wonder works october collection

wonder works october collection

Every month we post a collection of events, exhibitions and other pieces currently inspiring the Wonder Works team. Here’s some things currently inspiring the Wonder Works team this October!


Exhibition: Ireland and the birth of Europe
Admission is free

The exhibition is available for viewing in Academy House on the following dates and times:

• Tuesday 17 October10am – 1pm
• Wednesday 18 October10am – 2pm
• Thursday 12 October10am – 3pm
• Friday 20 October, 10am – 5pm

Contact the Library on (01) 609 0601 before travelling to confirm the exhibition is open.

Venue: The Meeting Room of the Royal Irish Academy, Academy House,19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

This illustrated exhibition tells the story of the part played by Irish scholars and missionaries in the early history of the European idea. “Ireland and the birth of Europe” is a captivating exhibit that highlights the deep-rooted historical connections between Ireland and the European Union. The exhibit is a part of the Irish government’s EU50 celebrations and showcases the rich cultural heritage and political ties between Ireland and the rest of Europe. Ireland joined the European Economic Community, the forerunner of the European Union, in 1973, but Irish participation in the development of European identities dates back more than a thousand years. After the collapse of the Roman Empire in the West, Europeans built on its foundations to develop their own culture and identity. The Irish played an important role in this great enterprise.

This richly illustrated exhibition tells the story of the role played by Irish scholars and missionaries in the early history of the European idea. Saint Columbanus was the first of the Irish missionaries and scholars to make a home on the Continent around the year 600. He became the first to write ‘of all of Europe’ (totius Europae). He and his followers contributed to the shaping of a European heritage that endures today.

Researched, written and curated by Dr Damian Bracken, University College Cork, and Dr Angela Byrne for the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Image credit: Depiction of Columbanus and his disciple Gall crossing Lake Constance from a fifteenth-century manuscript. St Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 602, p. 33 – Vitae of German saints


Designblok International Design Festival

Prague’s Designblok International Design Festival is organized in the creative heart of Europe and is the largest design and fashion expo in Central and Eastern Europe. The festival reacts to topical social issues and international trends and provides a creative, professional, and business platform where designers and companies can meet with experts, suppliers, and target customers. Designblok celebrates 25 years with the theme Journey

The 25th Annual Designblok will take place from 04 to 08 October 2023 in three exceptional exhibition venues throughout Prague: National Gallery Prague’s Trade Fair Palace, the gardens of Prague Castle, and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. Dozens of shops, studios, and showrooms throughout Prague are also traditionally involved in the festival. The theme of this jubilee year is the Journey.

Discover the beauty of Czech glass and porcelain in the imposing grounds of Prague Castle, explore experimental student projects and be reminded of successful Czech companies that care about their craft at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, shop for the latest works from creators, be inspired by foreign stars and enjoy fashion shows at the Trade Fair Palace of the National Gallery Prague. The work of 227 designers, studios, school ateliers and companies, including 16 fashion shows, can be seen in three main venues. These are complemented by lectures and panel discussions, a programme for students and children’s workshops.

They can’t do it alone, help Shine A Light 2023 by participating in a night of purpose and connection.

Sleep Out Against Homelessness as part of Focus Ireland’s Shine A Light, proudly supported by Bord Gáis Energy.
Join the effort on Friday 13th October to sleep out under the stars to raise vital funds for homeless services and stand in solidarity with thousands of individuals, families and children experiencing homelessness in Ireland.
This year, business leaders, companies, schools, and communities all over Ireland will sleep out in their homes, gardens, or workplaces on Friday 13th October.
Wherever you choose to sleep out, expect a special programme schedule with Focus Ireland resulting in a night of purpose and connection.
Your donation can support homeless services to provide immediate and practical support for children and families experiencing homelessness.

Oscariana: A Wilde Dublin Festival

Date: October 14-16, 2023
Venue: Online from Oscar Wilde House on Merrion Square, Dublin and in cinemaOn Monday October 16, Oscariana invites Wilde fans from Ireland and across the world to come together for the virtual/streamed celebration of Oscar’s birthday – Speranza’s Salon.Named after Wilde’s legendary mother, this virtual music and poetry event will be streamed from the Wilde House and includes:
– Conor O’Brien (Villagers) performing in William Wilde’s Library;
– award-winning composer Sarah Lynch and guitarist Shane Kavanagh from Speranza’s Bedroom;
– folksters The Silken Same;
– poets Caoimhe Lavelle, Julian Bernard and Ruairi Conneely reciting Wildean works;
– Dublin artist Gerard Byrne paints one of his famous lily works from Oscar Wilde House’s Orangerie,
as well as virtual Wilde Tours and Tales with Oscariana founder Martin Burns.In Cinema on Monday 16th October
– Importance of Being Earnest (1952) Sunday 15th October in the Lighthouse Cinema Dublin at 3.00pm
– The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) in the Stella Cinema Rathmines at 8.45pm.
more information     https://oscariana.ie

Design for Planet

The Design Council’s flagship environmental event, Design for Planet, returns for the third time in 2023, just ahead of the next United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 28). The FREE award-winning festival, from 17–18 October at the University of East Anglia will feature a packed schedule of talks from designers as well as experts in industries from mobility, policy, energy and education.

Design for Planet provides a platform for visionaries, designers, businesses, government and communities who are leading the way in climate action. The Design Council is the only UK institution dedicated to all design disciplines. It helps government, businesses and communities better understand what design is and the economic, social and environmental benefits it brings. This year’s theme is COLLABORATE.

“The climate crisis is the biggest challenge of our lifetime and design has a critical role to play. We need to re-design nearly every aspect of how we live our lives. Design shapes the world. So designers have huge power, and with power comes responsibility.”

Designing Peace

San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design hosts the Designing Peace exhibition, exploring how design can help create social, environmental and economic peace.

The exhibition – organised by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum – showcases 30 global projects, including proposals and final designs.
Each project has responded to one of five prompts:
– how design can engage creative confrontation;
– how design can address the root causes of conflict
– how design can support safe, healthy and respectful environments;
– how design can embrace truth and dignity in a search for peace and justice;
– and how design can help transitions from instability to peace.
Designing Peace takes place from 7 October 2023 to 4 February 2024 at The Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 3rd Street, San Francisco, California 94107, USA.
Photograph by Martin Reis.

Early notice:

Institute of Creative Advertising & Design Annual General Meeting – Wednesday 8th November 2023
There will be lots to discuss, hear and vote on and it’s important that ICAD member voices are heard.

Location, time and registration details will be provided closer to the day.
more information     https://www.icad.ie

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