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Ticketed events
Speakers - Friday

12- 1pm: Free lunch for two people in the pavilion.


1-2 pm: Free lunch for two people.

2-3 pm: Free lunch for two people .

SATURDAY 12-1 pm: Free lunch for two people .


KARI CAHILL 3:00 - 3:40pm 

Kari Cahill is a visual artist working out of The Model, Sligo. Her practice is grounded in an exploration of ‘landscape’ through colour and texture. Visually she created bold visceral works that stretch between two and three dimensions. She creates ‘Bio Colour’ from wild foraged materials and discarded urban remnants. This process creates a tangible connection to the natural environment and highlights a more sustainable approach to making. Kari’s work is often site-responsive and her large-scale works are created and exhibited in remote, wild locations, inviting audiences to experience the works in situ.


Kari is the Co-Director of Lay of the Land, and was a co-founder of Basic Space. Kari has participated in residencies in India (Space 118, Bombay 2016) and Brazil (Na Casa,Florianopolis 2019). She has presented work at IMMA and TBG+S and is a member of the Graphic Studio, Dublin. Her projects have been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Irish Times, Cassandra Voices, and Bloomers Magazine.

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THE PROJECT TWINS 4:00 - 4:40 pm

The Project Twins are James and Michael Fitzgerald, a Cork-based collaborative art duo. They work across a broad range of disciplines including painting, print-making, design, illustration and three-dimensional work.

Their use of minimal forms and graphic shapes are rooted in the visual language of signs, symbols and pictograms. They are interested in the use of this as a universal language and its ability to convey ideas, information and narratives. They have exhibited widely and completed several public and private art installations.

Alongside their fine art practice, they regularly produce editorial illustrations for the likes of The Guardian, The New York Times, Nature Journal, The Economist and Time Magazine. With a focus on social, political and economic work they produce concept driven illustrations which responds directly to the themes within the articles.

FIONA KEARNEY 5:00 - 5:30pm

Fiona Kearney is the founding Director of the Glucksman, a contemporary art museum on the campus of University College Cork, Ireland. The Glucksman promotes the creation, exploration and enjoyment of the visual arts through ambitious programmes for all ages and abilities. 

Kearney has curated numerous exhibitions in Ireland and internationally, with particular emphasis on how contemporary art practice relates to research directions within academic

contexts. Throughout her academic and professional career, Kearney has received several distinguished awards including the designation of college scholar by UCC, the NUI Prix d'Honneur from the French Government, a UCC President’s Award for Research on Innovative Forms of Teaching and the Jerome Hynes Fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme. She is currently a board member of the Irish Architecture Foundation, VISUAL Carlow, and Cork Midsummer Festival. 

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Speakers - Saturday


PANEL DISCUSSION 11:00 - 11:45 am: Plating Up with Local Produce - Telling A Story with Food Through Photography & Styling.

Brid O’ Donovan and OHK 

OHK CAFÉ – Sarah and Carol O’Brien
Sisters Sarah and Carol O’Brien opened O‘Herlihys Kinsale (OHK CAFÉ) in August 2017, continuing a six-generation family business in the centre of Kinsale. The girls’ grandmother Eily had shut the doors of the premises in the mid-90s having continued Herlihys pub (The Harp & Shamrock) that had been established in 1864. Sarah and Carol retained and expanded the interior pub aesthetic and it has influenced all
aspects of their design, a kind of local and vernacular aura.
Both Sarah and Carol are art school graduates, with Carol holding a BDes (NCAD 2011) and Sarah holding an MFA (NCAD 2007).


Bríd O' Donovan

Graduating from Sculpture and Combined Media at the Limerick School of Art and Design in
2011, Bríd quickly fled back to her native Cork (!) and began documenting the music scene
there for the next four years. Through shooting bands on stage and off stage, she discovered
her love and passion for photography, and decided to move to Dublin in 2016 to pursue it full
time. Since then Bríd has gone on to shoot two cookbooks for Penguin RandomHouse,
photograph musical heroes of hers such as Bon Iver and The National, and have the pleasure
of taking portraits of prominent figures in the Irish writing scene such as Sinead Gleeson, Tramp
Press, Doireann Ní Ghriofa, Lisa McInerney, and Sarah Maria Griffin. Bríd's photographic
portfolio covers food, portraiture, lifestyle, travel, and performance. Her contemporary style
incorporates a natural, and understated aesthetic.

PANEL DISCUSSION 12:15 - 1:00 pm:

THE BIG IDEA presents Kim Mackenzie - Doyle, Jonathan Leahy Maharaj, Eugene Canavan and Amy McKeogh. 

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Kim Mackenzie-Doyle

Kim Mackenzie-Doyle is an internationally recognised product designer, winning multiple worldwide design awards. Former President and Director of the Institute of Designers Ireland and currently sits on the National Design Forum, a government-led initiative to drive Ireland's capability and reputation as a source of Design innovation. She is also part of the Expert Group for Future Skills Needs championing creative education. Kim has been awarded Creative Industries Leader of the year award at the inaugural Irish women’s awards 2019 for her work on two not-for-profit initiatives reaching international acclaim & Kim is also Design Track Captain for Start-up Week Dublin promoting creativity in early-stage start-ups. Kim is CEO of The BIG Idea, a creative awarding programme to champion and encourage creativity in students & schools launching in Ireland 2021.

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Jonathan Leahy Maharaj

Jonathan is Creative Director at Fuzion communications leading Public Relations, Marketing Consultancy and Graphic Design,with an experience of 20 years. A graduate of LSAD and CIT who is caught between love towards chaos and order, interestingly a voracious buyer of books but not an avid reader.

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Eugene Canavan

Eugene Canavan is the Medical Design Director at Design Partners. With over 28 years product development experience working in Healthcare and Consumer products. Throughout his career Eugene has been the recipient of numerous international awards. Eugene is a regular guest lecturer at for Medical Device Design at NCAD.

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Amy McKeogh

Amy began her architectural career by working for Heneghan Peng Architects in Dublin in 2014. Amy worked on a variety of projects, most notably on the refurbishment and extension of the National Gallery of Ireland.
Amy moved to work with PRP Architects, London in 2016 and returned home to Ireland in 2018 to found Fíor studios, a multi-disciplinary design studio. Fíor studios has a number of projects in Cork, Dublin and Croatia. Fíor studios centres around collaboration and innovation, while using different design disciplines to enhance and enrich the design process.
In early 2019 Amy founded Ireland’s first Design and Food hybrid festival called Design POP, which took place from the 17th to the 19th of May in Cork City. Design POP had 6 pavilions created by 6 Irish Designers and Architects collaborating with Irish food producers to create structures dotted around the city, forming a food and design trail. The festival also had over 19 lectures, panel
discussions and a food market. The event attracted over 45,000 people and intends to build on the success year on year.

PANEL DISCUSSION 2:00 - 2:40 pm: The Launch"- Launching a new brand and the creative process behind it. Ernest Cantillon (Kinsale Gin and Red Earl whiskey), Tony Speight (WCC roastery) and Laura Edgerton

Tony Speight - West Cork Coffee

Tony Speight is the owner of West Cork Coffee (WCC), a wholesaler specialty coffee roastery based in Innishannon, Cork. He began his career in coffee by leveraging his background as an electrical engineer to build a home roaster in 2004. This hobby became a profession and then a company in the form of WCC in 2016, with the goal of providing a high-quality specialty coffee to complement the amazing produce on offer in the West Cork region. WCC has grown organically and Tony’s coffee has garnered the attention of prestigious customers like Master Chef winner Diana Dodog of Food Depot, the Michelin Star awarded Ichigo Ichie and best café in Munster winner Good Day Deli. Additionally, WCC was selected for The London Coffee Masters in 2017 and 2018.

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Ernest Cantillion - Kinsale Gin & Red Earl  Irish Whiskey
Ernest Cantillon is a Cork native and has run a variety of businesses, mostly hospitality-related, over the past 15 years. His current focus is on the Kinsale Spirit Co which produces both gin and whiskey. He is the owner-operator of Sober Lane Bar and Electric Bar and Restaurant in Cork City. He loves marketing and innovation, and in particular collaborating and exchanging ideas with other people interested in disrupting their sector. He has an in-depth knowledge of both the operational and financial aspects of businesses in the hospitality sector. Ernest has a passion for organising small to medium-sized festivals and corporate events and has a flair for product storytelling.
He is a member of the VFI, RAI and CBA, the former president of the Cork Business Association and a graduate of Commerce in University College Cork.

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STUDIO ANOIS - Talk 3:10 - 3:40 pm

Founded in 2016 by Niamh Chambers & Declan Crowley, Studio Anois is based in Smithfield, Dublin 7. Studio Anois is committed to enhancing the everyday experience through carefully considered, contemporary design. The practice is founded on the ambition to design great spaces which positively influence those who use them. Materials and form are carefully considered and tailored to each individual project. Both environmental and social sustainability are at the forefront of the studio’s work.

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Laura Edgerton

Laura Edgerton is an experienced marketing professional with over ten years in management level roles with multinational companies. The bulk of her experience is in food, finance and the arts. She is the creator of Culinary Cork and has worked as a freelance food writer and brand consultant. Additionally, she is a Ballymaloe Cookery School trained chef and holds wine and barista certifications. Laura has served as a judge for the Blas na hEireann / Irish Food Awards. 


She holds a MSc in Food Business and Innovation from UCC, and a dual degree in History and English from Stonehill College. Originally from Massachusetts, Laura resides in heart of Cork City.

PANEL DISCUSSION 4:10 - 4:50 pm: In conversation with Toonsbridge dairy and the real olive company. Jenny- Rose Clarke (Toonsbridge) and Kate Ryan (Flavour)

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Jenny- Rose Clarke 

Jenny-Rose and Toby started Toons Bridge Dairy, a family run West Cork operation, in 2011. They produce authentic cheeses (mozzarella, ricotta, scamorza, caciocavallo and halloumi) in small batches, using local raw cow, sheep and buffalo milk.

With a new herd of buffalo in situ and doorstep delivery up and running, the duo are planning a 25 year celebration to toast their hard work… but Jenny-Rose maintains it was all down to blind faith and brilliant staff.

Kate Ryan

Kate Ryan is a food writer and founder of, a platform dedicated to
promoting Irish Food through writing, events, and tours. She is a judge for Blas na
hEireann and the Irish Quality Food Awards and is the current Secretary of the
Irish Food Writers’ Guild. She is recent graduate of the Postgraduate Diploma in
Irish Food Culture, UCC.
Kate is a food features writer for The Echo (formerly Evening Echo), and her articles
have also featured in, The Irish Examiner,,,
The Southern Star, The Opinion Magazine, and Irish Foodie Magazine. She also
writes on her blog, The Flavour Files, showcasing the best of Cork produce and
encouraging everyday cooking with it at home.
In 2017, she was commissioned by A Taste of West Cork Food Festival to author
and publish an “Artisan Food Guide” featuring small, medium and craft food and
drink producers from across West Cork and encouraging visitors to explore their own self-guided taste journey through the region. The project was
funded by Cork County Council and Taste Cork.
Through, Kate creates Food Adventures including experiential pop-up food events and food tours, and working in collaboration with Chefs,
food and drinks producers to showcase local produce and the inspiring stories behind them.


PANEL DISCUSSION 5:20 - 6:00 pm-  In conversation with Ardú and MASER

Supported by Pat McDonnell paints



Maser truly embodies the centric spirit of contemporary visual art in Ireland today. Having created artwork since 1995, over the last 25 years, Maser has earned much respect professionally and has generated a large and dedicated following in Ireland and abroad - through his seamlessly imaginative and unique graphic style.

Having become internationally recognised for his expansive repertoire of contemporary visual art, Maser’s artistic practice includes works on canvas, sculptures, prints, immersive installations, interactive exhibitions and exquisite large-scale murals. His unique, artistic style draws upon numerous influences including optical art and mid-century art, and is regularly complemented with bold colours, pattern and text.

Maser boasts an impressive list of exhibitions in high-end art galleries and has been commissioned to create original artwork by many prestigious arts organisations including, Art On Paper (USA), Lazarides(UK), the National Gallery of Ireland(IE), the National Library of

Ireland(IE), Tandem Press(USA) and Graphic Print Studio(IE).


Ardú arrived in Cork October 2020 injecting a burst of colour, vibrancy, and life into the city in lockdown. Uniting the Leeside community through art, lifting its creative and community spirit at a time when it needed it most.

Seven of Ireland’s most respected and renowned street artists were invited to create key city-centre locations, in response to a theme inspired by the 1920 Burning of Cork. Find work by Deirdre Breen at Wandesford Quay, Maser at The Kino, James Earley at Henry Street, Peter Martin at Kyle Street, Shane O’Driscoll at Harley Street, Aches at Anglesea Street, and Garreth Joyce at Liberty Street.


PANEL DISCUSSION 4:00 - 4:45pm:  Alastair Hall from Hall McKnight Architects, Sandra O’Connell (RIAI) and Tony Duggan (Cork City council) in Cork Centre for Architectural Education building. 



Hall McKnight is an architectural practice established in 2003 with studios in Belfast and London (and soon in Cork).

In addition to receiving a number of RIBA Awards, the work of the practice has been recognised with success in international design contests, notably the MAC Arts Centre, completed in February 2012 and Vartov Square Copenhagen, completed in Autumn 2012. Hall McKnight were announced as the winners of the RIBA design contest for the Quadrangle Building at King’s College London, Strand Campus in October 2012 and were successful in the international competition for a major new campus building and landscape work at Gallaudet University, Washington DC in November 2016, organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants. In 2014 the practice won the Architectural Association of Ireland’s Downes Medal for the MAC Arts Centre in Belfast.

The practice’s work has been nominated for the BSI Swiss Architectural Award, the European Union Mies Van der Rohe Award, the European Public Space Awards and the Design Museum ‘Designs of the Year’.

The practice has experience of working on a wide range of different building types from houses to large and complex public buildings and landscapes, and has delivered projects in the UK and Europe. Current work includes Bishop Lucey Park in Cork.

Speakers - Sunday


PANEL DISCUSSION 11:00 - 11:45am:  Interior design - Design and creativity how it impacts our everyday lives. Kate O'Neill, Sarah O'Neill and Niamh McCabe.

Kate O'Neill - The visual loop

Kate has spent over 15 years working across the creative industries in both the UK
& Ireland, supporting and encouraging artists through talks, workshops, mentorships,
portfolio reviews and curated projects. Founder of The Visual Loop – a platform
initiated to connect visual artists and local businesses – Kate also works with
companies like The Photographers Gallery London, Metro Imaging, Brighton
Photofringe and Gallery of Photography Ireland via professional development talks
and workshops.



Niamh McCabe - Spacey Studio and Nimcake.
Niamh McCabe is the Creative Director of Spacey Studio and Nimcake. Niamh designs with the
aim to bring a little more joy into the world through creating playful spaces and objects. She
believes colours and patterns, in soft, organic, flowing shapes, enhance our mood and the use
of bright colours help lift our spirits, help us to feel creative and more alert. This belief system is
apparent through the cross-discipline of Niamh’s work.
Niamh began the interior design studio, Spacey in July 2017 – where they focus on joyful,
functional, artistic design for tech companies, small businesses and homes. The Nimcake brand
launched during the lockdown, after years of planning. Nimcake handmakes and designs
sustainable, reusable masks. The fabric used is a custom design of Niamh’s hand-painted
patterns, digitally printed with eco-friendly dyes onto 100% cotton.
Niamh graduated from Vis Comm IADT in 2015, and has continued on her creative endeavours
through a multidisciplinary approach to growing and learning.

Sarah O'Neill - Zero-waste movement.

Designer and consultant working within the sustainability and zero-waste movement.

Sarah is an ethical designer, creative director and most importantly, an activist in the ethical fashion revolution. Throughout her professional development she has gravitated more and more towards ethical fashion, and now specialises in sustainability and zero waste through her process and practise. 

After internships in London, and while assisting ethical brand Faustine Steinmetz, on their collections for both London and Paris Fashion Weeks, she realised there is potential for us all to drive this necessary change in the industry on a global scale. She returned to Cork and began to build her brand and consultancy there, working with local and national businesses, as well as collaborating with like minded artists, designers and organisations.

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PANEL DISCUSSION 12:15 - 1:00 pm: Diversifying - The power and importance of diversifying your brand. Ericia Drum, Tim Stone (Popsicle) and Laura Edgerton

Erica Drum

Erica Drum is a Tv and virtual Chef, cookery tutor, food stylist and supper club host. Erica has worked in the hospitality industry for 20 years. Her ability to explain and teach culinary skill, flavour, taste, and individuality is encouraging and bright. She absolutely adores feeding people delicious flavourful food, over the pandemic, this has changed and Erica had to diversify her brand, she began to teach hundreds of people how to create their own delicious food online through virtual cookalongs.  She is a huge advocate for stoping food waste, sustainable cooking, growing your own and loves to give tips and tricks. Erica forages and cooks seasonally using Irish produce all year.

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Laura Edgerton

Laura Edgerton is an experienced marketing professional with over ten years in management level roles with multinational companies. The bulk of her experience is in food, finance and the arts. She is the creator of Culinary Cork and has worked as a freelance food writer and brand consultant. Additionally, she is a Ballymaloe Cookery School trained chef and holds wine and barista certifications. Laura has served as a judge for the Blas na hEireann / Irish Food Awards. 


She holds a MSc in Food Business and Innovation from UCC, and a dual degree in History and English from Stonehill College. Originally from Massachusetts, Laura resides in heart of Cork City.

Tim Stone of Popsicle

It all started in Mexico, where we embarked on a journey that unknowingly would lead us to the creation of our unique Popsicle store set on Castle Street, Cork City today. With soaring temperatures slowing us down, we came across a small paleta stall selling the common favourites of strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate flavoured popsicles.


The refreshing taste was inspirational and we thought to ourselves, ‘ why doesn’t anywhere sell these back at home?’ There it was ,the lightbulb! While walking around we started running ideas, coming up with unique flavour possibilities, some made the cut, some didn’t, and on returning home, set up a makeshift ‘poplab’ to turn our ideas into delicious products for testing.


After gaining positive feedback on our wide variety of flavoursome creations, and some extra work behind the scenes, we decided to share our creation with the city. With the addition of coffee, hot-pops, waffles, shakes and sundaes, Popsicle was born!


PANEL DISCUSSION: "The impact creativity has on our lives"- What creativity means to you and everyone else. 1:30 - 2:10 pm Simon Roche (HMH/ Bureau), Shane O’Driscoll (Ardú) and Jimmy Rennick (Design Partners)

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Shane O' Driscoll
Shane O Driscoll is an Irish printmaker and visual artist that practices mainly in screen printing.
He studied Visual Communications and is a member of Cork Printmakers. 
Shane has curated and co-directed art exhibitions throughout Ireland and in New York as part of ‘For The Love Of’, a series of exhibitions that promote the arts.
He has exhibited his work internationally and throughout Ireland. Shane's work is in the
permanent collection of The National Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, Glucksman UCC and UCD.
He has also displayed work in The Irish Print Museum and has a number of works in the O.P.W.

Simon Roche - HMH/Bureau
Simon is a design director in US educational publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, working on curriculum books and heavily involved in the transition to teaching digitally. He has also worked on branding, mapping and publication design for many cultural institutions under the studio name Bureau. Bureau is a bespoke graphic design service for publication, editorial and cultural/music-related projects as well as for branding projects ranging from the international to breaking-ground new businesses. Simon has worked in many fields in the last 20+ years as a designer, and produced work for many international clients as well as Irish businesses – focussing on cultural work, branding and editorial design. In 2008 he won the Periodical Publishers Association of Ireland award for best Irish Designer, for his work with State Magazine. He lives and works in Dublin.


Jimmy Rennick

Jimmy is a Senior Industrial Designer at Design Partners, where he leads design projects for brands in consumer electronic, wearables, and healthcare sectors. With 14+ years experience as a designer, Jimmy has worked with global companies like LG, Samsung, Logitech, ADT, and Beyerdynamic. Jimmy has a passion for storytelling through design and has won many prestigious design awards for his work including iF, Red Dot and Good Design Chicago.

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TALK: 14:40-15:20 ATELIER RAE.

Rae Moore – Atelier Rae
Atelier Rae is the architecture and design studio led by award-winning architect and artist Rae
Moore. Rae has worked with several award-winning architecture studios across Europe,
including Clancy Moore Architects (Dublin), Guidotti Architetti (Switzerland), David Kohn
Architects (London) and Carmody Groarke (London). She has vast experience as Project
Architect, delivering a broad range of work from private galleries and homes to multi-million-
pound mixed-use developments, urban master plans, and a number of cultural and education
Rae studied architecture at DIT Dublin School of Architecture for three years, finishing top of her
class in 2008. In 2009 she received a scholarship to enrol in the Masters course at the
Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland, where she graduated in 2011. In
2013, she became the youngest-ever member of the RIAI’s professional register for
architects. Rae has been teaching at the UCD School of Architecture since 2016 and has been
a visiting critic at the DIT Dublin School of Architecture since 2009.



This is the festival's closing panel discussion with all the architects, designers and food producers for a conversation about creating the pavilions for Design POP 2021.

Wilson Architects X Naturally Nourished


Alan Macilwraith X Good Day Deli

Maser X The Crawford Gallery Cafe

Cook Architects X Ballymaloe foods

Mark Horgan X The River Club

Play Nice studio X Currabinny

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PANEL DISCUSSION: 12:00 - 12:45 CLAUDIA KINMONTH and Adrian Duyn.

Located in Nano Nagle Place - secret garden. 

Claudia Kinmonth is an art and design historian, whose career began with 6 years making and restoring furniture. Having studied at the Royal College of Art and worked at London’s V&A, she taught furniture restoration, as well as design history, before moving to Cork. Her first book for Yale University Press, Irish Country Furniture 1700-1950 (1993) won awards and was followed by Irish Rural Interiors in Art (in 2006). That work instigated three exhibitions on vernacular furniture and genre paintings (Cork, Dublin & Boston). Her new book Irish Country Furniture and Furnishings 1700-2000 (Cork University Press, 2020) won the Durkan Prize for Language and Culture in 2021.

She is a Moore Institute Research Fellow at N.U.I. Galway, a Research Curator (Domestic Life) at the Ulster Folk Museum and a member of the Royal Irish Academy.

Adrian Duyn

Adrian Duyn graduated with a Bsc. in Furniture Conservation & Restoration from The Furniture College – Letterfrack in 2007. Since then Adrian has been working in the family business, Joop Duyn & Sons. Based in Kenmare, Co. Kerry. Offering an extensive range of services together with a professional and ethical manner towards antique furniture conservation / restoration & all manors of design, from one off bespoke pieces of furniture to interior and architectural design.

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Tricia Harris

Studio Harris is a contemporary Irish furniture design studio creating beautiful, considered, long-life pieces. Recently returned from Dublin to her native Co. Kerry, Tricia works with a selection of highly skilled makers from around Ireland to produce well-crafted, distinctive pieces. Along with developing ready-to-order collections and bespoke commissions, she enjoys creative collaborations with other makers and like-minded businesses. The studio’s design philosophy is based on successfully combining the elements of function, beauty, simplicity and permanence to produce pieces that are designed to be loved and used, that are made well and will last.  


SATURDAY - 2 - 4 PM AT PENROSE DOCK PAVILION (Outside Naturally nourished)


Roll up, roll up as part of Design Pop festival Circus Factory is popping up at Penrose Dock on Saturday 28th of August at 2pm! We are offering a 90 minute workshop to play fun games, learning awesome hula hoop tricks and the joys of juggling in a safe and fun environment. We have just 16 spaces available for kids 7-12 years old so best get booking through the link below! All Covid-19 protocols will be adhered to.

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