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In Conversation With Ben Harte

In Conversation With Ben Harte written by Sarah CK All Rights Reserved © Void Magazine Sarah CK

Ben Harte and I met up for a much-needed coffee mid-way through a Wednesday workday, sitting outside with our cups to keep ourselves awake. Ben Harte is a production and set designer originating from Meath and currently based in Dublin. He’s worked with and for a long list of well-known artists and brands such as Declan McKenna, Efe, Pellador FC, and Dickies. On top of this, Ben is also the current art director for Thrust Collective. A passion project he speaks about with such warmth I almost forgot about our decision to sit outside in mid-November.

Thrust Collective began back in 2019, with a fall in club and creative spaces and a rise in hotel rooms. The group was formed with the intention of finding space, but throughout its development, it has instead become a space itself. Welcoming and collaborating with artists from all over Ireland to create and market the event. Using satirical twists for their themes such as ‘ Braywatch’ and ‘Babestation’ they often create video work and photoshoots before the events and include installation during the night. Inviting guests to dress up and interact with the night on a whole new level involves each person in Thrust’s production. Ben tells me that although he has a degree in Art Management, production design was never something he had studied. So Thrust alongside being an opportunity for other creatives to work and learn together was also Ben’s opportunity to learn.

Before thrust was born, Ben did begin to notice the importance of design as a child beginning with acting and modelling.This meant a lot of time keeping himself entertained by observing what was happening behind the camera. Ben tells me it’s this constant entertainment that keeps him in production, whether its construction, sketching, styling, or sourcing there’s not much space left for disinterest.

With the cold starting to get to us and our free lunchtime hour up Ben filled me in on some upcoming projects before it was time to stack our cups and go. Over the next while Ben will have a new music video with Efe and a separate project with Rob de Boer released. To have a look at these you can find Ben on Instagram @ben.harte and to make sure you get a ticket for Thrust’s next event you can find them @thrustcollective.

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