CULTURE NIGHT: Festival of Creative Making

CULTURE NIGHT: Festival of Creative Making

Festival of Fashion & Light at the National Design & Craft Gallery
Fri 22nd Sept, 5pm - 10pm

Join us for a craft festival of Creative Making on Culture Night!

Children and young people will have the chance to roll up their sleeves and explore their creativity through an inventive use of materials, technology and craft techniques, and adults can enjoy some light refreshments and entertainment. We will provide picnic blanket, cushions and music. Participate in our free drop-in workshops (suitable for all ages), engage with our interactive zone activities and Irish speaking gallery tours. Workshops and activities include tote bag printing, developing skills to make motorized moving structures and Pom-pom Jewellery. Discover our woven village, try your hand at drawing and enjoy a showcase by the Open Circle group at NDCG.

Our Culture Night workshops, activities and showcases are inspired by our .OBJ exhibition of works by Irish and international makers whose practices are situated at the intersection of the digital and analogue. These makers draw on emerging digital tools and processes to experiment with material practices that are rooted in craft and design traditions, building objects that question and shape our world. 

This is a free event. No booking required! 

Interactive Zone’s 
Woven Huts (for ages 5+): Help create a woven hut village in the Castle Yard by experimenting with a variety of materials. Other activities include chalk drawing, fun with bubbles and more.

Craft Workshops (for all ages) 
Tote Bag Printing: Participate in this hands-on screen-printing workshop with Print Block studio. Adults and children will have the chance to try out the technique of screen-printing to create their very own hand-crafted tote with repeat patterns and motifs inspired by the work on display in the .OBJ exhibition.  
Scribblebots: With Make Create Innovate. In these 40 minute drop in workshops, participants will design and make your own Scribblebot inspired by designs aided by technology featured in the National Craft and Design Gallery Exhibition .OBJ. This workshop is ideal for anyone that wants to experiment with motors. You will build a robot that creates contemporary artworks for you. No prior experience with technology is necessary. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult guardian.

Pom Pom Making Jewellery: Go pom-pom crazy with workshop facilitator and goldsmith Marie Wilgaared Kelly. Inspired by the work of Danel Rozin. Children will make their own unique textile jewellery. 

Block Printing: Learn the ancient technique of paper block printing with members from Kilkenny based Open Circle Community Arts Collective, inspired by our .obj exhibit by Commonworks.

Open Circle Community Arts Collective Showcase                               Members of Open Circle were invited to join artist threadstories for a series of workshops to coincide with her solo exhibition during the Kilkenny Arts festival 2018. Join us at the gallery on Culture Night to view an incredible showcase of work produced by Open Circle facilitated by threadstories. 

Music and Irish Speaking Gallery Tours
National Design & Craft Gallery is connecting with Colaiste Pobail Osrai’s very own rock band who have been invited to perform on the evening.

As part of Culture Night celebrations 2018 senior cycle students from Colaiste Pobail Osrai will be offering Irish speaking gallery tours at 2pm. Learn about our current exhibition .obj - as gaeilge.

Info: | 056 7796 151