:Shift (Manchester, 2016) went a step further by examining the impact of collaborative craft process in the fields of sustainability, healthcare and wellbeing and showcasing an extraordinary array of disruptive innovation taking place through craft and design, and asking what the future holds. Make:Shift Ireland will bring together the best of both in a dynamic environment, including panel debates and keynote presentations.  

The event will take place at The Helix, DCU Campus, Collins Avenue, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 on Monday, November 6th. Make:Shift is a Crafts Council UK brand and event. Make:Shift Ireland is produced by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland in association with the Crafts Council UK and with the support of The Finnish Institute in London.

Tickets are available to buy at Note: all prices below exclude booking fee and VAT.

  • Early bird student* - €30 (available to buy now). Limited availability.
  • Student* - €50
  • Early bird standard - €90 (available to buy now). Limited availability.
  • Standard - €120

*Valid student ID must be presented on collection of tickets.

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About Make:Shift
Make:Shift is the UK Crafts Council’s innovation conference that explores the future of making. First presented in 2014, Make:Shift has since showcased the work and practices of over 100 speakers and experts and explored innovation in and through craft and making; the application of new tools, process and materials, and how makers collaborate and catalyse innovation in other sectors and industries. #CCMakeShift 

About the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers, stimulating innovation, championing design thinking and informing Government policy. DCCoI's activities are funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCoI currently has 64 member organisations and over 3,200 registered clients. 

About the Crafts Council (UK)
The Crafts Council (CC) is a charity and a national body in the UK whose objective is to advance and encourage the creation of works of fine craftsmanship and to foster, promote and increase the interest of the public in the work of craftspeople and in the accessibility of those works to the public. It carries this out through a rich and ambitious national programme of exhibitions, delivered in partnership, and through our innovation programme, learning and talent development initiatives, national and international showcases, and carrying out research, policy and advocacy for and on behalf of the sector. @CraftsCouncilUK

About The Finnish Institute in London
The Finnish institute in London is a private, non-profit trust. It identifies emerging issues important to contemporary society in Finland, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The Institute has two programmes: Arts & Culture and Society & Culture. It creates positive change by connecting people through culture, knowledge and art.

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