NCAD Gallery is running a series of lectures on the postwar period in Irish graphic design starting with a conversation between Jan de Fouw and Conor Clarke on 17th November at 6.30. Full Schedule below:
Tuesday 17th November, 6.30pm
Jan de Fouw, the well-known Dutch designer who moved to Ireland in 1951, and Conor Clarke, founder & Director of Design Factory and author of ‘Orange and Green’ will hold a public conversation focusing on how Ireland’s image was moulded by Jan in the 1950s and 1960s.
Tuesday 1st December, 6.30pm Dr Linda King (IADT)
Politics, Pragmatism and Visualisation of National Identities: The Legacy of Aer Lingus Advertising.
This talk will examine the importance of the airline in disseminating concepts of national identity for both national and international audiences. The design output of both Abram Games and a generation of Dutch designers working in Dublin in the 1950s and 60s will be explored in this context.
Tuesday 15th December, 6.30pm Wendy Williams (NCAD)
Instruments of Mass Persuasion: War posters in the 1930s and 40s.
The poster became an increasingly eloquent means of engendering a proactive mindset during the Second World War. In this talk selected works, including those of Abram Games, are examined in terms of motivations, ideologies and responses.
Tuesday 5th January, 6.30pm Mary Ann Bolger (DIT)
Round towers, West Brits and the ‘Battery Hens of Moscow’: some issues in the ‘professionalisation’ of post-war Irish graphic design.
This paper will examine the generally overlooked influence of British models, including Abram Games, on the establishment of an Irish graphic design profession and the development of an indigenous design vocabulary. It will also examine the pivotal role that advertising designers – often maligned as apolitical, commercial jobbers – played in directing the course of modern Irish graphic design.
Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre
National College of Art and Design/Gallery
100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8, Ireland.