As it celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2018, the Institute of Creative Advertising and Design (ICAD) has outlined a series of events and initiatives which will take place during the year to mark its anniversary.
While the highlight of the year will be the ICAD Awards ceremony which will Friday, May 25 at Christchurch, Dublin, it has pencilled in a number of other notable events including:
ICAD60 Finale Event: Details of this ICAD 60 “wrap-up” event in November will be announced later in the year.
ICAD Upstarts: Provides new and emerging talent with a platform to present their work to industry peers. Applications open in June and the programme commences in late August.
ICADemy: A continuing Creative Development Programme held throughout the year and providing attendees with the tools to reach creative excellence.
Portfolio Lab: Aimed at aspiring creatives with an advertising or design portfolio, this annual event is of most benefit to recent graduates and final year students of any creative discipline (advertising, animation, design, media, technology courses etc.).
ICAD Symposium: A Call for Papers will be issued shortly for a symposium examining the origins and progress of the Irish advertising and design industries, with specific focus on their influence on societal change.
ICAD General Events Programme: Began in January with Creative Shorts, running from now until the year end, including collaborations such as ICAD’s presence at The Future.
According to Elaine McDevitt, managing director, ICAD: “This year, we will be continuing to serve our mission statement – through our awards; with events; the continued roll out of our ICADemy workshops; through partnerships; and with celebration, not just of the legacy of the industry in terms of creative excellence but in terms of societal significance.
“We will be ringing the bells of change. It’s what we’ve always done. Long before buzzwords were invented, this industry created, designed and innovated, leading the way in so many aspects of Irish society and culture. And throughout, ICAD fostered, promoted, and rewarded all of these achievements. We’re looking forward to an engaging and empowering ICAD 60 year.”
“ICAD’s mission has always been to Foster, Promote and Reward creative excellence, and that aim is just as relevant today as it was back in 1958. While the industry and society have changed greatly over the past 60 years, the importance of creativity remains constant,” according to Rory Hamilton, ICAD President and partner and executive creative director at Boys and Girls.