Beauty is the First Test

Beauty is the First Test

16 May 2014 – 9 July 2014
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Beauty is the First Test16 May 2014 – 9 July 2014

Michael Brennand-Wood | Suresh DuttJanice GunnerLesley Halliwell | Lucy McMullenJanette MatthewsPeter Randall-PageAnn SuttonLaura Thomas

Mathematical concepts underpin many craft techniques, especially around textile construction, and can be key tools for artistic development. This exhibition’s intention is to unlock and demystify maths by showing unique and stimulating works of art, and also inviting in-depth consideration of contemporary artistic and craft practices in this wider context. Beauty is the First Test sets out to show that art and mathematics are more closely bound together than many perceive and that the enjoyment of one can enhance the understanding of the other.

Education & Outreach

Bealtaine: Crafternoon Tea Fri 23rd May, 2pm

The National Craft Gallery invites you to join us for Crafternoon Tea and an informal tour of our exhibition 'Beauty is the First Test' on Friday 23rd May at 2pm. This free, informal event is open to everyone and celebrates continued creativity as we age.

Family Day: Origami with Gina Faustino Sat 14th June, 10.30 am + 12 noon

Join us for our crafty Family Day where we will be trying out origami inspired by our current exhibition Beauty is the First Test with textile artist Gina Faustino. Workshops suitable for 5 +. All the family are welcome to stay and take part. Booking essential as places are limited.

To book: / Phone 056 7796151

Beauty is the First Test: Curator Tour with Liz Cooper Fri 16th May, 6pm

Curator of Beauty is the First Test Liz Cooper will give us a short tour of the exhibition and discuss the works involved. This will be followed by a launch of the exhibition at 7pm by Tomás Ó Ruairc, Director of the Teaching Council.

National Drawing Day Sat 17th May, 12 - 4pm

National Craft Gallery welcomes drawers of all ages and abilities for National Drawing Day 2014! A series of fun and engaging drawing workshops will be led by artists and our Education Team with plenty of activity for all the family. Find inspiration from our current exhibition Beauty is the First Test and then follow the drawing trail over to to the Castle and Butler Gallery for more creative drawing workshops!

Late Date: Spirostitch Textile Workshop Thurs 26th June, 6.30pm

We'll be getting crafty for our Late Date this month, trying our hand at stitching patterns and embroidery inspired by the pattern and geometry of the spirograph in our current exhibition Beauty is the First Test. Join us for a glass of wine and a relaxed, informal evening of stitching and textile making. Free event. No booking required.