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Every year MA Design History and Material Culture students research a defined area of Dublin and create work that draws attention to the life of the city in new ways. In 2023 they collaborated with UCD Architecture and Dublin Port to analyse this huge (510 acre) area of the city including its historic architecture, mechanised processes, labour identity, representation in visual culture and future development.

At this panel, the student researchers will present their work including fantastical historic maps, an analysis of containerisation, the Poolbeg Towers as accidental icons, how the body plugs into the city via the sewage system, occupational clothing and para-uniform and ultimately the nature of the port as a space and a place.

Our featured guest speaker is Kieran O'Brien, a Director of Grafton Architects who will speak about their role as the architects and designers charged with creating a masterplan for the Port including the creation of artists' studios, experimental theatre spaces, rehearsal spaces, workshops and co-working spaces. Kieran will be introduced by Cliona Harmey, an artist and NCAD fine art media lecturer whose work includes Dublin Ships (2015), a temporary artwork commissioned by Dublin City Council as part of the Dublin City Public Art Programme.

Hosted by Lisa Godson, Programme Leader, MA Design History and Material Culture and the MA Design History and Material Culture Year 1 students: Laura Doherty, Emily O'Sullivan, Rose Bonner, Dimitrios Iatrelis, Susan Hourican, and Fiona Moran.

Part of NCAD Works 2023; showcase of work from the college's final year and postgraduate students.
Location: NCAD Harry Clarke House

Ro-ro, lo-lo: the design and material culture of Dublin Port with MA DHMC and Grafton Architects
Image: HMM Dublin (ship), 2020, Port of Rotterdam via NCAD

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Admission / Cost FREE
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Organiser National College of Art & Design

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