MATERIALpoetry at Galway Arts Festival

Exhibition of work by Ireland’s leading designer makers to feature at this year’s Galway Arts Festival

MATERIALpoetry, an exhibition of contemporary objects featuring the best of the new wave of design/craft currently emerging from Ireland and one of the highlight events of this years Year of Craft Programme, is one of the main events at the Galway Arts Festival which takes place from 11 – 24 July 2011. The exhibition will take place at the ABSOLUT Festival Gallery – a specially commissioned space located on the Headford Road in Galway.

MATERIALpoetry is the first in a series of exhibitions of contemporary craft & design, which will take place over the next three years in Ireland and the US under the direction of a newly created agency called STUDIOpractice. STUDIO practice aims to give a voice to Irish designers and studio makers dedicated to challenging their concepts, creativity and skill to create truly new and innovative work.

In MATERIALpoetry international curator Brian Kennedy focuses on Irish makers whose work is infused with a poetic simplicity and a material honesty, influenced by ancient Irish architectural forms, the majestic Irish landscape, a deep-rooted knowledge and respect for techniques and a true understanding and love of material. The show will include work by ceramicists Sara Flynn, Nuala O’Donovan and Frances Lambe, furniture maker Joseph Walsh, basketmaker Joe Hogan and furniture designer makers Yaffe Mays.

The show also features pieces created as a result of first time collaborations between Irish designers and Irish product/craft designers at a studio level including a new design by Architects O’Donnell + Tuomey which will be seen for the first time at the show while the MATERIALpoetry catalogue features a specially commissioned series of black and white photographs accompanied by a selection of contemporary Irish poetry.

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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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11 to 24 July 2011


ABSOLUT Festival Gallery, Headford Road, Galway.

Further Information

Frances McDonald

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