AUREA, an exhibition of precious jewellery and silversmithing work from the 2019 graduates of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Jewellery & Goldsmithing Course to open in Kilkenny on 12 July

AUREA, an exhibition of stunning silversmithing work and precious jewellery in gold, silver and gems designed and created by the 2019 graduates of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s renowned Jewellery & Goldsmithing Course, will open at the National Design & Craft Gallery in Castle Yard, Kilkenny on Friday, 12 July 2019. Running until Monday 5 August, the exhibition will showcase the high level of craftsmanship and unique skills honed by the 12 students during the intensive two-year programme at DCCoI’s Centre of Excellence in Jewellery & Goldsmithing. Aurea, from the Latin term meaning ‘golden’, will be officially opened by Lynn Scarff, Director of the National Museum of Ireland.

During the past two years, the students have worked solely in precious metals with gemstones. They have been encouraged to push boundaries in techniques and to create innovative designs which will be evident in the almost 100 pieces on display in Aurea. The exhibition will also showcase the technical ability and design aesthetics of each of the graduates, including 12 intricate rings set with a single coloured gemstone. Each of these rings will be housed in its own bespoke presentation box, inspired by a decade from the past 120 years and illustrating each graduate’s individual approach to a common brief.

Visitors to the gallery will have an opportunity to purchase some of this beautiful work with jewellery collections ranging in price from approximately €60 to €300 and bespoke one-off pieces on offer from €1,000. The public will also have the chance to attend talks by the graduates and try their hand at jewellery making during the exhibition’s run: a free Meet the Makers evening will feature the graduates talking about the work, techniques and skills they developed during the course, and there will be a silver jewellery workshop for teens, a Craft Club for 5- to 13-year-olds and adult ring making workshops.

In 2019, DCCoI’s Centre of Excellence in Jewellery & Goldsmithing collaborated for a second time with the Kilkenny Group on a design competition for the students. During a four-week period earlier this year, the students designed and produced their own signature neckpiece/pendant, the design of which would be used to influence a product range suitable for sale with this renowned retailer. Following a presentation and selection process, four of the students – Eve Doyle, David McCauley, Mark Newman and Jodie White – were shortlisted to have their collections showcased in the windows of the flagship Kilkenny Shop on Nassau Street, Dublin and made available to buy in-store for the month of September 2019. The overall winner of the design competition will be announced in October. 

For information on each of the 12 graduates visit


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05 July to 05 August 2019


National Design & Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny


Free admission

Opening Hours

Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5.30pm, Sunday + Bank Holidays: 11am - 5.30pm

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