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  • Brewbot 451 Ormeau Road Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT7 3GQ United Kingdom (map)

£4 Students /£8 General admission



Our region has a wealth of talent and this event celebrates emerging and established designers from a variety of design disciplines. At HomeGrown we want to celebrate our local designers to inspire a new generation of talent and have invited them provide a series of inspirational talks.

We are delighted to have the following creatives join us for HomeGrown:

Colin Williams; Creative Director at Sixteen South

Derek Wilson, Owner & Maker at Derek Wilson Ceramics

Kathryn, Film Director & Fashion Film Research Fellow

Paul Kelly, Design Director at Wandering Bear

HomeGrown will be hosted by Sara O'Neill, Illustrator & Stylist

Unfortunately Danni Barry is no longer able to able to join us for HomeGrown, due to circumstances beyond her control. 


Colin Williams

Founder & Creative Director, Sixteen South Television Visiting Professor, Ulster University School of Art

An EMMY® nominated and BAFTA winning producer, Colin is passionate about creating and producing quality television for children in every part of the world and his shows can be seen on networks across the globe.

A creative, graduating with a first class degree in Design, Colin spent his early career in advertising followed by seven years of running his award winning commercial production house, Inferno in Belfast. With a passion for storytelling, Colin founded Sixteen South in 2007 to make world-class television for children all over the world. Colin is the Creative Director and Showrunner on all of Sixteen South’s productions while also leading the company’s development team. In the last eight years, Sixteen South has gained an international reputation for top quality work and exceptional storytelling, and has already created and already produced over 300 episodes of award winning children’s television for broadcasters around the world.

Colin has partnered with some of the biggest names in television on his shows including: Sesame Tree, a new version of Sesame Street for CBeebies in partnership with Sesame Workshop, Big City Park, a coproduction with BBC Scotland, for CBeebies, and the BAFTA award winning Big & Small in partnership with Kindle Entertainment, also for CBeebies.


Derek Wilson

Ceramicist & owner at Derek Wilson Ceramics

Derek Wilson established his studio after graduating with an MA in Fine & Applied Arts. He introduced his tableware range to support and complement his sculptural objects. His pieces are sold in Ireland, UK, France, Switzerland and Japan.

His practice as a ceramicist centres on the making of a diverse range of contemporary objects – from the functional to the sculptural. He always starts with the same process, the potter’s wheel being his predominant tool, but Derek’s work is never static or fixed and in some ways reflects the multifarious identities of contemporary ceramics – a twenty-first century hybridization of studio potter and conceptual artist.

Ideas spring from a complex blending of the abstract to the familiar, evident in both the functional ware and sculpture that he makes. The objects, in their colour, shape and materiality, reference the ideas of restraint, containment and minimalism. Derek’s search for a simplicity of form draws inspiration upon a diverse range of sources from mid-century British Constructivism to the history of the ceramic industry in Europe and Asia. He works in celadon glazed porcelain and stoneware and his objects, whether they are made to be used or not, tend to be placed in groupings – evoking communality and sociability. Derek aims to push the boundaries of a traditional and diverse artform through playing with its aesthetics, materiality and processes. Fundamentally, Derek’s work is essentially made to be used in everyday life.


Kathryn Ferguson

Award-winning Film Director, Selfridges Resident Film Director & Fashion Film Research Fellow, currently living and working in London.

Belfast born Kathryn Ferguson has made many films for fashion designers, international brands and musicians including Chloé, Selfridges, Vogue, Air France, Dev Hynes & Neneh Cherry, Nike, Sinead O’Connor, Sony, Lady Gaga and SHOWstudio. Kathryn creatively re-imagines storytelling by stretching the conventions of cinéma vérité. Her work is focused around creating more positive representations of women, identity and diverse casting within fashion, music and advertising. Her films have been screened globally at film festivals around the world and on platforms such as MTV, Dazed Digital, Nowness, Twin, the BBC, Vogue Video and appeared on BOF’s Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season. Film festivals, screenings and group shows include OneDotZero, the Berlinale, the V&A, ASVOFF at the Pompidou Centre,

As well as working as a freelance director, Kathryn works in-house as the Resident Film Director & Consultant for Selfridges, where she directs and oversees all moving image content for the brand. She also works as a Fashion Film Research Fellow at London College of Fashion & a Visiting Practitioner at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and the Royal College of Art.

In conjunction with her filmmaking practice, Kathryn also works as a Curator. She began curating the annual Birds Eye View Film Festival’s ‘Fashion Loves Film’ strand at the Institute of Contemporary Arts & British Film Institute in 2008 where it continued until 2013. Since then she has been working with the British Council & The British Fashion Council as a curator specialising in the emerging genre of fashion film.

Paul Kelly

Design Director, Wandering Bear

Paul has a broad experience of working with brands in many sectors, his knowledge is based in strong design process – whether applying complex identity systems across a chain of hotels, developing packaging for games, creating user interfaces for engaging experiences – he is committed to communication that inspires and enables. His work has been recognised and awarded by industry peers.

Paul has a broad experience of working with brands in many sectors, his knowledge is based in strong design process – whether applying complex identity systems across a chain of hotels, developing packaging for games, creating user interfaces for engaging experiences – he is committed to communication that inspires and enables. His work has been recognised and awarded by his industry peers.

Having completed his degree at the National College of Art and Design, Paul began his design career in Dublin, with Carton LeVert. Following a year with Parkhouse in Melbourne, Australia, Paul returned to Belfast to take up design roles firstly with Positive Design and then AV Browne – one of Ireland’s leading Design and Advertising groups – where he was responsible for brand management through both their Belfast and Dublin offices.

Paul has worked on major design projects including; RSPB, The Princes' Teaching Institute, Leaders' Quest, Rory's Story Cubes, Hastings Hotels, Invest NI, InterTradeIreland, Irwins, Meath Tourism, Project Arts Centre, Trans Festival


Sara O’Neill

Illustrator & Stylist

Drawing has been an obsession for Sara from a young age. A few years ago, inspired by her work in the fashion industry, she turned her hand to illustration, and quickly had her work published in magazines and in ad campaigns. Sara works predominantly in pencil, often exaggerating the interplay between light and shadow, and adding soft washes of colour to bring the images to life.

Most recently Sara has combined her two passions- fashion and art- with her love of the coast to create a range of luxury printed textiles.Beloved of musicians and models, artists and A-listers, ÉADACH is influenced by Ireland’s cultural heritage and blends Sara’s signature pencil drawings with abstract imagery and coastal colours to create richly coloured contemporary patterns, printed on silk or linen, a nod to Ireland’s textile history. The outcome is a precious piece of wearable art- limited edition scarves, kimonos, dresses. In the words of Oscar Wilde, ‘One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art’.

Since graduating from the University of Ulster, Belfast with a BA Hons in Fashion and Textiles almost ten years ago, Sara has established herself as NI's top stylist with a host of ad campaigns, magazine editorials and catwalk shows to her name.