Culture Night 2018: Festival of Creative Making at the National Design & Craft Gallery

Posted 17.09.18


21 September, 5.30pm-9.30pm
National Design & Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny

Join us for a Festival of Creative Making on Culture Night!

Children and young people will have the chance to roll up their sleeves and explore their creativity through an inventive use of materials, technology and craft techniques in the National Design & Craft Gallery in Kilkenny on Culture Night (Friday, 21st September). Adults can also enjoy a glass of wine while making, and picnic blankets, cushions and music will be provided in the gallery.

Throughout the evening, visitors can take part in free drop-in workshops (suitable for all ages) and engage in interactive zone activities and gallery tours. Workshops and activities will include tote bag printing, pom-pom jewellery making, and block printing. Participants can also help create a woven village in Castle Yard, try their hand at drawing and more!

Our Culture Night workshops and activities are inspired by .OBJ, an exhibition currently running in the National Design & Craft Gallery showcasing works by Irish and international makers whose practices are situated at the intersection of the digital and analogue. These makers draw on emerging digital tools and processes to experiment with material practices that are rooted in craft and design traditions, building objects that question and shape our world.

This is a free event. No booking required!

Interactive Zone

Woven Huts (for ages 5+): Help create woven a hut village in the Castle Yard by experimenting with unusual materials and objects that will light up our Castle Yard.
Interactive Drawing Zone (for ages 5+):

Craft Workshops (for all ages)

Tote Bag Printing: participate in this hands-on screen-printing workshop. Adults and children will have the chance to try out the technique of screen-printing to create their very own hand-crafted tote with repeat patterns and motifs inspired by the work on display in the .OBJ exhibition
Scribblebots: In this 40-minute workshop participants will design and make their own Scribblebot inspired by designs that are aided by technology and are featured in the National Design & Craft Gallery’s current exhibition, .OBJ. This workshop is ideal for anyone that wants to experiment with motors. You will build a robot that creates contemporary artworks for you. No prior experience with technology is necessary. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult guardian.
Pom Pom Making Jewellery: With workshop facilitator and goldsmith Marie Wilgaard Kelly and inspired by Daniel Rozin whose work is displayed in the National Design & Craft Gallery’s current exhibition, .OBJ.
Block Printing: Learn the ancient technique of paper block printing with Open Circle, based on Common Works whose work is displayed in the National Design & Craft Gallery’s current exhibition, .OBJ.



About the National Design & Craft Gallery
Established by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland in 2000, the National Design & Craft Gallery is Ireland’s leading centre for contemporary craft and design. It exhibits Irish and international designers, artists and makers who push boundaries in their engagement with the making process. Its mission is to inspire appreciation, creativity and innovation, and it plays a critical role in building understanding of craft and material culture in Ireland.

About the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers, stimulating innovation, championing design thinking and informing Government policy. DCCoI's activities are funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCoI currently has 64 member organisations and over 2,500 registered clients.

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