Surface Matters


Surface Matters, an exhibition of new and innovative works from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2019-20, will open at the Coach House, Dublin Castle on Thursday, 21st February 2019. The 24 Irish designer-makers represented were selected by an independent expert panel for demonstrating excellence in craftsmanship, design quality and technical skill by international standards. The accompanying biennial publication, showcasing the stunning objects created by these craftspeople selected, will be launched at the exhibition opening and the winner of the RDS Irish Crafts Bursary (worth €10,000) will also be announced.

Surface Matters, curated by Liz Cooper, considers the extraordinary skill and attention to detail involved in the creation of these contemporary craft objects. From the application of an exquisite patina and the repetition of building a complex form to a deep understanding of how their materials perform, there are many significant skills and attributes that set these makers apart. A well-crafted object gives much visual delight, may make pleasing or intriguing sounds when handled and, if made of an organic material, may also have a scent that evokes other places or times, as soothing or disturbing memories.

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s PORTFOLIO programme actively works to grow the reputations and potential of designer-makers across all major disciplines of contemporary craft. Featured makers are those producing innovative objects, either one-off pieces or limited editions, and working to the highest standards of design quality and technical skill. Selected by an international expert panel, the programme currently features over 120 of Ireland's most renowned makers in disciplines including ceramics, glass, jewellery, metals, paper, textiles, fashion, calligraphy, furniture, woodturning, stone and basketry. PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection, which is part of the broader PORTFOLIO programme, is a biennial publication of the best of Irish contemporary design and craft in a world-class context. The publication aims to increase awareness and understanding of leading Irish makers and their current work.

Clay / Glass / Metal / Other / Paper / Textiles / Wood

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21 February to 19 May 2019


Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle

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