Nate Williams

We spent a great weekend in Dublin at the beginning of October for the OFFSET conference, organised by Richard Seabrooke, Bren Byrne and Peter O’Dwyer, who did the most amazing job. We attended on the Saturday as Darren was on the panel for the ‘Getting Noticed and Staying Busy’ discussion in the afternoon, having spent Friday exploring some of the city and meeting up with Darren’s relatives.

The Main Stage was host to a number of inspirational speakers over the three days, including Steven Heller, the Wooster Collective, Nate Williams, Mark Farrow, Daniel Eatock, Studio AKA and David Carson. Unfortunately we had an early flight back home on Sunday morning, so missed out on some cool talks and discussions on the Sunday, including one by Gary Baseman. Gary was, however, to be seen around and about on Saturday, accompanied by Toby.

After listening to Nate Williams and Steve Heller on Saturday morning,  we were treated to a showing of the Spike Jonze film, ‘I’m Here’, during lunch. In the afternoon, we sat in on the group discussion about street art, ‘The Printed Street’. Then Darren, Nate, Eddie Gardner (Tequila Ireland) and Steve Simpson (award-winning illustrator) were in the Second Room for the panel discussion ‘Getting noticed and staying busy!’, moderated by Padhraig Nolan (AKA Scalder).

I have to mention that the venue for the conference was a very impressive new building, the Grand Canal Theatre, the final addition to the regenerated area of Grand Canal Square situated on the canal docks. It was an excellent choice for OFFSET, very spacious and with decent bars!

A big thank you to Bren and co. for the invitation and (assuming there will be another OFFSET in 2011?) we would highly recommend a you keep a look out for the next OFFSET and book your tickets to see and hear some of the big names in art, design and illustration today!

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