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 almost 150 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.
24 makers were selected for PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2019-2020. The judging panel were: Liz Cooper, Development Manager, Design-Nation UK; Johan Valcke, Founder of Design Flanders and Owner of Valcke Art Gallery, Ghent, Belgium and Kim Mawhinney, Head of Art, National Museums of Northern Ireland.
The publication and accompanying exhibition, “Surface Matters” launched at The Coach House in Dublin Castle on February 21st and ran until May 19th. It toured to the Artesania Catalunya in Barcelona from May 30th to July 31st 2019 and then at the National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny from November 22nd 2019 until February 24th 2020.
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
NEWS: National Museum of Ireland/Design & Crafts Council Ireland Covid-19 Commission
In 2020, the National Museum of Ireland (NMI) and Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI), as a key part of their continued strong support for contemporary craft and design in Ireland, wish to jointly commission a piece of work, by way of competition, in response to the current Covid-19 crisis. The finished work, envisaged as being created as a personal response to the pandemic, will sit alongside the Contemporary Collection of Design and Craft at the National Museum of Ireland. The object will be a tangible remembrance of this unprecedented year, inviting future museum audiences to reflect on their own experiences.
Works in all craft disciplines are being invited, including collaborative work. Works which are already in progress or have recently been completed, and are in response to Covid-19, may also be considered.
The Contemporary Collection of Design and Craft (CCDC) was established in 2003 to collect contemporary high-quality works from Ireland’s leading designer-makers by the National Museum of Ireland in order to preserve tomorrow’s antiques for future generations. The collection, jointly funded by the National Museum of Ireland and Design & Crafts Council Ireland, complements and enhances the NMI’s existing collection of Ireland’s portable heritage.
How to apply
The DCCI/NMI Covid-19 commission is open to makers who are registered with Design & Crafts Council Ireland. Full-time staff members of DCCI are not eligible to apply.
The online application is available here:
Applicants are required to submit:
- A proposal outlining what they intend to make, including timeframe
- A financial breakdown of costs associated in the making of the work
- Digital images and/or videos of current work practice
Judges will assess applications in terms of:
- Quality of proposal
- Evidence of maker’s artistic ambition, the artistic quality, challenge of the proposal
- Judges’ confidence in ability of maker to realise their proposal based on maker’s track record
- Judges’ confidence in ability of maker to realise their proposal based on quality of the financial breakdown
- Potential of how this proposal will be of benefit to the understanding of the Covid pandemic for future generations
- Each of the above categories will be scored out of 10.
Applications will be judged by a panel comprised of representatives from the NMI and Jean Blanchaert, gallerist, curator, journalist and artist. Jean is the Director of Galleria Blanchaert in Milan and curated the ‘Best in Europe’ pavilion at Homo Faber 2018 in Venice.
Funding of up to €15,000 is available for this commission. 70% of the awarded funds will be paid following the awarding of the commission with the remaining 30% paid on completion and delivery of the finished piece.
- Deadline for submission of applications: Friday September 25th 2020
- Announcement and allocation of 70% of funding: end October 2020
- Final work to be completed before: Summer 2021
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 / Instagram
Collector & Tourism Programme
Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
Castle Yard, Kilkenny
T. (056) 7796137