Posted 29.01.15

Solomon Fine Art, in conjunction with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) and The Doyle Collection, are pleased to announce the launch of PORTFOLIO @ Solomon, a dedicated design & craft gallery to coincide with the ID2015 programme. The new 60m2 gallery space is located at the main entrance to The Westbury Hotel and Westbury Mall on Balfe Street, just a few steps from Solomon Fine Art’s existing   gallery and a stone’s throw from Grafton Street.     

A twelve month programme of exhibitions in the new PORTFOLIO @ Solomon gallery will showcase work from the Design & Craft Council of Ireland’s PORTFOLIO programme, featuring over 100 of Ireland’s most renowned designers and makers in the following disciplines: Ceramics, Jewellery, Glass, Metals, Paper, Textiles, Calligraphy, Furniture, Woodturning and Basketry.  All artworks on display in PORTFOLIO @ Solomon will be available to purchase, providing visitors and collectors with a unique opportunity to acquire one-off or limited edition pieces from internationally collected and emerging practitioners working to the highest standards of design quality and technical skill.   

The inaugural exhibition at PORTFOLIO @ Solomon focuses on CERAMICS, presenting over eighty innovative artworks by twenty different makers, including Jack Doherty, Andrew Ludick, Mandy Parslow, Alison Kay and Nuala O’Donovan. PORTFOLIO Ceramics spans across the two adjacent Solomon gallery venues and runs until 14th March 2015.  

PORTFOLIO @ Solomon will be contributing a lively programme of exhibitions & events throughout 2015 and wishes to thank The Doyle Collection for generously providing this exciting new gallery space.  The exhibition programme is available at www.solomonfineart.ie

For further information or hi-res images please contact Tara Murphy, Gallery Director at +353 (0)86 8142380 or tara@solomonfineart.ie


A collaboration with The Doyle Collection

Unit 2, Westbury Mall, Balfe Street, Dublin 2
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 5.30pm / Saturday: 11am - 4pm


About Solomon Fine Art:
Solomon Fine Art was established in 1981 and is now regarded as one of Ireland’s leading contemporary art galleries.  Representing over thirty Irish and international artists, the Solomon specialises in sculpture and three dimensional work.  A select programme of exhibitions and events are held at their two galleries, both of which are located beside the Westbury Hotel in the heart of Dublin’s premier cultural & shopping district. www.solomonfineart.ie

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s PORTFOLIO programme actively works to grow the reputations and potential of designer makers across all major disciplines of contemporary craft.  Selected by an international expert panel, the programme currently features almost 100 of Ireland's most renowned makers who are producing unique, innovative objects and working to the highest standards of design quality and technical skill. www.dccoi.ie/portfolio

About the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland:
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the main champion of the design and craft industry in Ireland, fostering its growth and commercial strength, communicating its unique identity and stimulating quality design, innovation and competitiveness. DCCoI's activities are funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCoI currently has over 75 member organisations and over 3,000 registered clients. www.dccoi.ie

About Irish Design 2015:
Through a year-long programme of events and activities exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design both in Ireland and internationally, Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) aims to showcase the very best of Irish design in order to drive job creation, grow exports and increase competitiveness. ID2015 is being convened by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), in collaboration with partner organisations, on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Enterprise Ireland.  Irish Design 2015 partners include Founding Partners - MCO Projects; Accommodation Partners - The Doyle Collection; Venue Partners - OPW; Exhibition Partners – DAA; and Technology Partners - IBM. www.irishdesign2015.ie 

About the Doyle Collection:
The Doyle Collection encompassing eight luxury hotels located in five key cities – London, Bristol, Dublin, Cork and Washington is official accommodation partner of ID2015 and has generously provided an exhibition venue and gallery space for the year-long schedule of events. This initiative forms a key part of The Doyle Collection’s on-going programme of support for The Arts. Guests of The Doyle Collection are assured of a genuine welcome and anticipatory attention from hosts that care and a team that will go the extra mile. www.doylecollection.com

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