Top Irish craft, from Kilkenny to Royal Hibernian Academy

Work from the Irish Craft Portfolio 2011 exhibition, which made its debut at the Kilkenny-based National Craft Gallery earlier this year, is being shown in the Craft Council of Ireland’s first ever exhibition in Dublin’s Royal Hibernian Academy at the end of this month.

Work from the Irish Craft Portfolio 2011 exhibition, which made its debut at the Kilkenny-based National Craft Gallery earlier this year, is being shown in the Craft Council of Ireland’s first ever exhibition in Dublin’s Royal Hibernian Academy at the end of this month.

The gallery located at Ely Place, Dublin 2 will host the exhibition from November 24-28.

“Supporting emerging and established craft makers is a key element of our activities, especially during the Year of Craft in Ireland,” said Crafts Council of Ireland CEO Karen Hennessy. “This exciting exhibition which showcases the very best of Irish craft on the national and international stage encourages the accessibility of craft to both collectors and consumers.”

Among those who work will be shown are John Lee, who was commissioned to design and make the new Presidential Inauguration Chair; Michael McCrory, a piece of whose work was presented to Queen Elizabeth on her visit to Ireland; and Joseph Walsh, whose “Enignum Canopy Bed” sold for a record price at last year’s Design Miami.

Other makers represented include Inga Reed, Denis Brown, Jack Doherty, Dunleavy Bespoke, Peter Fulop, Karl Harron, Catherine Keenan, Frances Lambe, Sabrina Meyns and Mandy Parslow.