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Above the Fold host talks and events designed to celebrate the creative community in Ireland
Above the Fold host talks and events designed to celebrate the creative community in Ireland
Above the Fold host talks and events designed to celebrate the creative community in Ireland
63 backers pledged €2,500 to help bring this project to life.

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Above the Fold was born from a collective enthusiasm for the arts in Ireland.

Our first event launched in May 2016 organised on nothing except passion, drive and a shoestring budget. 

We organised pop-ups from Dublin to Galway, dissecting topical themes from the the disparity of female designers working in Ireland, to commending Ireland's courageous entrepreneurs for pursuing their passion projects. But our primary focus is the Above the Fold Creative Conference, held annually in the Mick Lally Theatre, Galway. 

We persevered with programming with minimum financial assistance. Curating events that would inform and inspire our audience. But the time has come to reach out for your support. 

Above the Fold 2016
Above the Fold 2016

Our vision is to nurture a nationally renowned conference designed to celebrate and support emerging and established creatives. With your support, Above the Fold can grow into a creative enterprise located on the Western tip of Ireland.

                                  

2017 Speakers include:

Superfolk
Superfolk

 

 Superfolk 

Jo Anne and Gearóid are based in Westport, Co. Mayo, where inspiration is drawn directly from the surrounding landscape. They describe their design approach as 'materials-led', designing products around functionality and the best qualities of the selected material.

Jette Virdi
Jette Virdi

 

 Jette Virdi

Jette is a food stylist and creative entrepreneur, who recently launched The Collective Europe - 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 wood utensils.

Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett

 

 HeadStuff 

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

Anna Cosgrave

Anna is part-time assistant to Independent Senator Lynn Ruane and the founder of The REPEAL Project, an outwear initiative created to give voice to a hidden issue. REPEAL has been featured on Refinery 29, GRAZIA, ID, The Guardian, Quartz. 

Supporters of The Repeal Project range from Gloria Steinem to an array of politicians, who as a result of the projects impact – represented Ireland in Brussels at the European Parliament at a gathering of European female politicians/activists.

Later this year Anna will launch Labyrinth, a collective bridging the gaps between Design, Politics, Activism and Art.

David Boland

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
Piquant

Piquant

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.

With two more speakers to be announced. 

                                   

Above the Fold by Night 

Lumo DJs will join us for the Above the Fold by Night at Electric Garden & Theatre, to host an after-party with no restrictions on genre. 

Expect everything from Beastie Boys to Springsteen, Phil Collins to Caribou, Fatima Yamaha to Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush to Kraftwerk, Onyeabor to Outkast, Prince to The Prodigy, Steely Dan to Soulwax and Talking Heads to Todd Terje.

Above the Fold by Night
Above the Fold by Night

 

                                      

Donations will contribute to:

Designers | Branding | Set-design | Printing | Photography | Food | Lunch | Dinner | Water | Caffeine | Insurance | Transport | Accommodation | Venue Hire | Production | Sound | Video | Recording | Venue Staff.

Above the Fold presents Women in Design: Breaking through the Glass Ceiling
Above the Fold presents Women in Design: Breaking through the Glass Ceiling
 

                                  

                 You might be able to reward yourself with something nice!

Seasaw by Deirdre Breen
Seasaw by Deirdre Breen
  • How about a framed print by Deirdre Breen?


After Love
After Love
  • A signed copy of After Love by Dani Gill, designed in collaboration with Finbar247. Two former Above the Fold speakers. 


Coffeewerk + Press, Galway
Coffeewerk + Press, Galway
  •  Coffee and a cake in one of our favourites!

 

                       What's in store for the future of Above the Fold?

Above the Fold is a creative project, designed to inform, inspire and engage the creative community in Ireland. Our roots are firmly fixed in Galway City, with an annual conference that will build a platform for the creative community in the west of Ireland. 

We want to continue to cast our net throughout Ireland, with pop-ups forecast for Dublin, Limerick and Belfast. We can only proceed with programming with the help of our donators. So please, give as little or as much as you can so that we can help to make the future of Above the Fold a reality. 

Above the Fold in collaboration with Palate, Dublin
Above the Fold in collaboration with Palate, Dublin

Press:

75 : 25 Women in Design 

Culture Night Design Picks

Celebrating Culture Night in Galway 

Above the Fold on Galway Culture Night 2016:

 

We are hugely appreciative of every donation - big or small! 

If you can't afford to donate, please share our campaign so you can help make Above the Fold 2017 a reality. 

Kickstarter video courtesy of Cian Brennan

Risks and challenges

Above the Fold has been running for 365 days, with minimum financial support. We hosted events that cost absolutely nothing to organise, and others that have cost us time, effort and an overdrawn bank account.

But we don't want to volunteer anymore. We want our designers to get paid, we want our speakers to get fed, watered and appreciated. And more than anything, we want Above the Fold to thrive so we can hire a team of event managers, designers and staff that will strive to support and celebrate the creative community in Ireland.

We will persevere with this event, but we need your help to make this a reality by donating as little or as much as you can.

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    Your name in digital

    Pledge a fiver and we will immortalise your donation in data on the Above the Fold website.

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    Your name in print

    We're saying thank you by featuring every single backer (who donates €10 or more) in print on our event brochure and in digital on our website.

    Print rewards expire on Friday April 24th, when our brochure goes to print.

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    A coffee and cake on Above the Fold

    Enjoy a Coffee and cake from Coffeewerk + Press on Quay Street + your name in digital.

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    Above the Fold thank you note

    To thank you for your goodwill - we'll sign, seal and deliver a personal thank you note to the address of your choice + your name in digital.

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    Totes

    The ever talented Lucas Garvey AKA Moukgi whipped up some wonderful totes, all yours for a score + your name in digital.

    Can be collected at the conference.

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    After Love by Dani Gill

    Snap up a signed copy of Dani Gill's beautiful poetry book 'After Love', designed by Finbar 247.

    "Dani Gill's poems are like suitcases to be unpacked, word by word, until there is nothing left but the feeling of a feeling. A lasting debut".
    Simon Van Booy

    + your name in digital.

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    Pledge €25 or more About $27

    Above the Fold shopping spree

    Industry Lifestyle & Design Store have kindly offered us a spending spree (of up to €25) for two lucky Above the Fold backers.

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    Above the Fold limited print

    Reminisce on your time at Above the Fold by hanging one of Moukgi's signed Above the Fold prints above your fireplace - 35 smackers + RGB.

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    Life is suite!

    Complimentary access to the Above the Fold Creative conference and after-party. The next day you can wind down at the Radisson Hotel's Thermal Suite (available for one year).

    Includes:
    • Entry to Above the Fold by Night
    • Day pass to the Thermal Suite at the Radisson Hotel & Spa, Galway
    • Entry to Above the Fold Creative Conference
    • Your name in digital
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    VIP

    Full access to the Above the Fold green room, enjoy dinner with speakers from the day and attend the Above the Fold by Night after-party.

    Includes:
    • Entry to Above the Fold Creative Conference
    • Above the Fold celebratory dinner
    • Entry to Above the Fold by Night
    • Your name in digital
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    'Seasaw' by Deirdre Breen

    Deirdre Breen is a graphic designer and printmaker. Her 'Seasaw' print is an exploration of shape and form and an adventure in colour. Inspired by seascapes and undulations.

    Deirdre's print will be framed at The Frame Shop, Galway, and can be delivered to your address upon request.

    Also includes Your name in digital.

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    Above and Beyond the Fold

    To thank you for your sincere gratitude and support we're offering a Friends for Life membership. Free entry to all of our future events and a two page spread on our 2018 brochure.

    Also includes Your name in digital.

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Funding period

- (16 days)