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What we have done:

  • Art Direction
  • Print Design
  • Environmental Design

In these strange and unprecedented times, to quote all emails sent from April to June 2020, there was no real way to know if there could be a Dublin Fringe Festival in the year of COVID-19. Life and work on hold, plans, and ideas shelved.

However Dublin Fringe Festival persevered as only Dublin Fringe Festival and its artists could. Fringe termed the festival their Pilot Light Edition and pledged to Keep Her Lit. Restrictions implemented to curb the spread of the disease were approached as artistic constraints rather than a reason to give up, and a festival full of physical performances for audiences (as intimate as were possible) combined with novel approaches to digital presentation of theatre carried on in a resilient display of artistic spirit.

The approach for the photography changed tack from previous years also. Working with fashion photographer Ellius Grace, renowned in particular for his portraiture, our photography focused on extreme close-ups that suggested the intimacy missing in a year defined by distancing. Both subjects are captured in vulnerable states of bliss and play, respectively.

Portraits of the artists graced the cover of the brochure — Karen on the front and Kevin on the rear— which was otherwise unadorned. Instead, the festival’s title and dates were printed on a transparent dust jacket which hugged the brochure. Thematically, the artists and their inspirational light were burning through this semi-obscuring veil; physically the jackets made for a beautiful artefact, unique to this most challenging of years. Inside, the brochure adhered to a strict stylistic minimalism diet of just three colours: purple, dark grey and white (aside from photography, obviously), a marked contrast from the colour coded array presented in 2019.

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