11 August - 23 January


.OBJ11 August - 23 January

Exhibitors: Faig Ahmed (AZ), Paul Bokslag (IRL/NL) Common Works (GB), Digital Nature Group (JP), FIELD (DE/GB), Ying Gao (CH/CA), Sebastian Kite (DE), Ingrid Murphy (IRL/UK), Onformative (DE), David O'Reilly (IRL/US), Daniel Rozin (US), threadstories (IRL), Owen Quinlan (IRL), Marius Watz (NO), Zeitguised (DE)

.OBJ is presented as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival.

Digital technology has transformed the ways by which we think about design and craft. In today's digital world makers have access to a wider variety of tools, materials and processes than ever before. Coding, digital fabrication and data have become integral to the ways objects are designed, manufactured, distributed and consumed, influencing our relationships with them and how they inhabit our world.

.OBJ: Digital Handmade at the National Design & Craft Gallery showcases the works of Irish and International makers, whose practices are situated at the intersection of the digital and analogue. These makers draw on emerging digital tools and processes to experiment with material practices that are rooted in craft and design traditions, building objects that question and shape our world.

This exhibition at National Design & Craft Gallery, presents the outcomes of hybrid practices that allow us to rethink the role of technology within the historical trajectory of object-making - re-evaluating how we value craft and define the 'hand-made'.

Nora O Murchú is a curator & designer, whose research examines the intersections between the fields of art, design, software studies, and politics. Her multi-disciplinary practice embraces narratives, and fictions and results in objects, exhibitions, and interventions.

Education & Outreach

Lunchtime Talk: Kinetics and Motion - Crafting Human-Machine Interactions Friday 10 August 2018 at 1.00 pm

Join us at the National Design and Craft Gallery for a free lunchtime talk with exhibiter Sebastian Kite. Kite is a London based installation artist who explores the intersection of art, architecture and music. Book here

Mechanisms + Making (16+) Friday 10 August 2018 at 2.00 pm

Free hands-on workshop to develop and create an installation of motorised module pieces in Castle Yard with installation artist Sebastian Kite 2pm – 5pm. Book here

Digital Hand-Made Roundtable Saturday 11 August 2018 at 1.00 pm

Join exhibition curator Nora O Murchú, exhibiting makers and special guests for a discussion on the evolution of new forms of craft and expanded awareness of how we can utilize materials.Free to attend, all are welcome. Book here

.OBJ: Digital Hand-Made Launch Saturday 11 August 2018 at 1.59 pm

Exhibition launch by Natalie Kane, Curator of Digital Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, with Crafted Cocktails from Pembroke Kilkenny.

.OBJ: Digital Handmade Curators Introduction Sunday 12 August 2018 at 2.00 pm

With Nora Ó Murchú, introducing the themes and discussing works exhibited in .OBJ: Digital Handmade. Book Here

Threadstories Monday 13 August 2018 at 6.00 pm

In this workshop artist threadstories will reflect her studio practice with an exploration of her process and techniques. There will be an emphasis on working three dimensionally to reflect threadstories focus on form and movement. As a mask maker she engages in an intuitive process of making which embraces spontaneity and experimental play with materials, this too will be reflected in the workshop. No previous experience with textiles needed. 6pm-9pm. Book here

Free Children’s Craft Workshops Tuesday 14 August 2018 at 2.00 pm

One workshop per child/day. (6-12yrs). 2pm, 3pm + 4pm


Moving Structures - Cancelled
Inspired by the motor installations by Zimoun, invent your own moving structures with Paul Bokslag. Note: This workshop has been changed to Papercut Techniques and will based on Paul Bokslags papercut installation on exhibit as part of the .OBJ: Digital Handmade exhibition. 


Papercut Techniques                               Children will engage in the making process behind Paul Bookslag’s papercut installation to explore, pattern, form, and movement, to create their own two and three dimensional papercuts. Book here


In response to Owen Quinlan’s clay forms, create clay creatures with Maeve Sookram of Sevensisters. Book here


Capture your silhouette with handmade pom pom ’s, with Sandra Mc Allister. Inspired by Daniel Rozins. Book here

Free Teen Craft Workshop: (13-18yrs) Friday 17 August 2018 at 11.15 am

Silk Screen Print designs inspired by the exhibits of.OBJ: Digital Handmande and hand sew bandana summer scarfs with Blackstack Studio. Followed by a garden party. 11.15am – 1pm. Book here


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Contemporary Clay Processes Thurs 6 Sept, 6.00pm


Join maker Owen Quinlan as he discusses how traditions and new technologies meet within his work. Book here

Future Lights - Exhibition of Ceramics Competition Finalists Monday 27 August 2018 at 7.41 am

Future Lights is a competition for recent ceramic graduates from across Europe.  Join us at the parade tower to view presentations by the Future Lights finalists as they discuss and present their work to a panel of judges. The showcase of competition pieces will be on display in the Parade Tower, Kilkenny for one day only. Free to attend. Book here

Culture Night: Festival of Creative Making (All ages) Fri 21 Sept, 5.30pm - 9.30pm

Celebrate Culture Night with our exciting range of free drop-in craft making workshops and activities suitable for all ages. Live music with Ossory Youth music group and a showcases by Open Circle will also take place on the night . Book here

Late Date: Meet The Maker Thurs 18 October, 6.30pm

Join artist and designer Paul Bokslag, as he discusses his inspiration and processes involved in creating his Revolve installation on exhibit at our .OBJ exhibition. Book here

Science Week Programme Mon 12 - 16 November , 11am - 4pm

Learn about digital fabrication with a series of demonstrations from our visiting fab lab, including laser cutting, 3D printing and more. Book here

Late Date: Meet The Maker Thurs 22 November, 6.30pm

Join textile artist threadstories as she discusses her mask-forms, use of social platform Instagram and the processes in creating her FalseHoods series. Book here

Seasonal Craft Workshops (16+) - Christmas Cards & Decorations Thurs 6 December, 6.30pm - 9pm, €30

Get crafty this Christmas with our festive making evenings. Locally produced mulled beverages, hot chocolate, mince pies and music provided.

Print your own Christmas cards and make festive porcelain decorations. Book here

Seasonal Craft Workshops (16+), Wild Wreaths & Willow Decorations €30

Enjoy a wonderful experience and atmosphere at the NDCG. Learn how to create contemporary wild wreaths and festive willow decorations with our experieced workshop facilitators and makers. Mulled beverages and minced pies provided. Book here

Gallery Tours

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