Future Beauty?

Future Beauty?

25 January 2013 – 18 March 2013
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Future Beauty?25 January 2013 – 18 March 2013

Jennifer Hickey | Liam Flynn | Nuala Jamison | Eimear Conyard | Derek Wilson | Angela O’Kelly | Sonja Landweer | Sara Flynn | Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill | Deirdre McLoughlin | Cara Murphy | Denis Brown | Frances Lambe | Joe Hogan | John Lee | Michael McCrory | Paula Stokes | Susan O’Byrne | Sasha Sykes | Joseph Walsh | Nest Design | Roger Bennett | Nuala O’Donovan | Róisín de Buitléar | Liz Nilsson | Jack Doherty

Future Beauty?  is an exhibition of everyday and extraordinary objects – vessels, jewellery, sculpture and furniture – designed and made in twenty six independent studios, all exhibitors are linked by a connection to Ireland, through birth, training or place of residence. Future Beauty will be a rare collision of materials, technologies and cultural influences, all linked by the experience of intelligent making. The show invites us to consider the current shape of art and design in Ireland, and, to consider the ways in which the thinking and the objects from these makers may influence our understanding of art and design in the future. 

‘The handmade is an effort to add something… to contribute something….. it is one possibility to charge something in art…it doesn’t mean a better possibility – just a different one…but it is a possibility that is deeply human.’  Dorothea Pruhl.

Future Beauty is being curated by UK based independent curator and writer on craft and design, Amanda Game.  For 21 years Amanda ran the applied arts department of the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh.   She is currently undertaking doctoral research at the RCA in London on the role and impact of exhibition making as a way of communicating tacit values. 
The twenty six participating studios were originally selected as part of the Irish Craft Portfolio critical selection process initiated and organised by the Crafts Council of Ireland in January 2012.

On Tour

Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin 2 August 2013 – 29 September 2013


Education & Outreach

Curators Talk & Exhibition Opening Fri 25th Jan 5.30pm, 6pm

Join UK based independent curator Amanda Game for an exploration of Future Beauty?, followed by offical opening at 6.30pm

LATE DATE Talk Thur 31st Jan 6.30pm

Adornment : Jewellery in the Present Tense. Conversation with Eimear Conyard & Angela O'Kelly

Maker Seminar: Communicating Your Craft Fri 8th Feb 1.30pm - 5pm

‘Our writing about [craft] must aspire to be as nimble and open to revision as the materials we are writing about.’ Professor Jessica Hemmings.

Communicating Your Craft is a seminar designed for craft makers, focusing on the importance of concise and relevant writing in statements and proposals. The seminar examines the written word as a tool used to explain, contextualise and promote craft practices within catalogues, articles, websites, exhibitions and applications. Organised by the Crafts Council of Ireland in association with the National Craft Gallery, this seminar aims to support you in effectively communicating your craft.

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Muireann Charleton, Education & Innovation Manager, CCoI
Emer Ferran, Enterprise Development Programme Manager, CCoI
Eleanor Flegg, Writer and Academic
Ciara Garvey, Development Manager, Collector & Tourism Programmes, CCoI
Jessica Hemmings, Head of Faculty Visual Culture, NCAD
Susan Holland, Education & Outreach Officer, CCoI

Please Note: Participants are asked to submit a recent statement prior to the seminar. Free Event. Book by email

FAMILY DAY Wearables Sat 9th Feb 10.30am & 12noon

Wearables is a workshop inspired by textiles and combined material construction in wearable art. Suitable for 5 to 12 years of age but all the family are welcome to stay and join in. FREE EVENT Book here

LATE DATE Talk Thurs 28th Feb 6.30pm

Crafting Success, Nicholas Mosse talks Craft Enterprise

FAMILY DAY Inspired Eggs Sat 9th March 10.30am & 12noon

Examining traditional Fabergé designs and the patterned forms of Susan O'Byrne, children will create their own collaged egg forms. Suitable for children aged 5-12 years old but all the family are welcome to stay and join in. FREE EVENT Book here