Sometimes the best way to understand work is to listen to the artist explain their thinking and making processes. It gives a unique insight and an opportunity to ask questions, so we have a vibrant programme of talks by artists, designers or exhibition curators throughout the year. Usually on the last Thursday of the month, we open our doors late for an after hours look at the current exhibition, accompanied by a glass of wine and an informal discussion. It’s a great place to meet new friends and get an alternative point of view.
October Late Date, Ceadogán Rugs
Thurs 22, 6.30pm FREE EVENT
National Craft Gallery’s monthly Late Date for October hosts a Meet the Maker Talk with Dennis Kenny of the incredibly popular Ceadogán Rugs. Denis Kenny, owner and maker, leads the team at Ceadogán. For the past 25 years he has been committed to the craft of rug-making, and during that time has amassed a lifetime of experience in working with wools and silks. As a small enterprise, Ceadogán Rugs is focused, highly skilled, very experienced and dedicated to pairing the traditional values of remarkable craftsmanship and contemporary design. It is Denis’ meticulous care and attention to detail which truly distinguishes a Ceadogán rug. Come meet the man and hear about the journey.
November Late Date, MADE In Kilkenny
Thurs 26, 6.30pm FREE EVENT
Join a selection of designer makers from MADE in Kilkenny at our November Late Date. Hear the stories behind the work and meet the makers. Wonderful opportunity to get to know your local craft community.
‘MADE in Kilkenny’ was formed in early 2009, and was set up to foster excellence in crafts in County Kilkenny, to encourage the growth of the professional craft industry and to promote the county as a shopping destination for authentic, handmade craft in Ireland. Kilkenny, has long had the reputation for being a hub of creativity, and ‘MADE in Kilkenny’ contributes to this.
December Late Date, Festive Craft Evening
Thurs 17, 6.30pm FREE EVENT
Make a date with a friend or family member to meet at the National Craft Gallery this Christmas for a festive evening of craft activities designed for the whole family to enjoy. Join us for a warming glass of mulled wine in the surrounds of our current exhibition Ó.