Narrative Tools

Narrative Tools

May 2020 - May 2021
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Narrative ToolsMay 2020 - May 2021

Welcome to our Narrative Tools online exhibition

About                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Narrative Tools is an online and postal intergenerational project hosted by the National Design & Craft Gallery (NDCG) with visual artist Caroline Schofield.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Inspired by NDCG’s exhibition, Generation, it explores our creative connections and the importance of handing down skills within families. 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 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 craft connections, content submitted will be shared on 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

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