Surface Matters

Surface Matters

Design & Crafts Council of Ireland's PORTFOLIO Critical Selection 2019-2020

21 November 2019 - 24 February 2020
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Exhibition

Surface Matters
Design & Crafts Council of Ireland's PORTFOLIO Critical Selection 2019-2020 21 November 2019 - 24 February 2020

Alan Meredith | Annemarie Reinhold | Cara Murphy | Cecilia Moore | Ciarán McGill | Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill | David McCaul | Eimear Conyard | Emma Bourke | Grainne Watts | Jack Doherty | Jennifer Hickey | Joe Hogan | John Lee | Joseph Walsh | Mike Byrne | Nuala O’Donovan | Roger Bennett | Sara Flynn | Sasha Sykes | Stephen O’Briain | Stevan Hartung | Úna Burke | Zelouf & Bell

An exhibition of new, innovative works from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2019-20. The designer makers represented were selected by an international panel, for demonstrating excellence in craftsmanship, design quality and technical skill.

Surface Matters, curated by Liz Cooper, considers the extraordinary skill and attention to detail involved in the creation of these contemporary craft objects; from the application of an exquisite patina to the repetition of building a complex form and a deep understanding of how their materials perform which has set these makers apart. The curator reflects “a well-crafted object… will give much visual delight, may make pleasing or intriguing sounds when handled, and if made of an organic material may also have a scent that evokes other places or times, as soothing or disturbing memories. But when we talk about the surface quality of an object, touch is the sense that comes to mind first…. Surface in craft and design is not simply a lick of paint or a gloss of varnish. Instead it speaks to us of the skill and knowledge of the maker, in their understanding, handling and processing of the materials that make up the completed forms, be they raw matter like raw metal, wood, yarn or clay, or those mediated by manufacture, including molten glass, alloys, glazes and varnishes. The surface is also the material of making itself and the way it has been handled, not just an outer coat or covering.”

An impressive publication designed by Atelier Projects, accompanies this exhibition Critical Selection 2019–2020, view the PDF here

See Portfolio.DCCoI.ie for further information on each of the exhibitors.

Surface Matters launched at the Coach House in Dublin Castle on 21 February 2019, will tour to Artesania Catalunya – CCAM from 30 May to 21 July 2019 and will show at National Design & Craft Gallery in Kilkenny from 21 November 2019 to 24 February 2020.

Education & Outreach

European Artistic Crafts Day Tour 3 April, 2.30pm

A free public Culture Club Tour at Coach House Gallery in Dublin Castle, introducing some of pieces in by the 24 makers in the Surface Matters exhibition. Book your spot by emailing: cultureclub@dublincitycouncilculturecompany.ie or call/text: 086 810 1783

More about Culture Club tours

April Culture Club Tour 17 April, 2.30pm

A free public Culture Club Tour at Coach House Gallery in Dublin Castle, introducing some of pieces in by the 24 makers in the Surface Matters exhibition. Book your spot by emailing: cultureclub@dublincitycouncilculturecompany.ie or call/text: 086 810 1783
 

More about Culture Club tours

May Culture Club Tour 9 May, 2pm

A free public Culture Club Tour at Coach House Gallery in Dublin Castle, introducing some of pieces in by the 24 makers in the Surface Matters exhibition. Book your spot by emailing: cultureclub@dublincitycouncilculturecompany.ie or call/text: 086 810 1783

Meet The Makers 16 May, 12.30-2pm

Join us for a special 'Meet the Makers' talk in the Coach House, Dublin Castle with makers Stevan Hartung, Jennifer Hickey and Roger Bennett. Discover these makers processes and their work, which feature in the extraordinary exhibition; PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection, showcasing the leading edge of Irish contemporary design and craft.

Gallery Tours

Guided tours are available for groups, booking is required - events@ndcg.ie | 056 7796151 Events can be booked on NDCG.eventbrite.com or email / call us.
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On Tour

The Coach House, Dublin Castle 21 February 2019 – 19 May 2019

Artesania Catalunya – CCAM, Barcelona 30 May 2019 – 21 July 2019