Irish Design at the Threshold 8 April 2016 – 3 July 2016
Liminal – Irish design at the threshold, presents some of Ireland’s most exciting design, from product to scientific, architecture to animation, and food to furniture. The exhibiting designers, companies and studios have been selected for the innovative outlook of their work, its connectivity and ability to transcend disciplinary boundaries to address the issues of today. Presenting a pivotal chapter in Irish design, Liminal explores, identifies and showcases Irish creativity, and how designers, companies and studios are moving across disciplinary boundaries and the limits of what design has been, into what design can become. As design increasingly seeks to create holistic experiences and narratives, Ireland is placed to play a significant role in 21st century design, helping meet the challenges of tomorrow. The exhibition demonstrates Irish design excellence across disciplines and considers the possibilities for the future.
The evolving flagship exhibition from ID2015, Liminal – Irish design at the threshold, is presented in Kilkenny after its tour of design weeks in Eindhoven, Milan, New York and Dublin. The exhibition features over 20 designers, companies and studios involved in collaborations across disciplines.
Co-curated by Louise Allen, Alex Milton and Angela O’Kelly
Education & Outreach
LIMINAL: CURATORS TALK Fri 8 April, 6pm
Co-curators Louise Allen, Angela O'Kelly and Alex Milton give a special introduction to Liminal discussing the work and collaborations in the exhibition
FAMILY DAY: KNIT CREATURES Sat 16 April 10.30am, 12 noon, 2.30pm
Re-imagine knitted socks or pre-loved jumpers into new knit creatures, inspired by Claire Anne O'Brien's impressive knit constructions. Book Now
NATIONAL DRAWING DAY: ALL AGES WORKSHOPS Sat 21 May, 12noon - 4pm
National Drawing Day 2016 celebrates drawing and creativity - join us in the Castle Yard for a day of workshops and drawing installations for all ages with a craft and design edge. More info
FAMILY DAY: CHARACTER DESIGN* Sat 18 June 10.30am, 12 noon & 2.30pm
Learn what shapes make a cartoon look happy or sad, quiet or energetic, then design your own character inspired by Cartoon Saloon's Song of the Sea with animator Rory Conway. Book Now
BEALTAINE: TOUR & CRAFTERNOON TEA* Fri 6 & Fri 20 May, 12noon
We invite you to join us for an informal tour of our exhibition Liminal and 'Crafternoon Tea' to mark Bealtaine the festival celebrating creativity as we age. Book Now
WORKSHOP: DRAWING AS RESEARCH - PART 2* (€5) Wed 27 April & 18 May, 10.30am
Designer maker Inga Reed leads workshops exploring drawing as a tool for developing ideas, following from previous sessions.
MASTERCLASS: VISION & IDENTITY FOR BUSINESS GROWTH with CIARAN ÓGAORA* Thurs 28 April, 3pm – 5.30pm
Director of ZeroG, designer and brand strategy consultant, Ciarán ÓGaora leads a Masterclass for creative SME's on the value and path to defining clear vision and identity in order to grow your business. Book by email: email@example.com
LATE DATE: DESIGN FOR ORGANISATIONAL CHANGE with CIARAN ÓGAORA Thurs 28 April, 6pm
Discussing his Mapping The State project, Ciarán ÓGaora designer and brand strategy consultant explores how design can be utilised to clarify organisational structures, instigate dialogue and can be a catalyst for beneficial change.
LATE DATE: EVOLVING DESIGN, FROM KDW TO THE FUTURE with LINDA KING, PJ WHITE, JOHN CLEERE Wed 25 May, 6.30pm
Kilkenny Design Workshops marked a change in what design meant in Ireland, 50+ years on and after the last year celebrating design and innovation through Irish Design 2015 we reflect on where we have come and how we envisage design in Ireland in the future. More info
LATE DATE: STORY-LED DESIGN EXPERIENCES with CALOR MINI BBQ DEMO & TASTING Thurs 30 June, 6.30pm
Leading strategic product design consultancy Design Partners talk about the development of products such as the Calor Mini Bbq and Silvair Smart Control System developed with Seed Labs, sharing the story-led design approach they utilise. The talk will be followed by a demo of the Calor Mini Bbq and tastings with samples of locally brewed Costellos Beer. More info
DROP-IN: DESIGN DISCOVERY Daily
Drop-in with the family to discover design through Liminal:
Liminal Explorer: Become a design detective, seeking out visual designs
ARCKIT Play: Test your architectural design ideas with ARCKIT
SCHOOLS: GUIDED VISITS & WORKSHOPS 12 April – 30 June (Tues-Fri)
Our educators introduce students to design and craft through a tailored exhibition tour and invite you to book a class workshop:
Primary: Line Shape Pattern
Secondary: ARCKIT Modular Homes
Leaving Cert: Art, Craft & Design Gallery Question
Third Level: ARCKIT Modular Builds
Visitors are invited to book for our informal afternoon tour.
GUIDED EXHIBITION VISITS*
Would you like to bring a group to the National Craft Gallery? We accommodate groups from 5 to 25 people. No fee applies. Contact us and we will tailor a tour suit the needs of your visit.
*Booking required - email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 056 7796151