Shape the Future

Shape the Future

18 November 2016 – 5 February 2017


Shape the Future18 November 2016 – 5 February 2017

Cillian O'Sulleabhain | Gail F Mahon | Jackie Mauer | Jaki Coffey | Jennifer Slattery | Karen Donnellan | Kate Murtagh Sheridan | Kate O'Kelly | Lisa Ryder | Lorna Boyle | Natalie Coleman | Owen Quinlan | Pierce Healy | Printblock | Sam Hamilton | Siofra Caherty | Snug | Superfolk | Suzanne Rogers | Una Burke

Shape the Future presents new work by 20 of Irelands most exciting and creative designer makers who have been awarded Future Makers prizes and development funding in the last 7 years. Working across Fashion, Jewellery, Accessories, Textiles, Furniture, Product, Glass, Ceramics and Leather; each of the 20 maker designers are creating new work in response to the exhibition theme.

The exhibition premise asked how craft and design shape our cultural identity and how culture has influenced the work of the participating makers. The exhibition explores links between making today and what it might mean to be a maker in the future; as well as the value of providence in designing and hand making on our island then selling to a global market. The makers have each pushed limits of design ideation, material manipulation and construction techniques to present extraordinary contemporary artefacts. The exhibition had been organised as part of the marking of the centenary of the 1916 rising under the Cultural Expression strand.

The Design & Crafts Council Ireland's 'Future Makers Awards and Supports' provide support for the next generation of makers to learn, experience, investigate, develop, create and shape the future of Irish craft and design.

Curated by Angela O'Kelly


The National Design & Craft Gallery will be closed on the following dates and times over the Christmas period:

Early closure on Christmas eve, saturday the 24th December at 2.30pm.

Closed Christmas Day.

Closed Stephens Day.

Early closure on saturday the 31st December at 4pm.




On Tour

N.C.A.D 3 March 2017 – 20 March 2017

Education & Outreach

Curators Tour & Meet the Makers Fri 18 Nov, 6pm

With curator Angela O’Kelly and maker designers. Followed by official exhibition launch at 7pm with Professor Willie Donnelly, Vice President for Research and Innovation at Waterford Institute of Technology.

School Gallery Visits Tues 22 Nov – Fri 16 Dec

Our gallery educators guide your class in an exploration of craft and design BOOK

Family Day: Funky Textile Accessories Sat 19 Nov, 10.30am + 12noon

Family Day workshops explore our exhibitions through playful experimentation with materials, techniques and ideas. Learn how to make a fun keyrings and zip-tags for your school bag using recycled banners with textile designer Síofra Caherty, inspired by her funky bags and sports accessories. BOOK NOW

TY SCHOOL WORKSHOPS: Exploring Creative Design Ideas for Junk Kouture Thurs 17, 24 Nov and 1 Dec, 1.30-3.30pm

Irish fashion designer and lecturer Joan Brennan’s will facilitate three intensive workshops on idea development and garment construction for Transition Year students applying to the Junk Kouture competition. Students are invited to bring along their early stage designs, mood boards and some of their chosen materials to work with Joan in a two-hour intensive session developing their ideas into wearable forms. Each session is limited to a single school group, cost/student €10. Places limited BOOK NOW

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FAMILY DAY: Hand-Print Christmas Cards Sat 10 Dec, 10.30am, 12noon + 1.30pm

We invite young makers and families to take part in a hands-on craft workshop, specially designed to get you in a creative the mood! Getting ready for the festive season, create your very own hand-printed christmas card designs for family and friends with print designer Caroline Ryan of Printblock. BOOK NOW

FESTIVE MAKING: Wild Wreaths & Print Pattern Linens Thurs 15 Dec, 6pm – 9.30pm

Get crafty for Christmas with our special festive making evening. Choose from two workshops creating bespoke crafts to decorate your home: Design and create your own Print Pattern Table-linens for your Christmas table with textile designer Maeve Hunter and craft Hand-made Wild Wreaths for your front door or table under tutelage of master florist Lamber de Bie. With music, mulled wine and festive nibbles, to help you get in the holiday spirit. Workshops start at 6pm + 8pm | Print Pattern Linens €16 | Hand-made Wreaths €25 | €35 for both. Places limited. BOOK NOW or contact 056 7796151

FAMILY DAY: Making Metal Badges Sat 21 Jan, 10.30am + 12noon

Combine metal pieces to create your own badge. Metals and jewellery designer Suzanne Rogers shows you how to make marks to create patterns and attach metal pieces with wire or little nuts & bolts. BOOK NOW