Waterford Designers & Makers Exhibition Spring 2022

Showcasing the excellence of all craft disciplines designed and made in Waterford

 

“Meaning in the gesture”  Letter from Ireland – Seán Dunne

This beautiful phrase from Waterford poet, Seán Dunne, captures the essence of what makes the crafted object so unique. The functional or ‘everyday’ nature of pieces often belies the skill, artistry, confidence, tradition and innovation necessary to produce the work. Gerald Dawe said of Sean Dunne in an Irish Times article about his work, after his death; “His poems are liked cut glass: crafted, ceremonial and full of prismatic light

Waterford City and County Council will host a curated exhibition in late Spring 2022 showcasing the creative excellence in the work of Waterford designers and makers. The exhibition aims to stimulate makers to push the boundaries of their practice. The work will be a supported exchange between the curator and makers and the resulting exhibition will show a commitment to excellence and innovation in every piece.

The exhibition aims to challenge makers to produce work of artistry and craftsmanship, to think about ‘place’ and how Waterford threads through your creativity. The exhibition will reflect the skills of designers and makers, honed over years, and will give selected makers the opportunity to explore new ways of producing and presenting work for this exhibition.

Exhibition is open to designers and makers of all craft disciplines in County Waterford.

If you are interested in being considered for inclusion, please complete the Designers & Makers Expression of Interest form with details of your work, including images.

The Curator, Vincent O’Shea, will be in contact in due course.
Expression of Interest closing date – 1st February 2022

 

The Curator

Vincent O’Shea will work closely with selected makers, during the lead in to the exhibition and is available to listen to and advise those who would like to participate in the exhibition.

Vincent O Shea is a highly experienced Project Manager and Curator. He was the founding Programme Manager of the National Craft Gallery and developed a national and international exhibitions programme during his nine-year tenure there. He has worked with, mentored and provided training for makers throughout Ireland. While working with the Crafts Council of Ireland he established the National Craft Collection in partnership with the National Museum of Ireland.

 

Enquiries; please email creativewaterford@waterfordcouncil.ie

Support and funding for this exhibition has been provided by Creative Ireland (Waterford), Waterford City and County Council & Waterford Local Enterprise Office.

Enamelled Copper Bowl by Gwen Dunne