2018 is a liberating year for women in Ireland. It marks the centenary of women’s voting rights. It’s the year women were given entitlement over their own reproductive systems. It’s also the year we realised that the gender pay gap has widened, with women receiving 14% less pay than men. If women are still seen…

Alanagh Clegg

Alanagh Clegg is a Textile designer whose thoughtfully considered graduate exhibition highlighted the importance of ethically made and sustainable materials. Inspired by a family business of hand crafting, her work explores traditions of techniques that have been passed down through generations. 1. When did you start incorporating sustainability into your design practice?  Four Threads came to…

June

We are huge event enthusiasts at Above the Fold, whether it’s one of our own or someone else’s. As it can be challenging finding decent event resources in Ireland, especially for the creatively inclined, we decided to share our two cents by curating a monthly event guide. The Monthly Edition will feature a sample of…

Vote for Women

As we approach a landmark moment in Irish history, the creatives of Ireland are wielding their talents as a form of political expression. Not only is 2018 significant as the year that the people of Ireland will vote on the Referendum to Repeal the Eight Amendment, but it also marks the centenary that Irish women…

Opportunity or exploitation?

An internship is something that is ambiguous and difficult to define. It sits between part-time college-job and entry-level career, it hovers with uncertainty between university and employability, and although it serves an invaluable function, its application is somewhat slippery. For many with an arts background, knowledge and experience gained can be perceived as theoretical, and…

IWD 2018

This Thursday, International Women’s Day 2018 takes place globally assembling a platform for dialogue, debate and ambition towards a more equal future. The theme; Press for Progress, encourages women to join forces, push forward and take action to support and accelerate gender parity. 2018 has been a particularly exciting year for women; we celebrate the centenary…

Emergence

Dara Finneran is a self-taught artist based in Galway City. His artistic practice draws knowledge and inspiration from his studies in Biomedical Engineering from the National University of Galway.    “Everywhere it is machines… real ones, not figurative ones: machines driving other machines, machines being driven by other machines, with all the necessary couplings and connections.”…