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 he Artesania Catalunya in Barcelona where it was on show from May 30th – July 31st 2019. It is currently on show at the National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny 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
For further information on PORTFOLIO, contact: Ciara Garvey, Development Manager, Collector & Tourism Programmes, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Castle Yard, Kilkenny. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel: (056) 7796137 / Instagram
Collector & Tourism Programme
Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
Castle Yard, Kilkenny
T. (056) 7796137