Design POP returns to Cork for its second year 

Design POP returns to Cork for its second year 
Design POP Festival Director Amy Mc Keogh and CCAE architecture student James Pearce bringing a splash of colour to Cork for Design POP. For more, see Photo: Clare Keogh

At the core of the festival, Design POP brings together top Irish design teams to create pop-up installation structures, which will go on display in various outdoor locations across Cork city. 

Each designer is paired with a Cork-based food or drink producer to create a bespoke space which the public is invited to explore and interact with.

This year, Ciarán Meade and Mark Cronin from Bobo’s Cafe have teamed up with computational designer Mark Horgan to create a pavilion at Elizabeth Fort.

The Crawford Gallery Café has joined forces with a collective of young architects and designers for a pavilion at Emmett place and Blackrock Castle and Observatory has linked up with Cork Architectural School for a pavilion at Blackrock Castle.

This year's theme for the festival is resilience, which will be explored through the pavilions, talks, and conversations, happening over the weekend. 

The programme features over 16 free events and two special ticketed events.

Leading contemporary visual artist Maser. Photo: Clare Keogh
Leading contemporary visual artist Maser. Photo: Clare Keogh

The launch night, on Friday, August 28, will feature talks and discussions with guests The Project Twins - the Irish based graphic art duo, James and Michael Fitzgerald, who will speak about their studio and some of their interesting projects to date as well as a talk from Founding Director of The Glucksman, Fiona Kearney.

Saturday morning offers a creative workshop for children, suitable for ages 4-12, with plant-based food company, Banana Melon.

Later, a panel discussion about gender equality in design, led by Founder of WhyDesign Kim Mackenzie-Doyle with guests: Head of Innovation VHI Lorna Ross, award-winning designer and Creative Director at Deloitte Digital Claire Dowling, and Head of Design Thinking at Bank of Ireland Lesley Tully will take place. 

Saturday evening, Darragh Breathnach of DUA - Design Urbanism Architecture takes to the hot seat to discuss his studio and projects to date, followed by chats with renowned contemporary artist MASER, followed by a Q&A.

Sunday will see another day jam-packed full of events. 

The festival will close with a talk with all the designers and collaborators that created the pavilions for Design POP. 

All events are free with the exception of the WhyDesign panel discussion (€6) and the MASER event (€10).

Full details on Design POP can be found at

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