Surface Matters, an exhibition of new and innovative works from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2019-20, will be launched at Artesania Catalunya – CCAM, Barcelona at 7.30pm on 30 May. A National Design & Craft Gallery touring exhibition, this opening follows its inaugural run at the Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle from February to May 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.
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. www.portfolio.dccoi.ie
Surface Matters launched at the Coach House Gallery in Dublin Castle on 21 February 2019. Following its tour to Artesania Catalunya – CCAM from May to July 2019, it will show at the National Design & Craft Gallery in Kilkenny from November 2019 to February 2020.Where: Artesania Catalunya – CCAM, Barcelona (a National Design & Craft Gallery touring exhibition)
When: 31 May – 21 July 2019