11 August 2018 – 23 January 2019


.OBJ11 August 2018 – 23 January 2019

Exhibitors: Faig Ahmed (AZ), Paul Bokslag (IRL/NL) Common Works (GB), 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.

National Design & Craft Gallery is delighted to be open through the Christmas holidays to ensure you can get your craft and culture fix! We will close briefly on Christmas Day, Stephens Day and New Years Day, and otherwise are delighted to be open throughout the other days. We look forward to welcoming you over the holidays!

Wishing you and yours a happy and peaceful holiday.


National Design & Craft Gallery is delighted to be open through the Christmas holidays to ensure you can get your craft and culture fix! We will close briefly on Christmas Day, Stephens Day and New Years Day, and are delighted to be open throughout the other days. We look forward to welcoming you over the holidays!

Wishing you and yours a happy and peaceful holiday.

Tuesday 17th - Sunday 23rd December

Thursday 27th - Sunday 30th December

and from Wednesday 2nd January as normal.

NDCG opening hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5.30pm and Sunday 11am-5.30pm, closed Mondays.

Education & Outreach

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

Installation artist Sebastian Kite explores the intersection of art, architecture and music. Free. Book here

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

Hands-on workshop to develop and create an installation of motorised module pieces with installation artist Sebastian Kite. Free. Book here

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

Join exhibition curator Nora O Murchú and exhibitors to discuss the evolution of craft and expanded awareness of how we can use materials. Free. Book here

.OBJ: Digital Hand-Made Launch Saturday 11 August 2018 at 2.00 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

Curator Nora Ó Murchú introduces the themes and works in her .OBJ exhibition. Book Here

Threadstories Monday 13 August 2018 at 6.00 pm

In this mask making workshop, artist threadstories explores the processes and techniques of her practice. No previous experience with textiles needed. Book here

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

PAPERCUT TECHNIQUES with Paul Bookslag to explore, pattern, form, and movement. Book here

CLAY CREATURES with Maeve Sookram of Sevensisters in response to Owen Quinlan’s clay forms. Book here

POM POM MIRROR Capture your silhouette with handmade pom pom’s, with Sandra Mc Allister. Book here

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

Silk Screen Print designs and hand sew bandana summer scarfs with Blackstack Studio. Followed by a garden party.

Contemporary Clay Processes Thurs 6 Sept, 6pm

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 5.00 pm

The 2018 finalists of Future Lights, a Europe-wide ceramic graduates competition, discuss and present their work to a panel of judges in the Parade Tower. 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 14 & 15 November , 11am - 4pm

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

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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

Children's Craft Club: Mysterious Masks (5-13Yrs) Saturday 10 November 2018 at 11.00 am

There are many types of mask in the world, they allow us to hide our face, protect us from harm, or even help us to become someone else for a moment in time. Join Threadstories to explore the mysterious world of masks. Using textiles to create playful pieces children will have the opportunity to learn about making wearable craft creations.

Book here 

Seasonal Craft Workshops (16+) - Christmas Cards & Decorations 6 Dec, 6.30pm

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. €30 Book here

Special Christmas Children's Craft Club. Suitable for ages 5-13 years Saturday 8 December 2018 at 11.00 am

Join Maeve Sookram of Sevensisters Ceramics to make unique clay decorations that you will cherish! Children will learn to imprint on clay, how to use clay slabs for construction and create their very own festive clay decorations. Maeve is a member of the DCCoI Education Panel.

Book here

Seasonal Craft Workshops (16+), Wild Wreaths & Willow Decorations 13 Dec, 6.30pm

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. €30

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Craft Club: BLOCK PRINTING with Debra Bowden (5-13Yrs) Saturday 12 January 2019 at 11.00 am

Join print artist Debra Bowden for this months Craft Club at National Design & Craft Gallery, to learn the basics of the ancient craft of Japanese woodblock printmaking. Inspired by Common-works prints in .OBJ, children will make black and white prints from carved woodblocks onto kozo Japanese paper.

Book here