Images (l to r): Scott Benefield, Tapestry 1; John McKeag, Double Walled Vessels; Yusuke Yamamoto, Oak Tale; Cillian Ó Súilleabháin, Tetrahedra Oak & Sycamore; Nicola Henley, Gulls Soaring, Rovingno

Lasting Impressions, an exhibition of extraordinary objects, designed and crafted with integrity and ingenuity that will become the heirlooms of tomorrow, will open 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 will take a closer look at how these craftspeople make and the processes they use to produce an object that will last.

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 and Ptolemy Mann; weavers Mourne Textiles; artist Eleri Mills; multi-disciplinary artist Liz Nilsson; stone sculpture artist Helen O’Connell; metalworker Adi Toch; and silversmith 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.

Images (l to r): Scott Benefield, Tapestry 1; John McKeag, Double Walled Vessels; Yusuke Yamamoto, Oak Tale; Cillian Ó Súilleabháin, Tetrahedra Oak & Sycamore; Nicola Henley, Gulls Soaring, Rovingno

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.

Lasting Impressions will show at the National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny until 4 July 2018. The exhibition is curated by Gregory Parsons and produced in partnership with Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales to which it will tour in July 2018.


ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: Thursday 26 April, 4pm-5.30pm
Collecting the Contemporary Object with Louise Allen and Ciara Garvey of DCCoI and designer-makers from Lasting Impressions. (B) (free)

EXHIBITION CURATORS TOUR: Thursday 26 April, 6pm                                          
With Gregory Parsons followed by the official exhibition launch.

CRAFTERNOON TEA: Thursday 3 and Friday 4 May, 10.30am + 12noon                            
Tea, treats and screen printing onto fabric. Celebrating creativity as we age, Bealtaine Festival 2018. (B) (free)

KIDS CRAFTS CLUB: Saturday 12 May and 9 June, 11am + 12.30pm                                 
Join resident DCCoI Education Panel Member Sandra McAlister for craft & design workshops to explore our current exhibition. Please visit for details. (B) (free)

MASTERCLASS WORKSHOP: Thursday 17 May, 12pm-4pm, €35                             
Mindfulness Repeat Printing Yoga: an experimental afternoon of mindfulness, yoga and repeat block printing combined with Liz Nilsson. (B)

LATE DATE TALK: Thursday 17 May, 6.30pm                                                
Intersections: Art and Conceptual Craft with designer-makers. (B) (free)

MASTERCLASS WORKSHOP: Friday 18 May, 2pm-5pm, €35                                        
Contemporary Fine Metalwork and Design: focus on environmentally friendly colouring and patination techniques.

NATIONAL DRAWING DAY: Saturday 19 May 11am-3pm                                           
Craft and drawing drop-in workshops for all ages. See more here. (B) (free)

Join Art Historian and Storyteller Jean Ryan TBC to explore selected work in our current exhibition then respond through embroidery with Alexis Bernstorff. (B)

LATE DATE TALK: Thursday 28 June, 6.30pm                                                  
With Alexis Bernstorff and guests on connections with mythic and cultural associations explored through embroidery and woven tapestry. (B) (free)

SCHOOLS PROGRAMME: 1 May-4 July                                                   
Tailored tours for primary, secondary and third level. Booking required: please email or call 056 7796 151 for details.

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