Future Beauty at the National Craft Gallery

Future Beauty? - An exhibition of work from Irish Craft Portfolio: Critical Selection will run at the National Craft Gallery until March 13.

Future Beauty? - An exhibition of work from Irish Craft Portfolio: Critical Selection will run at the National Craft Gallery until March 13.

“Look closely enough, and everything is revealed through objects: from daily routine to faith, emotion, love, belief, hope and dreams,” said Gemma Tipton, writer on Irish art, design and culture.

Future Beauty? is a rare collision of materials, technologies and cultural influences, all linked by the experience of intelligent making. Drawn from twenty six studios and featuring both everyday and extraordinary objects, the show invites us to consider the current shape of craft, art and design in Ireland - and the ways in which the thinking and the objects from these makers may influence our understanding of these interconnected disciplines in the future.

All exhibitors are linked by a connection to Ireland, through birth, training or place of residence. The focus on physical objects will, in some cases, be complemented by drawings, photographs, text and film where these add an essential dimension to understanding of the work.

The exhibition is drawn from Irish Craft Portfolio: Critical Selection, a hardbound book which was launched by the Crafts Council of Ireland at the exhibition opening.

The book presents the highest standards of contemporary craft in Ireland as selected by an international panel and features 26 makers across the disciplines of ceramics; jewellery; glass; metals; paper, textiles and calligraphy; and furniture, woodwork and basketry.

Amanda Game curated Future Beauty? from this pre-determined selection, using the juxtaposition of individuals as an opportunity to interrogate the state of contemporary craft in Ireland and what light it might shed culturally on who we are. With 26 makers across a range of regions, ages and disciplines and of varying degrees of Irishness from diaspora to immigrant, she explores what – if any - distinctive idioms, languages or approaches can be discerned. The exhibition invites us to explore what ‘intelligent creation’ may bring to contemporary objects in the future and what it will contribute to Irish economies and values in the coming years.

Future Beauty? is curated by UK based independent curator and writer on craft and design, Amanda Game. For 21 years Amanda ran the applied arts department of the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh. She is currently undertaking doctoral research at the Royal College of Art in London on the role and impact of exhibition making as a way of communicating tacit values.

Selected makers include: Angela O’Kelly, Sonja Landweer, Sara Flynn, Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill, Deirdre McLoughlin, Cara Murphy, Denis Brown, Derek Wilson, Eimear Conyard, Frances Lambe, Jennifer Hickey, Joe Hogan, John Lee, Michael McCrory, Paula Stokes, Susan O’Byrne, Sasha Sykes, Joseph Walsh, Nest Design, Roger Bennett, Nuala O’Donovan, Nuala Jamison, Róisín de Buitléar, Liz Nilsson, Jack Doherty and Liam Flynn.

The exhibition runs at the National Craft Gallery until March 13. For more information see www.nationalcraftgallery.ie or www.irishcraftportfolio.ie