12 March 2020 – 21 June 2020


Generation12 March 2020 – 21 June 2020

Hugo Byrne | Mark Campden | Ryan Connolly | Róisin deBuitlear | Mourne Textiles | Cara Murphy | Álla Sinkevich | Katharine West

This exhibition invites us to consider the unique perspective of a group of designer-makers who are custodians of a familial tradition of making and creativity, continuing and/or reinventing the work begun by previous generations of their family.

For these designers and makers tradition is not static, but is in constant movement and so the exhibition traces ways in which their cultural legacy is defined, or sometimes re-defined as they navigate contemporary studio practices and workshops whose origins are rooted in previous generations.

It explores how generational relationships and personal histories have encouraged an added sense of responsibility, influenced aesthetic considerations and helped shape overall narratives. Based on the notion that making matters, the exhibition reminds us that no matter what form it takes, the importance of making and respect for tradition remains at the heart of these family enterprises.

Curated by Frances McDonald and Muireann Charleton.

Education & Outreach

Generation // Virtual Visits Thurs 12 March

Following the temporary closure of the National Design & Craft Gallery on 12 March, in line with all cultural institutions, Generation is being made accessible as a virtual exhibition during this unprecedented period. Over the coming weeks, the Gallery is presenting interviews with the eight featured makers and two curators, image slideshows with audio tour, online workshops for children and adults, and essays exploring the influences and theme of the exhibition. All virtual experiences will be shared through the Gallery’s Facebook and Instagram platforms (@NDCGallery) and on Design & Crafts Council Ireland’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@DCCIreland).

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