DCCI Jewellery & Goldsmithing Graduate Exhibition 12 July 2019 – 5 August 2019
An exhibition of silversmithing and precious jewellery in gold, silver and gems by the 2019 graduates of the Design & Crafts Council Ireland’s world-renowned Jewellery & Goldsmithing Course, based in Castle Yard, Kilkenny. The exhibition showcases the high level of craftsmanship and skills honed by the students during the intensive two-year programme.
The students work solely in precious metals with gemstones and have been encouraged to push boundaries in techniques and create innovative designs, which is evident in the almost 100 pieces on display. The exhibition showcases the technical ability and design aesthetics of each of the graduates including twelve intricate rings set with a single coloured gemstone. These rings are housed in their own bespoke silver box, each inspired by a decade from the past 120 years, illustrating the graduate's individual approach to a common brief.
For the second time the DCCI have collaborated on a live project with the Kilkenny Design Group, tasking the students to design retail collections inspired by their signature neckpiece. Most of the creations featured will be available to purchase priced from €60, offering visitors to the gallery an opportunity to acquire work by Ireland’s emerging jewellery designers.
The exhibition will be launched on Friday 12 July.
DCCI Jewellery Goldsmithing Course is a unique programme in jewellery education in Europe. The course covers design, quantity production techniques and manufacture. Specialist subjects such as engraving, enamelling, gemmology, stone setting and silversmithing are taught by experts from the jewellery industry in Ireland and abroad. The emphasis on design and craftsmanship enables students to successfully progress within the jewellery industry.
Education & Outreach
AUREA Launch Fri 12 July 6.30pm
To be opened by Lynn Scariff, Director of the National Museum of Ireland.
Meet the Makers Thurs 18 July 6.30-8pm
Join us in the gallery for a glass of wine to meet the graduates of the Design & Crafts Council Ireland's Jewellery & Goldsmithing course, as they talk about their learning on the course and the exhibition pieces. Register here
Jewellery & Goldsmithing Demonstrations Thu 18 – Sun 21 July 3pm + Thu 25 – Sun 28 July 3pm
Jewellery & goldsmithing demonstrations by graduates of the Design & Crafts Council Ireland's Jewellery & Goldsmithing course in the jewellery studio.
Teen Workshop: Silver Jewellery Making Sun 19 July 10am - 1pm €40
We are delighted to offer a teen silver jewellery making workshop in the Design & Crafts Council Ireland’s Goldsmithing & Jewellery studio. Workshop will be hosted by graduates who have spent two years undertaking intensive study and skill development, in this highly recognised course. Sit at the bench in the jewellery studio to design, forge, decorate and finish your own silver ring or pendant. Book here
Craft Club: Jewellery Making Sat 20 July 10.30am – 11.30am or 12pm - 1pm
Free workshops for ages 5 – 12 years. Inspired by the jewellery pieces on display in the AUREA graduate exhibition, with resident DCCI education panel member Sandra McAllister, children will create their own jewellery piece. Includes gallery tour of selected work. Book here
Adult Workshop: Silver Ring Making Sun 21 July or Sun 28 July 10am – 1pm €50
Silver ring making workshop in the Design & Crafts Council Ireland’s Goldsmithing & Jewellery studio. Workshop will be hosted by graduates who have spent two years undertaking intensive study and skill development, in this highly recognised course. Sit at the bench in the Jewellery studio to design, forge, decorate and finish your own silver ring. Book here