Shape the Future

Shape the Future presents new work by 20 of Ireland's most exciting and creative designer makers

Shape the Future presents new work by 20 of Ireland's most exciting and creative designer makers who have been awarded Future Makers prizes and development funding in the last 7 years. Working across Fashion, Jewellery, Accessories, Textiles, Furniture, Product, Glass, Ceramics and Leather; each of the 20 maker designers are creating new work in response to the exhibition theme.

The exhibition premise asked how craft and design shape our cultural identity and how culture has influenced the work of the participating makers. The exhibition explores links between making today and what it might mean to be a maker in the future; as well as the value of providence in designing and hand making on our island then selling to a global market. The makers have each pushed limits of design ideation, material manipulation and construction techniques to present extraordinary contemporary artefacts. The exhibition had been organised as part of the marking of the centenary of the 1916 rising under the Cultural Expression strand.

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland's 'Future Makers Awards and Supports' provide support for the next generation of makers to learn, experience, investigate, develop, create and shape the future of Irish craft and design.

Curated by Angela O'Kelly

Featured makers

  • Cillian Ó Súilleabháin
  • Gail F Mahon
  • Jackie Maurer
  • Jaki Coffey
  • Jennifer Slattery
  • Karen Donnellan
  • Kate Murtagh Sheridan
  • Kate O'Kelly
  • Lisa Ryder
  • Lorna Boyle
  • Natalie B Coleman
  • Owen Quinlan
  • Pierce Healy
  • Print Block
  • Sam Hamilton
  • Síofra Caherty
  • Snug
  • Superfolk
  • Suzanne Rogers
  • Úna Burke
Clay / Glass / Metal / Other / Paper / Textiles / Wood

This event listing is compiled for informational purposes only and is correct at time of publication. Event listings may be subject to change by the organisers and readers are advised to contact the organisers directly for the most up to date information. DCCoI cannot be held responsible for any alterations to the existing schedule.

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18 November 2016 to 05 February 2017


National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny

Opening Hours

Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5.30pm, Sundays: 11am - 5.30pm, Closed Mondays, Bank Holidays: 11am - 5.30pm

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