The first stage of the competition was on the 30th of May 2018.

The website launch was on the 18th of June 2018.

All entries had to be provided by the 9th October 2018. 

Entries informed of panel selection on the 21st of January 2019.

Public exhibition of six designs 22nd - 29th March 2019.

01
30th May 2018
Creative Community
Ideas Generation
STAGE 1

Initial launch of the competition was on the 30th of May 2018 in Garter Lane Art Centre between 2-4pm. The workshop was attended by 50 people. Attendance reflected a good mix of people who work, live and use the local area for diverse activities. There were 5 local residents and 15 people who worked in the area, including small business owners and attendees from a local health centre and the local library. The remainder of the attendees were members and participants of local community groups with diverse ages, cultural backgrounds and abilities who engage in activities in the area at least once a week. The workshop was open for anyone to attend but had a limited capacity of 50 attendees. 

Over the summer months up to and including national Culture Night on the 21st of September, and to the 9th of October Creative Community Ideas could be submitted on-line to info@designchallenegwaterford.com -

During Stage 1 multi-disciplinary designers submited expressions of interest to work on developing design solutions.

02
9th of October 2018
21st of Janaury 2019
Evaluation of
short-listed submissions 
STAGE 2

A support desk was held on Friday 21st September with a workshop on the 2nd of October 2-4pm in Garter Lane Arts Center for users interested in finding out how to access support filling in the EOI form. The final date for submission entries was the 9th of October 2018. Once received the Partners made checks to determine suitability for funding of the ideas for the community competition. 

A national team of judges from multi-disciplinary groups selected 6 individual ideas that could be linked to community groups in the Cultural Quarter. Then they  where matched to professional designers interested in working with the projects. The finished design solutions received funding of €500 per selected idea. The designers with WIT design staff and design students will present and showcase their Design Solutions proposals during the month of March for public consultation and feedback. An exhibition period will allow a further period of time for  public feedback and engagement with the wider community. Opportunity for a public vote will be considered as part of panel deliberations. 

03
November 2018
Design Solutions
Project review and completion
STAGE 3

The winning Design Solution proposal will be offered an activation fund of €2,500 to develop an action and implementation plan of between 6 weeks and 3 months. The final project will be invited to exhibit models and implementation proposals in Garter Lane Arts Centre in January 2019, delivering a tangible and measurable outcome to the community.