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Monumentality – Fragility: European prize for applied arts

Monumentality / Fragility, a major multi-venue exhibition of contemporary crafts featuring 74 makers from 19 European countries, including seven Irish participants, is running at two locations – the National Design & Craft Gallery, Castle Yard and Kilkenny Castle in partnership with the Office of Public Works until 23 June 2019. Ireland is the only country to host the European Prize for Applied Arts outside of Belgium, a prestigious exhibition showcasing over 170 exceptional objects.

For the 2018 edition of the European Prize for Applied Arts, artists were invited to draw inspiration from the paradoxical nature of the dual theme, Monumentality / Fragility, proposed by BeCraft (previously World Crafts Council – Belgique Francophone). Over 600 makers from across Europe applied to the open call from which 74 were selected by an expert jury. The seven Irish participants are basketmaker Joe Hogan; silversmith Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill; ceramicist Nicola Kelly; textile artists Caroline Schofield and Niki Collier; and jewellers Eimear Conyard and Annemarie Reinhold.

The exhibition is presented in partnership with the Office of Public Works (OPW). Admission to the National Design & Craft Gallery is free. Access to the exhibition in Kilkenny Castle is free on request at reception.Where: National Design & Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny and Kilkenny Castle
When: now until 23 June 2019

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