Exhibition celebrating bespoke, extraordinary objects to open at the National Design & Craft Gallery
EXHIBITION CELEBRATING BESPOKE, EXTRAORDINARY OBJECTS TO OPEN AT THE NATIONAL DESIGN & CRAFT GALLERY
Images (l to r): Mourne Textiles, Classic; glass bowl by Neil Wilkin; Paul Wearing, Cylinder; Adi Toch, Melding Pourers
27th April – 4 July 2018
Lasting Impressions, an exhibition of extraordinary objects, designed and crafted with integrity and ingenuity that will become the heirlooms of tomorrow, opens at the National Design & Craft Gallery in Kilkenny on Friday, 27th April. Curated by Gregory Parsons, the collection will cover a wide spectrum of practices, including ceramics, glassware, jewellery making and furniture, and take a closer look at how these craftspeople make and the processes they use to produce an object that will last. The exhibition will be officially launched by Liz Cooper, Applied Arts Curator and Programme Manager at Design-Nation, UK, on Thursday 26th April at 7pm.
Eighteen leading craftspeople from Ireland and the UK will showcase objects, including: glassmakers Scott Benefield and Neil Wilkin; ceramicists Adam Buick, Ashraf Hanna, John McKeag, Paul Wearing, and Walter Keeler; furniture designers and makers Sebastian Cox and Cillian Ó Súilleabháin; jewellery maker Andrew Lamb; textile artists Nicola Henley, Ptolemy Mann, Eleri Mills and Liz Nilsson; weavers Mourne Textiles; stone sculpture artist Helen O'Connell; and metalsmiths Adi Toch and Yusuke Yamamoto. Several of these makers are showing their stunning works in Ireland for the first time, including Sebastian Cox, Andrew Lamb, Ptolemy Mann, Eleri Mills, Paul Wearing, Neil Wilkin and Yusuke Yamamoto.
Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, said: “It is a privilege to have the work of such a prestigious group of designers and makers from both Ireland and the UK on show in our gallery. This exhibition not only allows us to appreciate the integral beauty of the objects but examines the whole idea and value of creating something unique, a future heirloom. We also look forward to exploring the notion of commissioning, collecting and investing in such works in the accompanying events to the show, produced in partnership with Ruthin Craft Centre in Wales to where the exhibition will travel later in the summer.”
Craft can offer something unique, bespoke and personal. The selected designer-makers excel in their creative-making skills and include their signature, something of themselves, into every object they make. In examining the bespoke, the exhibition will also explore collecting; commissioning a wholly new piece of jewellery or furniture, discussing its attributes with its creator and having it made exactly to fit is a very special thing. It is also important to understand where the materials are sourced, how it is designed, put together and finished. The exhibition will consider the commissioning process and talk to collectors of contemporary craft about why they choose to invest in contemporary talent.
Gregory Parsons, Lasting Impressions curator, also commented: “The exhibitors here excel – their personal creative making skills becoming their signature, embedding something of themselves into every object they make, creating a lasting impression. They are makers who develop individual voices that sustain their practice; they may be innovative and cutting edge or using old techniques in new ways, however through this they are positioning their work in a more edgy and exciting place. They set themselves apart from the rest and their immense skill should be celebrated.”
Lasting Impressions will show at the National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny until 4 July 2018 and is curated by Gregory Parsons. The exhibition is produced by the National Design & Craft Gallery in partnership with Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales and will open there in July 2018.
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ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: Thursday 26 April, 4pm-5.30pm, Pembroke Kilkenny
Collecting the Contemporary Object with Dr. Jennifer Goff (National Museum of Ireland), Ciara Garvey (DCCoI) and Liz Cooper (Applied Art Curator), and exhibiting makers. (B) (free)
EXHIBITION CURATOR’S TOUR: Thursday 26 April, 6pm
With Gregory Parsons followed by the official exhibition launch at 7pm when visitors can enjoy a complimentary ‘design cocktail’ inspired by Lasting Impressions courtesy of Statham’s Bar, Pembroke Kilkenny.
CRAFTERNOON TEA: Thursday 3 and Friday 4 May, 10.30am + 12noon
Craft, cakes and screen printing celebrating creativity as we age as part of Bealtaine Festival 2018. (B) (free)
CRAFTS CLUB: Saturday 12 May and 9 June, 11am + 12.30pm
Join resident DCCoI Education Panel Member and maker Sandra McAlister for craft and design workshops to explore our current exhibition. Please visit www.ndcg.ie for details. (B) (free)
MASTERCLASS: Thursday 17 May, 11am-4pm, €35
Clay Forms: technical demonstrations on large-scale throwing, joining pots in sections, porcelain and additions of materials with Adam Buick. (B)
MASTERCLASS: Thursday 17 May, 12pm-4pm, €35
Repeat Printing Yoga: an experimental afternoon of mindfulness, yoga and repeat block printing combined, with Liz Nilsson. (B)
LATE DATE: Thursday 17 May, 6.30pm
Intersections: Art and Conceptual Craft: with Liz Nilsson and Adam Buick. (B) (free)
NATIONAL DRAWING DAY: Saturday 19 May 11am-3pm
Craft and drawing drop-in workshops for all ages. (B) (free)
MASTERCLASS: Thursday 28 June, 2pm-5pm, €35
Storytelling with Embroidery: Explore exhibits with Art Historian and Storyteller Jean Ryan and respond through embroidery with Alexis Bernstorff. (B)
LATE DATE: Thursday 28 June, 6.30pm
Threads of Myth & Culture: mythic and cultural associations explored through stitch and woven tapestry with Eleri Mills, Alexis Bernstorff and Dolores Gaffney. (B) (free)
SCHOOLS PROGRAMME: May – June
Tailored tours for primary, secondary and third level.
(B) Booking required: please email email@example.com or call 056 7796 151 for details.
Please visit www.ndcg.ie for updates to the events schedule.
Education: Apprenticeship: Stephen O’Briain Furniture, Co. Carlow, 2008-9; BAI Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, 2000
About Gregory Parsons (exhibition curator)
Gregory Parsons is a freelance curator and has worked closely with Ruthin Craft Centre - The Centre for the Applied Arts curating and co-producing many exhibitions, including the highly successful All Tied Up, which visited IDÉE in Tokyo, Japan in 2013; the inspirational Reiko Sudo/Nuno exhibition as part of the Japanese Style: Sustaining Design season in 2012; and, together with Dr. Elizabeth Goring, Not Too Precious which also toured to the National Design & Craft Gallery in early 2016. He has a background in woven textile design and began his career as Artist in Residence at Ruthin Craft Centre, North Wales in the early 1990s. From there he went to the Royal College of Art completing an MA in Constructed Textiles. He worked for the Crafts Council’s trading division before taking a position as a fashion fabric designer in Switzerland. He has also worked in the interior fabrics industry, and in the fashion industry as Senior Product Developer/Design in soft accessories at Burberry Ltd. He has lectured widely, including at Glasgow School of Art, Central Saint Martins, Tokyo Zokei University and Joshibi University, Tokyo and mentors craftspeople through Crafts Council and Cockpit Arts initiatives.
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. www.ndcg.ie
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. www.dccoi.ie