I’ve lost count at how many events I’ve organized for the students of DIT. I think it was around 32ish if memory serves correctly. I ran parties, workshops, charity events,festivals, exhibitions, talks and masterclasses & after sesh-es.
I tried to bring new things to the college and last year I founded the DIT Art & Design Society and was Operations Manager for the DIT Reel Soc(Film society). I put alot of work and love into my events and team and was absolutely delirah with the outcome.
Last year I was honored to win 7 awards in the college for a range of society events. I represented DIT at the national finals at the Board of Irish College Societies.
DIT SOCIETY AWARDS 2015
*BEST INDIVIDUAL (Diarmuid Cleary)
*BEST NEW SOCIETY (Chairperson – Art&Design Soc)
*BEST EVENT (Event Director – DIT Film Festival)
*BEST SOCIETY ( Operations Manager – Reel Soc)
*BEST VIDEO (Video Director – Art & Design Soc)
*BEST CULTURAL ARTS SOC ( Operations Manger – Reel Soc)
DIT SOCIETY END OF YEAR BBQ
*MOST VISIBLE SOCIETY ( Chairperson – Art & Design Soc)
1# DIT FILM FESTIVAL
DIT Film Festival was the first special event I directed in 2014 in collaboration with Cormac Dunne and the Reel Soc ( + some Art&Design heads)
We put this event together in about three weeks and managed to attract several hundred attendees. We organized several workshops,screenings and social events while our main event was the LOVE / HATE special.We invited writer Stuart Carolan, director David Caffrey, cinematographer Ciaran Tanham and Actor Kieron came in for a talk and discussion three days after the controversial finale. The event was a total success attracting national media attention for DIT Societies and the response from students was fantastic. Several DIT students made connections on the night and later ended up working with some of the LOVE/HATE crew.
The DIT Film Festival won the best event at DIT Societies Awards 2015.
2# ANNIE MAC
When I heard Annie Mac was playing in Dublin a few weeks I decided to chance trying to get her in for a talk about her career.For those who dont know Annie Mac is the biggest Irish DJ in the world, has a primetime slot on BBC Radio 1, runs a music festival, a tv presenter and runs her own label and event company.
After dozens of emails and phone calls Annie agreed to come in to give a talk before her sold gig in The Academy. The event was packed and hosted by former DIT Grads Graham & Nathan (Spin 103).
After the amazing talk everyone in the crowd got a free ticket to her set that night.
3# ART&DESIGN CASTLEPALOOZA TAKEOVER
We hosted two rooms at Castlepalooza Music & Arts Festival teaching people different crafts,banging out disco tunes and painting faces.
We managed to raise over €550 toward the Berkely tragedy and promoted our society nationally.
#4 DIT MEDIA & ARTS AWARDS
The brainchild of Rachel O Brien from News Soc. I worked with Rachel and two other societies to host the first ever DIT media awards. my duties included branding, promotion and securing hosts. The idea was to recognize and award some of the great work produced by the hundreds of media students DIT has in Aungier St.
The event sold out and the night was a great success with several DIT students their first ever awards.
5# END OF YEAR VIBES
For our end of year party we wanted to finish a high note so students would remember our society the following year.
As summertime was approaching we organized a festival decor workshops were students could make costumes, headcrowns or other cool arty stuff. We(Tara) managed to get in Viral star Dano Mc Cormack to come and say hello.
We worked with Boojum who generously sponsored our limbo competition providing free vouchers for all who dared to go under the fairly lights. Details of what happened later are best kept off the internet the onsite event was a total sucess.
6# DEADLY EXHIBITION
I curated the Deadly Exhibition with my pal Taz and with sweet deisgn work by Zie Kirk and Joanna Zimnoch.
The idea was to have a space were students could showcase their work and interact. This was one of the first major exhibitions by DIT Societies in recent years.
Over 50 students from 4 campuses submitted work for the event with a mixture of prints, paintings, 3d work, photography and performance art. We asked the DIT Samba Society to showcase during it to a huge crowd and roaring applause. The DIT DJ Society provided music afterwards. Some students managed to sell work and network with industry professionals.
7# A&D MAD HATTERS
When I first told people our society was having a an meeting to talk about future plans the response was poor. The vast majority of students dont care about meetings they simply want a bitta crack in their free time. To combat this we decdided to run a themed agm based on MAD HATTERS. Everyone who came had to wear a hat or you couldn’t get in, this resulted in dozens of crazy hats being handmade.
Over 50 students came and boogied down in the Blackbox theatre.
8# POP-UP SHOP
For the societies Xmas appeal the Art&Design Society opened up a pop-up shop in both northside and southside campuses. Our committee made tie dyed t-shirts, artwork, prints and other pieces we sold with 100% of money made going to charity.
9# GALWAY VIBES
The Art&Design Soc went on a arts trip down to Galway for a night of crafts and crack. We made mad masks and went to a silent disco.
10# WINE & CANS
I organized loads of different workshops to engage students in different issues. One of these was recycling materials to create something new. This was to encourage students to think about the environment and re-using old wine bottles and cans of beer to make decorations and candle holders
11# ALTERNATIVE VALENTINES NIGHT
Not everyone wants to celebrate valentines day by having over-priced dinner and spending a fortune on gifts. We ran a screening of Silence Of The Lambs and supplied the audience with dozens of Mc Donalds hamburgers.