The first week of November has found itself brimming with cultural activity, with the likes of Mind Over Matter by the Institute of Designers in Ireland, a day of creativity aiming to shed light on mental health in the design community, VUE National Contemporary Art Fair located at the RHA with 21 participating galleries, and The Future, a two day conference showcasing innovators in design, media and culture at the RDS.
Presented in the midst of these is the third edition of HALFTONE, Dublin’s most renowned Print Fair, launching this Thursday the 2nd of November at The Library Project , Temple Bar. While The Library Project showcases artists and photographers’ work through printed publications, HALFTONE aims to present tangible work over eighteen days, designed to explore various printing processes and techniques – or quite simply, as a means of discovering local artists.
HALFTONE is a celebration of all printed forms, and over 80 emerging and established contemporary artists’ exhibiting throughout the festival. Teeming with diverse techniques, one can find themselves surrounded by the screen-prints of design duo Jando, the etchings of multi-disciplinary artist Johnny Bugler, photographs by Dublin based visual artist Roisin White, and lino-prints by mixed-media artist Annie Potanina. To name just a few of the techniques featured, others including lithography, illustration, risograph, inkjet printing and photo-etching, giving every discipline a platform for promotion and discovery.
Former Above the Fold speaker, Deirdre Breen, is also making an appearance from Cork City presenting a cross-pollination of design and print. After graduating from the Graphic Design department from LSAD in 2008, Deirdre moved to London where she became involved in gender related artist-led projects, including Graphic Birdwatching, a collective set up to support and promote work by female graphic designers. Deirdre also participated in the Graphic Design Walk, held during the London Design Festival, aimed at empowering female designers in London.
Since 2013, Deirdre has worked for the likes of Design Factory whilst basing her print practice in Damn Fine Print. She has recently returned to her home town of Cork City to work for strategy and design studio, Chapter. Her bold, geometric designs focus on colour, space, gradation and repetition to create playful pieces that take inspiration from scapes, vistas, and elements of form.
Also exhibiting is Eamonn Doyle, a photography graduate hailing from IADT. After an extensive stint work in the Irish music industry, Eamon has returned to his former discipline as a fine art photographer. With a keen ear for electronic music, he is founder of D1 Recordings which independently ran Dublin Electronic Arts Festival. Picking the camera up after 20 years, Eamonn establishes a connection between music and lens, capturing the ‘movement of people’ in his home city.
HALFTONE is an initiative led by the PhotoIreland Foundation, the project aims to create a dialogue around photography, and to promote work from artists in Ireland on an international scale. PhotoIreland held Ireland’s first Book & Magazine Fair in 2011 alongside the PhotoIreland Festival, this emphasised the niche that could be filled by providing a library specifically focused upon the photo-book, collections of zines and art and design projects. HALFTONE was then introduced as a way of exhibiting the physical output of these typically ephemeral forms of artwork.
HALFTONE is running from Thursday November 2nd running until November 19th, launching with a drinks reception in the Library Project, Temple Bar.
Words by Claudia Mannix.