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CultureCRAFT - curated by Seliena Coyle - is currently on at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny until the 19th of March 2014, with a range of accompanying family events, artist talks and a conference.

A highlight of the August Craft Month 2013 programme, this exhibition brings audiences to new work by 36 eminent makers representing a diverse range of craft disciplines and cultural identities.

The work was created in response to the curator’s request for them to create an object which reflects their understanding of culture; and of how material objects can carry a community’s shared history and reflect a cultural perspective.

The exhibition is contextualised by essays from a number of leading academics, including Dr Audrey Whitty, Dr Jessica Hemmings, Dr Joseph McBrinn and Professor Declan McGonagle - all of which

Venue: National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny City

Dates: 21st of January - 19th March 2014

Gallery opening Times: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5.30pm;  Sundays 11am - 5.30pm; Closed Mondays (Except Bank Holidays)

Entry: FREE, no booking required

For further details see the National Craft Gallery website.

See also accompanying events coming up organised to coincide with the Culture Craft exhibition:

Family Day: Playful Puppets with Mairead Holohan Sat 8th Feb, 10.30am + 12noon Suitable for 5 to 12 years old, parents are welcome to stay and join in. More information and how to book here.

Late Date: Artist Talk with Nigel Cheney & Helen McAllister Thurs 27th Feb, 6pm Artists Nigel Cheney & Helen McAllister both lecture in NCAD and will join us in the galleries in February to discuss the ideas which influence their works in the CultureCraft exhibition and give an overview on their broader artistic practices. Nigel & Helen will also introduce their new book 'Textile Surface Manipulation', published by Bloomsbury, London. Join them for an informal evening and a glass of wine!

Family Day: Paper Blossoms with Carrie Lynam Sat 8th Mar, 10.30am + 12noon. Suitable for 5 to 12 years old, parents are welcome to stay and join in. More information and how to book here.

CONFERENCE at the National Musuem: Contemporary Craft - Curating, Collecting, Critical Writing Sat 1 Mar, 9.30am The day is designed around three sessions, which will discuss curating contemporary craft, writing and critical thinking about craft, and institutional craft collections. Martina Margetts, Senior Tutor in Critical & Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art in London, will give the Key Note Address and the conference will be chaired by Dr Emily Mark-Fitzgerald, Lecturer at the School of Art History & Cultural Policy, University College Dublin. Admission: €10 / €5. To book call the National Museum of Ireland: 01 6486453.

Gallery Tours: Crafternoon Tour at National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Saturdays @ 3pm - Booking Required