PORTFOLIO actively works to grow the reputations and potential of makers across all major disciplines of contemporary craft. Featured makers are those producing innovative objects, either one-off pieces or limited editions, and working to high standards of design quality and technical skill.
PORTFOLIO actively works to grow the reputations and potential of makers across all major disciplines of contemporary craft. Featured makers are those producing innovative objects, either one-off pieces or limited editions, and working to high standards of design quality and technical skill. Selected by an international expert panel, PORTFOLIO currently showcases contemporary work by over 120 of Ireland’s most renowned makers across the following disciplines: Ceramics, Jewellery, Glass, Metals, Paper, Textiles, Calligraphy, Furniture, Woodwork, Basketry, Fashion and Stone.
Critical Selection is a biennial publication of the leading edge of Irish contemporary craft in a world-class context. This volume is published by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland in order to increase awareness and understanding of top Irish makers and their work, particularly among Irish and international collectors, galleries, commissioning bodies and museums.
28 makers were selected for PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2017-2018. The judging panel were: Gregory Parsons, a UK-based freelance curator, exhibition designer and product developer; Dr. Maureen Bampton, Director of the Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool and Suzanne Macdougald, Founder and Director of Solomon Gallery from 1982 to 2008 and Solomon Fine Art from 2011 to 2014. The panel was joined by Deirdre McQuillan, The Irish Times’ Fashion Editor, for the fashion selection.
The publication and accompanying exhibition, “Narratives in Making” launched in the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny in May 2017. The show will travel to the Ruthin Craft Centre in Wales and will be on view from the 22 July to the 24 September 2017.
PORTFOLIO is used by curators and galleries to source makers and work. Some recent examples include:
+ Since 2015, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre in Co. Kerry has invited numerous makers to participate in solo and group craft exhibitions during the summer months.
+ As part of Irish Design 2015, we collaborated with Solomon Fine Art and The Doyle Collection holding a year-long series of discipline based exhibitions in a dedicated gallery space in The Westbury Mall, Dublin. Images from the first show, Ceramics, can be seen here
+ From 2011-2014, a selection of curated work was shown annually at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin. These exhibitions showcased high quality contemporary design and craft objects within the context of a fine art commercial environment.
The reach with our PORTFOLIO programme has been extending significantly over the last number of years. We work closely with the National Museum of Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs running two joint purchase funds. This has meant that contemporary design and craft features strongly in the National Museum of Ireland’s decorative arts collections and is showcased in a number of Irish embassies around the world. The full list of acquisitions with the National Museum of Ireland, the Contemporary Collection of Design & Craft, can be viewed here
For further information on PORTFOLIO, contact: Ciara Garvey, Development Manager, Collector & Tourism Programmes, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Castle Yard, Kilkenny. Email: email@example.com / Tel: (056) 7796137 / Facebook
Collector & Tourism Programme
Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
Castle Yard, Kilkenny
T. (056) 7796137