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  • Ulster Museum 19 Stranmillis Rd Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT9 5AB United Kingdom (map)

Design Camp is our feature conference at Belfast’s historical Ulster Museum, showcasing some of the best local and international design talent. 

From graphic design and illustration to textile design and TV & Film, we will hear from some of the design industry’s most vibrant individuals and companies telling us their stories and sharing their projects and their expertise. This year’s Belfast Design Week conference theme is ‘Future Heritage’ and all of our speakers will be sharing their thoughts on this topic. 


Speakers include:

Nick Gazin

Art Editor at VICE Magazine

Nicholas Gazin is an artist who was born on July 29th, 1983 in New York City. He uses watercolors, colored pencil, acrylic and ink to produce drawings and paintings that are heavily influenced by comics, advertising, movie posters, psychedelia, memories and things that scared him as a child. 

He’s been writing, illustrating, hosting video content, and curating the comics and illustrations for Vice in varying capacities since 2006. His current title at Vice is art editor. Through promotion of rock shows and DJing he became involved with various New York music scenes, drawing pictures that were used for flyers, posters, T-shirts and album covers. He’s best known for illustrations he’s done for popular music acts including Wavves, Run The Jewels, Mac DeMarco, Sky Ferreira, Cerebral Ballzy, Diiv and some others. Nicholas Gazin currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

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Stephen Maurice Graham


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Stephen is an illustrator and comic artist living in Belfast. Over the years he has worked with a variety of international clients like Google, Apple, Nike, Ogilvy, Vans and The Washington Post on a variety of commercial and editorial projects and closer to home with organisations like Cathedral Quarter Trust and Belfast One.

He has a regular spot on VICE working on comics from which a book, ‘Michael’ was published by Space Face Books in late 2016. He is currently working on a new series to be published next year.

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Pamela Smyth

Hair & Make-Up Design for Film & TV


Pamela Smyth is one of most respected and requested make up designers working in TV and film in the UK. Her faultless precision, total professionalism and sharp wit make her a firm favourite on set with everyone from actors, directors and producers to her team of trainees and make up assistants whom she manages and mentors.

With over 30 years’ experience, Emmy award winning Pamela maintains an active role within the industry working with her team on a mixture of studio produced feature films and independent productions for cinema and television.  Pam has recently finished as Head of Crowd Make up on Game of Thrones season 8 and has worked on the award-winning show since the pilot. Her more recent work as Hair and Make-up Designer include The Fall, Harley & The Davidsons for The Discover Channel and The Frankenstein Chronicles for ITV.

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Aideen McCole

Curator at 100 Archive


Founded in 2012, 100 Archive is a platform for the Irish graphic design community at home and abroad, committed to developing, discussing and, in time, preserving contemporary visual communication. Through an open submission process the organisation creates an annual archive that captures important and distinctive graphic design reflecting the work of the industry and its social context and it creates a forum for both what is happening in design now and what our future holds.

Aideen McCole is a curator and cultural producer specialised in contemporary design and architecture. She has worked with 100 Archive since 2015 on its online content, real world activity, partnerships and strategic development. She was a founding director of POST Design Festival, Copenhagen and is a curator at the Irish Architecture Foundation.

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Síofra Caherty

Designer at Jump The Hedges, Activist & Educator

Síofra Caherty is a designer, activist and educator based in Belfast. She has worked with the likes of Adidas, ThreeAsFour, Game of Thrones and Levi's throughout her design career. She established sustainable design studio Jump The Hedges in 2016 in response to a lack of eco conscious carry equipment available on the market. Jump The Hedges has evolved in to a platform for zero waste activism and living. Síofra has recently returned from a ten week research trip funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust across Europe and North America. The research focused on businesses, organisations and individuals that are trailblazing the use of zero waste and sustainable practices to grow and inform their work. As well as being a Winston Churchill Fellow for 2018 Síofra was a Future Maker of Ireland Award winner in both 2015 and 2016.