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.

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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.

 

PORTFOLIO is used by curators and galleries to source makers and work. Some recent examples include:

 

+ 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

 

+ Cill Rialaig Arts Centre in Co. Kerry has invited numerous makers to participate in solo and group craft exhibitions in 2015 and 2016.

 

+ 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.

 

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.

 

The 22 makers featured in PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2015-2016 were selected for achieving excellence in design and craftsmanship by comparative international standards. They were chosen by an independent expert panel: Christina Jansen, Director of The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh; Grant Gibson, editor of CRAFTS magazine, curator and writer and Antoinette Murphy, founder and former Director of the Peppercannister Gallery, Dublin. The panel was joined by Constance Harris, fashion editor of the Sunday Independent and LIFE magazine for the fashion selection.

 

The Critical Selection 2015-2016 publication and exhibition launched in March 2015 at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny. A version of the show toured to the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris in June 2015. Both exhibitions were curated by Christina Jansen and were well received. The Paris show introduced most of the Irish makers to a new audience and was very positively reviewed by Le Monde.

 

The publication is distributed to galleries, museums and collectors nationally and internationally. Designed by Atelier David Smith, it was awarded a bronze bell at the Institute of Creative Advertising and Design Awards 2016.

 

For further information on PORTFOLIO, contact: Ciara Garvey, Development Manager, Collector & Tourism Programmes, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Castle Yard, Kilkenny. Email: ciara@dccoi.ie Tel: (056) 7796137.

 

Contact Details:

Ciara Garvey
Development Manager,
Collector & Tourism Programme
Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
Castle Yard, Kilkenny

T. (056) 7796137
E. ciara@dccoi.ie