Taking place this Thursday 30th April in the Sugar Club is Candy Collective’s SweetTalk (the 34th one to take place in Dublin).
The line up of speakers for Thursday’s event are:
As you can see form the line up above, this SweetTalk is an Illustration special. I’ve been to a couple of the SweetTalks before, and they never dissappoint – in fact each one seems to have more and more people attending. So i’d advise to buy your tickets before hand here.
Candy Collective was originally set up by Richard Seabrooke in 2005 with the aim of showcasing exceptional creativity – from Ireland and abroad. It has since grown to being run by a core group of people, including irish photographer Aidan Kelly. What started as the odd design talk held in Dublin, grew to nationwide events and there have also been SweetTalk events in NYC and abroad (they even had a tent at Electric Picnic two years ago, fingers crossed its back this year!). Candy also produces Candy Magazine, which is now in it’s 11th issue – this free online pdf magazine is well worth a read.
I first came across Candy Collective when I was still in college – and it was great to see people pushing exposure of Irish designers / artists, across an easily accessible platform. At the time I didnt really think there was much going on at all in the Irish design scene, and any inspiring designers whose work I loved were’nt irish, but also any talks by major desingers took place in the UK and further afield. Since my first read of the magazine I’ve been introduced to the work of so many brillant irish photographers, illustrators, designers and studios, and I can safely say my view of the irish design industry since I was in college has changed dramitically!
Candy Collective has done a great job at promoting irish talent, and has also brought to our shores some insanely talented artists (and some legdends) from all over the world to speak at the various SweetTalk events. Past speakers include: Adrian Shaughnessy, Stefan Sagmeister, Chris Judge, Jon Burgerman, Hort and many many more.
I always leave a SweetTalk event feeling inspired and motivated to go home and get working producing creative work in my own spare time, and no doubt on Thursday I’ll leave feeling the same way!