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Nominate your Craft Hero

27 January 2021

National Design & Craft Gallery is inviting nominations of makers who have significantly impacted craft in Ireland, for a new touring exhibition reflecting on the evolution of craft and design in Ireland from 1971 – 2021.

The project marks 50 years of Irish craft practice to coincide with Design & Crafts Council Ireland celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Having been formed 1971 as Crafts Council, the organisation has led the development of sector for five decades, nurturing the growth of craft business in Ireland and creating opportunities to support makers expand internationally.

National Design & Craft Gallery is producing this major exhibition and publication to mark the passing of 50 years; paying homage to the many makers whose work has contributed to the rich tapestry of craft and design practice in Ireland. The project will celebrate makers whose work has significant legacy, has heralded new approaches or changed the way we look at the world.

NDCG are seeking nominations from DCCI Clients and the Guilds, Associations, Networks & Societies, (GANS) as well as curators, design historians, Kilkenny Design Workshop scholars, DCCI current and former board and staff. We invite you nominate a standout maker working between 1971-2021 whose work significantly impacted the sector or most resonates with you and tell us why. If possible please include the title or details of what you see as your nominated makers’ seminal work.

Following the public nominations an expert committee will have the difficult task of narrowing the selection to 50 makers. The project will result in an exhibition and major publication, with texts from key industry experts.

Nomination Deadline: 31 Jan 2021.


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