21 January 2014 – 19 March 2014
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CultureCRAFT21 January 2014 – 19 March 2014

Tom Agnew | Neil Read | Alex Scott | Adam Frew | Peter Meanley | Gail Mahon | Peter Fulop | Scott Benefield | Peadar Lamb  | Alva Gallagher | James Toal | Charlene McFarland | Stuart Cairns | Rachel McKnight | Eily O’Connell | Sabrina Meynes | Justyna Truchanowska | Cara Murphy | Angela O’Kelly | Nigel Cheney | Helen McAllister | Tara Ni Nuallain | Liz Nilsson | Caroline Schofield | Logan McLain | Brigitta Varadi | Liam Flynn | Joe Hogan | Seliena Coyle | Deirdre O Callaghan | Suzanne Woods| Mary R.Cullen | Richard Sinclair | Michelle Stephens

CultureCRAFT showcases the work of 36 makers who have responded to the curator’s request for them to create an object which reflects their understanding of culture; and of how material objects can carry a community’s shared history and reflect a cultural perspective.

The exhibition includes work in a wide range of craft disciplines from both emerging young makers and those who are at the forefront of their field, embodying a wide variety of cultural identities and backgrounds.

The exhibition is supported by a specially produced catalogue, featuring essays from a number of leading academics - including Dr Audrey Whitty, Dr Jessica Hemmings, Dr Joseph McBrinn and Professor Declan McGonagle - which aim to contextualise the exhibition and convey the cultural importance of craft.

Curated by Seliena Coyle.

Download PDF of Artists Statements/Cultural Influences

Education & Outreach

CultureCraft: Curator Tour with Seliena Coyle Fri 24th Jan, 6pm

Curator of CultureCraft Seliena Coyle will introduce origins of the exhibition, discussing a range of the works on display. The Curators Tour will be followed by the launch of the exhibition in Kilkenny, to be opened by Martin Bradley, Chair of the Crafts Council of Northern Ireland at 7pm.

Late Date: Artist Talk with Caroline Schofield Thurs 30th Jan, 6pm

Artist Caroline Schofield will join us in the galleries to discuss her scultural piece in CultureCraft and work in development for the coming exhibition Interlace. Join us for a relaxed discussion about ideas, culture, materials and textile techniques over a glass of wine!

Family Day: Playful Puppets with Mairead Holohan Sat 8th Feb, 10.30am + 12noon

This Family Day takes inspiration from the curious forms of Helen McAllister's colourful textile sculptures in the CultureCraft exhibition. These puppet-like legs of tights attached to beautifully hand embellished shoes, suggest movement and attitude. Responding to the exhibition children will work with textile artist Mairead Holohan to make their own Playful Puppet sculptures, learning about pattern, stitching and embellishments.

Suitable for 5 to 12 years old, parents are welcome to stay and join in. To book email

Late Date: Artist Talk with Nigel Cheney & Helen McAllister Thurs 27th Feb, 6pm

Artists Nigel Cheney & Helen McAllister both lecture in NCAD and will join us in the galleries in February to discuss the ideas which influence their works in the CultureCraft exhibition and give an overview on their broader artistic practices. Nigel & Helen will also introduce their new book 'Textile Surface Manipulation', published by Bloomsbury, London. Join us for an informal evening and a glass of wine!

Family Day: Paper Blossoms with Carrie Lynam Sat 8th Mar, 10.30am + 12noon

This Family Day takes inspiration from Sabrina Meyns paper and silver blossom sculpture in the CultureCraft exhibition, representing her Mothers love of gardening and her Fathers metal-working. Children will work with textile Artist Carrie Lynam to learn simple techniques of wire-work and paper-crafting to design and create their own Spring Blossoms.

Suitable for 5 to 12 years old, parents are welcome to stay and join in. To book email

CONFERENCE at the National Musuem: Contemporary Craft - Curating, Collecting, Critical Writing Sat 1 Mar, 9.30am

The day is designed around three sessions, which will discuss curating contemporary craft, writing and critical thinking about craft, and institutional craft collections. Martina Margetts, Senior Tutor in Critical & Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art in London, will give the Key Note Address and the conference will be chaired by Dr Emily Mark-Fitzgerald, Lecturer at the School of Art History & Cultural Policy, University College Dublin.

Admission: €10 / €5 | To book call the National Museum of Ireland: 01 6486453 or email here