Creative Futures Academy Launch

CFA is excited to announce our launch programme of music, performances, talks, visual arts, design, workshops and more to excite and inspire taking place between 16th - 18th November!

Join CFA for a jam-packed, 3-day programme of events to celebrate its official launch.

Our multidisciplinary programme of live events, talks and performances will animate the three campuses of UCD, IADT and NCAD, over three days to mark CFA’s future ambitions for flexible, creative learning.

16th November

CFA Launch Event in UCD

To kickstart all the celebrations, join us for the opening launch event on Wednesday 16th November in O’Reilly Hall, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4. Spark your curiosity, and learn what CFA has to offer – no matter where you are in your creative journey.

Evening Programme: 

4.30pm Registration
4.45pm Welcome speeches

  • CREATIVE FUTURES Three inspiring creatives share their stories and ambitions for the future
  • TRAD FUTURES Dónal Lunny and Traditional Music Practice student performance
  • SCREEN FUTURES Gráinne Humphreys chairs a panel of Ireland’s brightest screen talent
  • CREATIVE JOURNEYS discussion and spoken word performances

7.00pm DJ Kate Butler and reception

RSVP is essential as places are limited. Booking link will open soon.

17th November

Circular by Design Innovation Festival

17th November, 11.00am – 7.00pm, Smock Alley Theatre

This inaugural programme will ask the question ‘How might we design a circular textiles industry in Ireland?’ A dynamic, action-oriented programme of talks, panels, showcases and collaborative industry workshops will highlight the urgent need and unique opportunity we have to create a just, circular textiles industry in Ireland – and the critical role that design plays in enabling that transition.

The festival is designed in two parts; to ideate and to activate.

Find out more and book your place HERE.

Note: The hybrid programme will also cater to a remote audience with a livestream of the morning session. A recording will then be made available to registered participants.

18th November

Circular by Design: Coffee + Talks

18th November, 9.30am – 11am, NCAD Gallery

Over coffee & pastries, the Circular by Design team and pilot cohort will highlight the urgent need and unique opportunity we have to create a just, circular textiles industry in Ireland – and the critical role that design and education play in enabling that transition. A talk, panel discussion and showcase of the pilot brands’ pioneering circular solutions will introduce you to the outcomes of the Circular by Design programme so far, as well its future plans to scale and evolve its impact.

Find out more and book your place HERE

Workshop with Maura McHugh: Narratives for an Uncertain Future

18th November, 10am – 4pm, IADT

Join Irish horror-fiction author Maura McHugh for a one-day practical workshop on working with teams to shape stories about climate crisis.

Limited places available for students. Find out more and book your place HERE

24 Hour Design Challenge

18th – 19th November, IADT

CFA, in collaboration with the Media Cube at IADT, invites students from IADT, NCAD and UCD to take part in a 24-Hour Design Challenge on the 18th – 19th November 2022 in IADT.

Racing against the clock, you will complete a series of Design Thinking games and tasks, concluding with a presentation of your final ideas. Oh, and the best part? The winning team will receive a grand prize of €1,000.

Find out more HERE

Exhibition: Design For Technical Arts Showcase

18th – 19th November, IADT

Drop by and see some of our fantastical creatures, created as part of our Design for Technical Arts Workshop which ran in Spiddal between May and June 2022. The ten impressive, life-size character busts will be on display in IADT for all to see, showcasing the talent of our students and staff. The busts will be on display from 10am-5pm on Friday 18th and from 10am-4pm on Saturday 19th, which is IADT’s Open Day.

Find out more HERE

Diversifying Design

18th November, Harry Clarke Theatre, NCAD

This talk and panel discussion, co-hosted by CFA, IDI and DesignOpp will discuss how the design sector can collectively foster a culture of inclusion that welcomes difference, promotes agency and facilitates shared community building. The talk will begin at 6pm on Friday 18th November.

Find out more and book HERE

Introduction to Product Design

18th November, NCAD

This 2 hour workshop will introduce participants to Product Design and allow them to create an object using 3D printing and laser cutting.

Note: This workshop is available for students attending 2nd level Deis Schools.

For further information please email Tara Whelan on whelant (@)