Above the Fold 2017

Above the Fold returned to The Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane, for the second annual Above the Fold Creative Conference. Speakers were selected for their contribution to Ireland’s cultural landscape and their motivation for striving to create great work, defying obstacles and challenges faced by the creative industry in Ireland.


Jo Anne Butler and Gearóid Muldowney met whilst studying at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. With backgrounds in craft and architecture, their practice has evolved into a textile, print and design studio that creates beautiful furniture and homewares.

Superfolk’s studio is based in Westport, Co. Mayo, where inspiration is drawn directly from the surrounding landscape with a design approach that is “materials-led”. Superfolk products are designed around functionality and the best qualities of the selected material.

Jette Virdi
Jette Virdi is a food stylist and creative entrepreneur. Jette recently launched The Collective – Europe’s first tech-free conference for innovators, creatives and entrepreneurs.

Jette also runs Created + Found, a beautiful homeware range stocking ceramics, linen, sundries and natural wooden utensils.

Alan Bennett is the Managing Editor and Founder of HeadStuff Media, a cultural website, podcast network and events organisation. Alan studied Fine Art Painting in the Limerick School of Art and Design, then received an MA in creative writing from UCD.

Alison Conneely
Alison is a designer, stylist, art director and curator whose work was selected to curate ‘The Shuttle Hive: A Century of Rising Thread’ at the Museum of Decorative Arts and History, as part of the Centenary celebrations in 2016. The exhibition was influenced by female revolutionaries, through a modernist perspective including collaborative commissions and pieces from Alison’s personal collection.

Her body of work takes facets from the Connemara landscape to depictions of key moments in Irish Fashion History. Her work is thoughtful, considered and conceptual both reflecting on and influencing Ireland’s cultural landscape.

New Pope
Galway based musician David Boland has been performing and making music under the pseudonym of New Pope since 2014. He has released two critically acclaimed albums Youth (2015) and Love (2016), with a third expected for release in 2017.

New Pope wears the varying shapes of his heart on his sleeve – as a romantic, nostalgic, observer of life and a dreamer. His songs are thought and emotion provoking poetic essays on the world in which he surrounds himself.

Piquant​ are a group of passionate creators, who believe in the power of “Story” and always strive to access the authentic human element in their work. Piquant work with graphics, video, photography, illustration, paint and most importantly people.

Conor, Kevin and Oliver joined us from Limerick City, to present the highs and lows of running a design studio in the West of Ireland.

Kari Cahill is one of the powerhouses behind LAY OF THE LAND​ a visual arts organisation that create and curate site responsive projects in Ireland.

Kari and her partner Hazel McKague produce powerful and imaginative projects that encourage artists to engage with the landscape, while forging deeper connections with local community and the history and heritage of the surroundings. These ideals fit so perfectly with the aim of Above the Fold​ to examine the impact of artists on the cultural landscape of Ireland.

DUA Architects
Darragh Breathnach is the founder and director of Design, Urbanism, Architects based in Dublin, Ireland.
Since the launch of DUA in 2015, Darragh has created an impressive portfolio of work including furniture and product design, as well as cultural, residential and commercial buildings.

Thank you to our staff, speakers, sponsors and supporters for helping to bring the second Above the Fold Creative Conference to fruition.

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