Between Art and Industry25 May 2012 – 4 July 2012
Between Art and Industry offers an opportunity to explore the shifting relationships between craft and industry through the use of evocative imagery utilising text, film and sound.
With the advent of globalisation, methods of manufacturing have shifted dramatically. Outsourcing of labour to other countries has resulted in decline of industrial manufacturing in Ireland and the UK. This exhibition reflects on those trends, on their consequences and costs, and on the potential for sustainable, highly skilled small-scale production to offer a new model.
Between Art and Industry has been curated by Ann Mulrooney of the National Craft Gallery, who says of the exhibition:
“The title of this exhibition expresses the relationship of craft to industry. Craft is an intelligence of the hand that creates the bridge between initial inspiration and finished product. It is a specific, skillful, engaged and physical understanding of materials and process, problem-solving by its nature. Shifting values suggest that the evolution of manufacturing now is towards a closer relationship with craft and the handmade. In that sense, this exhibition could be seen as an arc, responding to the legacies of history but also describing a present in which new manifestations of small-scale production can be seen to emerge and survive”
The exhibition is a co-production with the Millennium Court Arts Centre in Portadown, where it will show from 4 August - 29 September 2012.
Neil Brownsword (UK) is from Stoke-on-Trent, a world centre for ceramic production. He started his career as an apprentice at the Josiah Wedgwood Factory in 1987 before going on to study ceramics in Cardiff and the Royal College of Art, culminating in a practice-based PhD from Brunel University in 2006. Assuming the role of artist/archaeologist, he unearths and salvages by-products from factories, to create an artistic narrative around the steady closure of factories and the disappearance of indigenous skills. Read more about his work here:
Róisín de Buitléar (Ireland) has a long association with Waterford Crystal, since her student days at NCAD. As a glass artist, she organised many collaborations with the factory, forming personal relationships with some of the 4000 workers, blowers, cutters, engravers and sculptors employed there. In 2009, with the help of the Crafts Council of Ireland Irish Craft Bursary, de Buitléar began investigating the history of Irish glass, and recorded oral histories of the factory workers. During this period, Waterford Crystal went into receivership and the contents of the KIlbarry plant were sold, a process Buitléar documented photographically during the open viewing. Visit her website here:
In a collaborative process that is also an important part of the work, all of the pieces for this exhibition have been made by hand in Waterford at Irish Handmade Glass, a small workshop established after the closure of the Kilbarry plant by four master glassmakers who originally trained in Waterford Crystal. This work is about the celebration of skill that still exists in the country, and not a lament for its loss.
Molloy & Sons (Ireland), is a two man woollen mill, based in Ardara, Co. Donegal. They are one of the few companies who can proudly claim to create authentic Donegal Tweed. Shaun and Kieran come from generations of weavers. Shaun’s father, John, founded a woollen mill in the mid-20th century, but over the years that mill has gone from making tweed to making knits almost exclusively.
A couple of years ago, Kieran brought an industrial design degree back home, and he and his father decided to take the tweed-making equipment out of mothballs and start up a tiny artisanal weaving company that is quietly building an international reputation. Visit their website here:
Millennium Court Arts Centre Portadown 4 August 2012 – 29 September 2012www.millenniumcourt.org
Galway City Museum 28 November 2012 – 8 April 2013www.galwaycitymuseum.ie/
Education & Outreach
Late Date Friday 29 June 2012 at 6.30pm
Join us for a glass of wine and an informal tour of the exhibition.
Between Art & Industry: New Models in a Post Industrial World 29 Jun
The seminar, ‘New Models in a Post Industrial World’, is organised by CCoI and National Craft Gallery in response to the current exhibition, ‘Between Art & Industry’.
The programme examines how traditional and contemporary craft practices are evolving production models in the post-industrial context of the 21st Century.The presentations are focused to raise a series of important questions including: advancing technology and its place in creative production; melding contemporary ideas with traditional skills; out-sourcing of materials and skills; evoking a historical legacy with new forms of production; cultural value and its appreciation in an age of economic downturn; innovation and entrepreneurship in crafts.
Responding to the topics raised within the individual presentations, by invited academics and practitioners, a panel discussion will reassess the seminar outcomes and invite audience to contribute responses to the conversation.
This seminar is open to anyone with a general interest in Craft & Design History. It will also be relevant for those interested in contemporary practice, including those working in the field as practitioners, students and educators.
‘New Models in a Post Industrial World’ is programmed to coincide with World Industrial Design Day (WIDD).
Seminar Presenters include:
Dr. Sorcha O’Brien, Lecturer, History of Design, NCAD
Kieran Molloy, Director, Molloy & Sons, Traditional Weavers of Donegal Tweed
Róisín De Buítlear, Artist, Educator, Writer
Neil Brownsword, Artist, Senior Lecturer & Researcher, Buckinghamshire New University
Louise Allen, Head of Innovation & Development Programmes, CCoI
Theresa Burger, Jewellery Designer, Utilising Rapid Prototyping
Sasha Sykes, Farm21, Director & Designer
Tara Carrigy, Designer & Researcher
Panel Discussion, chaired by Ann Mulrooney, Curator & Manager, National Craft Gallery
Please contact us in advance to reserve, as places are limited.book now