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.


DCCI is delighted to launch an Open Call for membership  of Portfolio 2021–2022.


Now in its 15th year, DCCI’s Portfolio programme is a select group of Ireland’s most talented designers and craftspeople. Inclusion is recognition that you are among a group of practitioners creating work of a standard to be considered worthy by museums, renowned galleries, and discerning collectors.


In recent years, the Portfolio programme has been used by a wide variety of curators and bodies including:

  • The curators from the Michelangelo Foundation for selecting makers for the ‘Best in Europe’ exhibition at Homo Faber, Venice. Eight makers were selected from the programme for the 2018 edition. More makers are being considered for the next edition in 2021.
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade for commissioning and acquiring works for Irish consulates and embassies worldwide
  • The National Museum of Ireland for acquiring work for the permanent collection in the Decorative Arts Division in Collins Barracks, Dublin

The deadline for application is Friday 9th April 2021.


For full information on PORTFOLIO and the RDS Irish Craft Bursary visit DCCI.ie




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


**Silversmith Annemarie Reinhold selected for prestigious commission in response to COVID-19**


Cork-based silversmith Annemarie Reinhold has been selected to create a sculptural piece in response to the Covid-19 crisis. The finished work will join the National Museum of Ireland’s permanent collection, as part of its Contemporary Collection of Design and Craft. This commission will help capture the essence of this unique time in our history, for future generations.


The judging panel for this initiative comprised representatives from the National Museum of Ireland and Jean Blanchaert, Director of Galleria Blanchaert in Milan, and curator of the ‘Best in Europe’ pavilion at Homo Faber 2018 in Venice.


A graduate of NCAD, Bishopsland Educational Trust in the UK and the DCCI Jewellery Skills Course, Kilkenny, Annemarie Reinhold uses traditional silversmithing techniques to make sculptural and wearable objects and she takes inspiration from nature. She will be creating a ‘Spoon Garden’ inspired by vegetable gardens as her response to Covid-19, with each silver spoon displayed in a wooden block, with a cut out centre.


Explaining the inspiration for the piece she said; “Like lots of people, I was living in a small space in a city during the lockdown and it got me thinking a lot about nature and the privilege it is, especially at a time like this, to have your own outdoor space and to be able to enjoy the outdoors. Amidst all the change, nature and the seasons have also been a really important constant for us all, and planting and gardening have given a lot of people great comfort during difficult days. This is what I hope to capture in the ‘Spoon Garden’.


“I’m so honoured to have been awarded such an important commission and to be supported in actualising my work, for the National Museum of Ireland’s permanent collection,” she said.


Lynn Scarff, Director of the National Museum of Ireland, said; “We are delighted to be working with the DCCI on this special commission. The concept that Annemarie has developed tells an important story about Ireland during Covid-19, and how so many of us have all reverted to nature for physical and spiritual nourishment. Our Irish Silver Exhibition in Collins Barracks traces the development of the craft from the early 17th century to the present day, and this work will be an important addition to our Contemporary Collection of Design and Craft, marking what has been an unforgettable period for the country.”


Rosemary Steen, CEO, Design & Crafts Council Ireland, said; “Silversmithing has a long history in Ireland, which has been enjoying a revival in recent years. Makers like Annemarie are creating beautiful items for everyday use and ornamental purposes. We are proud of Annemarie’s achievement and look forward to seeing the finished ‘Spoon Garden’. It is a wonderful legacy for future generations to contemplate and enjoy.”



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 / Instagram


Contact Details:

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

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