National Craft Gallery Seminar - THE NORDIC EFFECT: CRAFTING SUCCESS

National Craft Gallery Seminar - THE NORDIC EFFECT: CRAFTING SUCCESS

April 5th 2013
Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny

11.30am – 4.30pm, Registration from 11am
€10 / €8 Concession | To register email or call: 056 7796151

THE NORDIC EFFECT: CRAFTING SUCCESS investigates our fascination with Scandinavian and Nordic design, discussing the principles and attributes that determine its continued success. Reflecting on this Nordic influence, designers, makers and consultants will discuss strategies, supports and models for success which could strengthen and develop Irish practices.

The seminar also offers the opportunity to explore the current positioning and understanding of craft or ‘kunsthåndverkere’ in Nordic countries versus in Ireland, given the span of practice from from focused on traditional hand-skills, to design for production, to object- oriented contemporary art practice.

Since the 1950s Nordic craft and design has been recognised for excellence on an international platform. Ireland in particular has looked northerly, in an effort to identify principles that could strengthen Irish design practice. The first instance of this was inviting the Scandinavian Report of 1961, through which a team of experts from Nordic Countries made recommendations on programmes and policies that would raise the bar of Irish design and craft. Now 50 + years on, we reflect on this influence in the light of contemporary practices.

THE NORDIC EFFECT: CRAFTING SUCCESS Seminar is programmed in response to two Nordic exhibitions, which will run at National Craft Gallery from March 27th to May 15th. Paradigm, curated by Lars Sture and produced by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with Norwegian Crafts, is supported by the Norwegian Embassy and Views on Clay, produced by Design Migration, is supported by the Finnish Embassy and the Finnish Insitute in London.


Session 1:  Nordic Design, Principles and Strengths
Session 2: Panel Discussion: Kunsthandverk: Nordic Positioning of Contemporary Craft
Session 3: Looking North – Influence on Irish Practice
Session 4: Nordic Strategies and Irish Supports

Invited Speakers:

Patrick Daly Management Consultant and Advisor to Creative Industries, IRE
Gearoid Muldowney Designer / Director of Superfolk, IRE
Liz Nilsson Designer / Maker, SWE / IRE
Jordan Ralph Designer / Maker, IRE
Suvi Saloniemi Curator, Design Museum, Helsinki, FIN
Tanja Sipilä Designer and Member of Design Migration+, Helsinki, FIN
Lars Sture Curator, UK / NOR
Dr. Jorunn Veiteberg Chair of Norwegian Crafts, Oslo, NOR

6.00pm, Curators Talk at National Craft Gallery
Lars Sture, curator of Paradigm and Tanja Silipä, co-curator of Views on Clay

7.00pm, The Nordic Effect exhibitions Launch at National Craft Gallery
Official Launch of Paradigm and Views on Clay

9.00pm, Nordic Night at Billy Byrnes, John St, Kilkenny
Nordic Grooves with DJ and curator Suvi Saloniemi and Nordic menu at The Bula Bus


Getting Here:

The National Craft Gallery is located in the heart of Kilkenny City, in the South-East of Ireland. We are conveniently located close to major airports and ferry ports and only one and a half hours from Dublin, Cork and Rosslare Harbour. Get travel routes here.

Kilkenny has an abundance of accommodation to suit every taste and pocket. You can avail of special offers from our accommodation partners, the Pembroke Hotel, by mentioning ‘Kilkenny Design Workshops’ when you book, or check out the Kilkenny Tourism website for other options.

While you are visiting take time to explore the Kilkenny Craft Trail, visiting craft studios and craft shops listed in the Made In Kilkenny Guide.



The Nordic Effect: Crafting Success Seminar is organised by the Crafts Council of Ireland (CCoI) as part of its programme for The Gathering 2013. CCoI are delighted to welcome all visitors to Kilkenny as part of its Gathering programme of events, which celebrates the central role that craft and design play in our lives.

Posted on February 21, 2013. Filed in Press Releases.