Brown Thomas, in association with the Crafts Council of Ireland, is to present a curated selection of unique, innovative objects from the flagship publication ‘Irish Craft Portfolio: Critical Selection 2013-2014’ in special feature windows on Grafton Street.
Workshop exploring the techniques of embroidery.
THE NORDIC EFFECT: CRAFTING SUCCESS
investigates our fascination with Scandinavian and Nordic design, discussing the principles and attributes that determine its continued success. Reflecting on this Nordic influence, designers, makers and consultants will discuss strategies, supports and models for success which could strengthen and develop Irish practices.
Launching to coincide with the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, the Love Irish Design initiative will see Arnotts host a celebration of contemporary Irish designers and will support Irish design with dedicated window displays and through Meet the Designer events, installations, live window demonstrations with the designers in the iconic Henry Street windows and much more. Craft work Imagined, Designed and Made in Ireland is being promoted in the Irish Craft Collection spaces throughout the store which include the home and gift, jewellery, ladies fashion and furniture departments.
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March—November 2012 Garth Clark, Anton Reijnders, Ken Eastman, David Frith, Steve Dixon
Garth Clark is the leading writer and commentator on modern and contemporary ceramic art and an increasingly outspoken critic of the crafts movement. His lecture at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, ‘How Envy Killed the Crafts’ has provoked a huge international debate on the future of craft.
Garth Clark Belfast
Mon 19th March
Tues 20th March
Thurs 22nd March
Netherlands ceramist Anton Reijnders has participated in exhibitions throughout the
world, contributed to conferences and symposia and given lectures in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA. He contributed to the founding of thre European Ceramic Work Centrum in Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands and is the author of the book The Ceramic Process.
Anton Reijnders Galway
Thurs 15th November
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Ken Eastman’s work centres around the idea of the vessel. He has never made functional work, but rather uses the vessel as a subject – to give meaning and form to an expression. Working through the medium of ceramics, Eastman can be both builder and painter; can handle shape and structure, as well as exploring tone and colour.
Ken Eastman Limerick
Wed 7th November
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Born 1943. The workshop has been established in North Wales since 1963. My pots are wood fired stoneware, mainly thrown or slabbed and often on a large scale. I delight in making platters and bottles with altered forms by either squaring, faceting or paddling the surfaces.
David Firth Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Wed 10th October
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Professor Stephen Dixon is currently engaged as Professorial Research Fellow in Contemporary Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University, investigating contemporary political imagery and narrative in ceramics.
Steve Dixon NCAD, Dublin
Thurs 22nd November
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Bluecoat Display Centre, in partnership with Liverpool Hope University and the Crafts Council of Ireland is offering a short residency to a designer/maker based in the Republic of Ireland at the Hope University’s Creative Campus.
Bluecoat Display Centre is looking for a talented designer/maker who works in any medium, to develop their career and be able to fully participate in academic life during the residency.
The Residency will run for 6 weeks between January and March 2013 at Liverpool Hope University, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Department of Fine and Applied Arts, The Creative Campus, Liverpool, L3 8QB.
The closing date for applications is Thursday 25th October 2012 and the successful designer/maker will be notified by Friday 16th November 2012.
The new series of Craft Master is looking for individuals who have foundations skills in Basketry, Millinery, Knitting, Furniture or Jewellery, and who want to bring their craft to the next level using a mixture of traditional and contemporary skills acquired on a residential Master Class with a top maker in their discipline.
The Amateur Apprentices will compete for a stand at Showcase – Ireland’s Creative Expo run annually by the Crafts Council of Ireland, which generates over €20 million worth of sales orders over the 4 days of the event.
The closing date for applications is 6th June 2012.
Contact details for members of the public
Call: 048 3083 4046
To apply online:
Big Mountain Productions in conjunction with the Crafts Council of Ireland are delighted to announce that production has begun on a second series of ‘Craft Master’, the BAI co-funded series for RTÉ television. The hugely successful series presented by Sonya Lennon (photo), showcases the very best in up and coming Irish craft makers.
Opportunity: Status: Timeline:
1) Professional Development Programme 2012 Apply Now March-June
2) Future Makers 2012 Closing Date 27th March
3) Continuing Professional Development Fund Closing Date 27th March
4) Consumer Shows – Bloom 2012 Closing Date 30th March
5) International Fair Fund Closing Date 5th April
6) Funded Residency Award at Tuilerie de Pouligny, France Closing Date 15th April
7) Diamond Grading Course Takes Place On 12th-18th April
8) Creative Island 2013 Closing Date 13th April
9) Call For Entries: RDS National Crafts Competition 2012 Closing Date 8th May
10) Crafts Council of Ireland Ceramic Skills and Design Course Closing Date 25th May
11) Building Craft Enterprise Closing Date 29th June
12) Industry Notice: Google training offer to SMEs Takes Place On 21st March
1) Professional Development Programme 2012
CCoI offers a series of workshops designed to meet the challenges facing existing craft enterprises today. These workshops are delivered on a regional basis and according to the business and design needs of our clients.
Dublin (RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin)
* Social Networking as a Development and Sales Platform 17th April
* Advanced Product Development for Craft and Design 15th May
Dublin (Visual Artists Ireland, Central Hotel Chambers, 7/9 Dame Court, Dublin 2)
* Photography for Craft and Design 12th June
Cork (Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire, Cork)
* Social Networking as a Development and Sales Platform 25th April
* Advanced Product Development for Craft and Design (part 2) 23rd May
* Photography for Craft and Design 20th June
2) Future Makers 2012 – Awards & Supports
Future Makers Awards and Supports for students and practitioners which have a value up to €30,000 and encourage the development of the next generation of craft makers in Ireland.
All students undertaking a fulltime craft course or apprenticeship and anyone who graduated from a full time course in craft or established a craft enterprise in the past 5 years is eligible to apply!
It’s a fantastic opportunity to have you and your work profiled as well as the potential to win many of the awards and supports.
Deadline: 27th March 2012
3) Continuing Professional Development Fund
The Crafts Council of Ireland (CCoI) Fund for Continued Professional Development is an important opportunity for established craft enterprises.
This fund covers attendance at workshops, training courses, master classes and conferences by individual craftspeople. Networks and groups can also apply to bring expertise to Ireland to deliver a master class or in turn a group application can be made to attend a master class outside of Ireland.
Deadline: 27th March 2012
4) Consumer Shows – Bloom 2012
The Crafts Council of Ireland is planning to have a craft presence at Bloom 2012 – Phoenix Park, Dublin, 31st May to 4th June 2012. We are currently finalising plans regarding location, stand type and size with the organisers and more detailed information and maps will be available shortly. In the meantime, given the demand from makers for this event, we are proceeding with the application and selection process.
5) International Fair Fund
The International Fair Fund has been developed to financially assist craftspeople in reaching key export markets.
The fund provides match funding up to the value of €4,000 for wholesale trade fairs abroad.
If your application is successful, CCoI will subsidise up to a maximum of 50% of the cost of:
- Economy return airfare or ferry
- Stand costs
- Product transport / freight costs
Maximum CCoI subsidy per show: UK €1,500, Europe €2,500 and USA €4,000.
6) Funded Residency Award at Tuilerie de Pouligny, France
The Crafts Council of Ireland have partnered with Ateliers d’Art de France to provide two ceramicists with the opportunity to undertake a fully funded residency at Tuilerie de Pouligny, Creuse, France.
Available from June to August 2012.
Deadline for applications: 5pm, 15th April 2012.
Duration: 4 – 8 weeks
Capacity of the residence: 2 ceramicists
7) Diamond Grading Course
Date: 12th – 18th April
(5 days training, 1 day exam)
Course Tutor: Kate Hopley
Course Times: 9.30am – 5.00pm
12th – 14th and 16th – 18th April
Exam: 10am – 1pm, 18th April
Course Fees: €1,200 inclusive of exam fee
Exam Fee: €550 to the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem*A)
Participants: 7 max
Venue: Crafts Council of Ireland, Kilkenny
8) Creative Island at Showcase 2013
Creative Island will once again take centre stage at Showcase 2013 – Ireland’s Creative Expo. Makers of crafted pieces exclusively Imagined, Designed and Made in Ireland are invited to submit an application form to the Crafts Council of Ireland for consideration for Creative Island 2013.
Closing date: Friday, 13th April 2012.
9) Call For Entries: RDS National Crafts Competition 2012
The Call for Entries for this year’s RDS National Crafts Competition has been announced. Regarded as one of the largest competitive platforms for craft in Europe, the RDS brings an international panel of judges to Ireland to adjudicate its 20 category crafts competition. Open to craft makers and designers living in Ireland or Irish makers abroad, the competition attracts the very best in amateur and professional crafts practices. With a prize fund in excess of €27,000 in RDS prizes and awards, the highest accolade is the RDS Award of Excellence of €7,000 and the California Gold Medal. The competition is supported by the Crafts Council of Ireland.
Deadline stage one: 5pm, 8th May 2012.
10) CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Crafts Council of Ireland Ceramic Skills and Design Course
This course aims to develop a range of skills to such a level of quality that those who complete it will be able to follow careers in the industry according to their talents, strengths and aspirations. To achieve this, the course combines the sound technical training required by the modern workshop and industry at large, and the trainees’ creative development according to their talents and abilities. As a result, graduates have the ability to respond confidently to changing markets.
For September 2012 intake.
Application Deadline: Friday, 25th May 2012.
Interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th June 2012.
11) Building Craft Enterprise – Making It In Business Programme 2012 – 2013
A development programme for graduate and emerging craft enterprises, the objective of this programme is to develop and nurture craft enterprises to optimise the opportunities in craft channels to market. It is open to suitable Crafts Council of Ireland (CCoI) registered participants up to four years in business wishing to grow their craft enterprise.
As one of a group of 12 craft businesses this course includes:
- 8 days of specialist workshops including:
Marketing, Sales, Business Planning, Innovation and Product Development.
- Branding and preparation for Showcase or other exhibitions.
- Mentoring and business planning support.
Closing Date: 29th June 2012.
Interviews: 13th July 2012.
12) Google Offer To SMEs – Free training to build your own website
Wednesday 21st March, 9:30am-1:30pm, Google Headquarters, Dublin.
This fantastic event is giving local businesses the chance to build their first website with a Google expert. Best of all, it’s free! The training is focusing on the ‘Getting Business Online’ initiative which aims to help the 40% of Irish SMEs who currently do not have a website get set up online in a number of simple steps.
29 Molesworth Street
Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel +353 1 644 9459
Oliver Sears Gallery is pleased to announce Dubh: Dialogues in Black, an exhibition of contemporary objects featuring work by Irish designers and artists, in dialogue with their American peers. This is the second in a series of three exhibitions taking place under the direction of designer Joseph Walsh in an exciting new initiative called STUDIO practice established to facilitate dialogue, build relationships and encourage interdisciplinary engagements between Irish Artists, Designers and Studio Makers and their international contemporaries and key influencers.
In Dubh: Dialogues in Black international curator Brian Kennedy looks at black as both a physical and an emotional starting point for the most interesting creative voices from Ireland in dialogue with their American peers. In the show he will again work with a core group of the artists/designers who featured in the first exhibition. Some like Sara Flynn, Liam Flynn and Eily O Connell are well known for their authoritative use of black while others like Joseph Walsh, Frances Lambe and Karl Harron are developing new techniques and approaches especially for the exhibition. This project also places great importance on how design/craft is viewed and discussed; as a result the catalogue for Dubh: Dialogues in Black will include essays by Irish and American writers, who will discuss and debate the issues surrounding the exhibition.
Dubh: Dialogues in Black provides the opportunity to build on the successes of MATERIALpoetry and establish a continuing presence for Irish art & design in New York city which will, in the longer term, help to establish a profile and awareness of a new generation of Irish artists and studio makers internationally. Following the show in New York, the exhibition returns to Ireland where it will appear at Oliver Sears Gallery, 29 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 from 2nd February – 16th March 2012.
Further information can be found on the STUDIO practice website: www.studiopractice.ie
Dubh: Dialogues in Black in New York is supported by Culture Ireland through their Imagine Ireland
programme; a year-long season of Irish arts in America in 2011, an initiative of Culture Ireland, with funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport. In Ireland the exhibition is supported by the Embassy of the United States of America, Dublin.
Dubh: Dialogues in black is supported by the Crafts Council of Ireland. In addition the Crafts Council of Ireland and Craft Northern Ireland have designated 2011 as Year of Craft and this exhibition has been included in the Year of Craft 2011 programme of events.
Dubh: Dialogues in Black will receive support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland while the exhibition’s academic partner is CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork. This project is part of a series of exhibitions presented by STUDIO practice, which is directed by Joseph Walsh and receives the continued support of Joseph Walsh Studio.
Dubh: Dialogues in Black will be hosted in Dublin, Ireland by Oliver Sears Gallery, www.oliversearsgallery.com