Heritage Week 2020 NDCG Programme

This year our heritage week programme celebrates the significant importance that heritage, craft and design contribute to the quality of places where we live and work. Our selection of heritage week virtual activities and events explore the following themes; Heritage on Your Doorstep; Relearning Skills From our Heritage; The Heritage of Education. See below for more details.   

Webinar: Tools of the trade
Thursday 20 August, 3pm 

Duration 40 min
Join the National Design & Craft Gallery (NDCG) with visual artist Caroline Schofield and special guests, for an informal panel discussion focusing on heritage crafts. This webinar will highlight a selection of wonderful stories gathered as part of the NDCG’s Narrative Tools Project. Special guests will also share expert knowledge of heritage craft skills & collections. Panel participants and audience members will be encouraged to consider how we can preserve and in-still the value of Irish craft knowledge & skills for future generations. Suitable for adults. Free zoom webinar, advanced booking required. Register here

‘Narrative Tools’, explores our creative connections and personal histories through stories gathered about craft tools and treasured craft items. Launched to coincide with Bealtaine Festival At Home 2020, NDCG aims to showcase the Narrative Tools project as part of the Bealtaine Festival 2021. For More information click here                                                                                                            

Webinar: Irish Botanical Mythology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Friday 21 August, 3pm 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Duration 40 min                                                                                                                                           
In this webinar, award winning craftsperson and member of the Glass Society of Ireland Emma Bourke, will reflect on why Irish Botanical Mythology inspires her work. Niall MacCoitir, author of the Myths, Legends & Folklore series will share his expertise on  botanical mythology. Mary Pyke, Head Gardner at Rothe House Kilkenny, will also join us to discuss the history & restoration of Rothe House Urban garden, referencing 17 century Archaeological excavation finds. Audience members will gain an enjoyable insight into the cultural aspects of Irelands flora, as seen through the eyes of craftsperson, author and gardener. Register here

Webinar: Design Education Kilkenny 1960’s – 1980’s
Friday 21 August, 12pm 

Duration 45 min                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The National Design & Craft Gallery invite you learn about the heritage of design education in Kilkenny. Our panel of speakers will reflect on their immersive educational experience in the Butler House Scholarship programme & at the Kilkenny Design Workshops (KDW). Education in a broad selection of design disciplines, from craft to visual communications and industrial design will be discussed. This webinar will offer the audience an insight into the significance of KDW and its education activities.Suitable for teens and adults. Free zoom webinar, advanced booking required. Register here

Established in 1963, KDW was located in the Castle Yard, where it operated successfully until 1988. Its primary objective was to cultivate design for industry. During this time a new Irish design aesthetic was developed along with an appreciation for Irish design through craft. To access The Kilkenny Design app for Apple iPad click here

Video Documenting For Future Generations
DCCI in partnership with the Heritage Council commissioned makers and in particular, Crafts Guilds, across Ireland to share their knowledge of materials and process through engaging videos. Video content focuses on traditional craft skills (including skills that are endangered), and showcases the handing down of skills. Throughout heritage week videos will be shared via this webpage and www.heritageweek.ie.

Video will be included in the Get Ireland Making initiative led by Design & Crafts Council Ireland as part of a Government-led interagency campaign to support Ireland’s cultural and creative practitioners. Supported by Creative Ireland and Healthy Ireland it aims to share the skills of our talented craftspeople and designers with communities across Ireland.