Narrative ToolsMay 2020 - May 2021
Welcome to our Narrative Tools online exhibition
Narrative Tools is an online and postal intergenerational project hosted by the National Design & Craft Gallery (NDCG) with visual artist Caroline Schofield.
It explores a culture of making through creative connections and the importance of handing down skills within families & our communities. Launched to coincide with Bealtaine Festival At Home 2020, NDCG aims to showcase the Narrative Tools project as part of the Bealtaine Festival 2021.
We invite you to send a photograph of a treasured handed-down tool or inherited hand-made items and tell NDCG why it is important to you. We advise to photograph or scan your items on a plain white or non patterend background at a high quality. Email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to: Narrative Tools project, National Design & Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny. Include your name, photograph(s) and brief image description. Penned narratives are also welcome (120 words max).
To celebrate family and community craft connections, content submitted will be shared on ndcg.ie and NDCG’s Facebook and Instagram platforms (@NDCGallery).
“Ever since vessels were first made from clay, clothing from wool, and metal used to create precious objects, makers have been inspired by the past. Craftsmanship and making have been passed down within families. We would love to know the traditions and history of your family as told through the craft tools you use or have inherited.” - Caroline Schofield
GDPR: Your details will be held securely for the purposes of the project in line with Design & Crafts Council Ireland policy, and will not be shared with any other person/agency.
Education & Outreach
Narrative Tools Online Blog Fri 1 May 2020- Mon 31 May 2020
Our online Narrative Tools blog will continue to grow over the coming 12 month. To view updates on content gathered and our monthly public engagement activities please click here
Narrative Tools Project Gathering For DCCI GANS Members Fri 7 August, 3pm
NDCG along with visual artist Caroline Schofield, would like to directly engage with DCCI GANS members as part of the ‘Narrative Tools’ public engagement project. This online gathering includes an introductory overview about ‘Narrative Tools’, as well as interactive group activities with members of various GANS. Guest speakers include Colm Bagnall of the Irish Artist Blacksmiths Association, and Mary Palmer of the Cork Textiles Network, Cork Craft & Design, The Quilters Guild of Ireland and the Irish Patchwork Society. We invite all attending, to bring along a craft tool or item to discuss. Free zoom webinar, advanced booking required. Duration 45 min. Register here
Heritage Week Webinar: Tools Of The trade Thurs 20 August, 3.00 pm
Join NDCG with Narrative Tools visual artist Caroline Schofield, GENERATION exhibition curator Frances Mc Donald & Helena Mc Ateer of Borris Lacemakers, for an informal panel discussion focusing on heritage crafts. This webinar explores the theme 'Heritage on Your Doorstep'. Register here
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