Crafts Council of Ireland (CCoI) is marking 50 years since the initiation of the Kilkenny Design Workshops (KDW) by celebrating Kilkenny city as a vibrant creative and cultural destination for overseas visitors in 2013. We are calling international overseas visitors, interested in culture and creativity to actively experience Irish creativity in Kilkenny, and join in the events and celebrations that we have programmed in from April – November 2013.
Conference: KDW @ 21C Saturday 26th October 2013 | Parade Tower, Kilkenny
Registration 9.00am - 9.50am
Conference 10.00am – 5.20pm
The KDW@21C conference hosted by the Crafts Council of Ireland [CCoI] and the National Craft Gallery [NCG], seeks to investigate the continuing legacy and acknowledge the influence of the KDW workshops on Irish craft practice and design culture. Presentations will be given throughout the day by former KDW staff, designers and academic researchers discussing ideas around the origins of KDW as pioneers of design promotion and the significance of Ireland as the first country to establish a state design service. KDW@21C will explore key focuses of the workshops including good design for industry, growing an Irish aesthetic and developing international trade.
KDW@21C invites all those who designed, worked or studied at KDW as well as those with an interest in KDW to join us in acknowledging the contribution of KDW and investigating the legacy of the workshops.
There is no charge for the conference but spaces are limited so please reserve your place by email or by telephoning:
www.nationalcraftgallery.ie/news/article/kdw21c Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 056 779 6151
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In July, join us for IDEATE Festival, 5th & 6th July –
IDEATE two days of design, craft and technology-focused talks, workshops, music, screenings and exhibitions in the beautiful medieval city of Kilkenny. The packed programme offers information and access to design processes and digital technology through discussions and hands-on practice; and also includes a variety of free drop-in creative activities, design challenges, workshops, award- winning films on design and craft, street food, craft beer, live music with Sounds of System Breakdown and an exciting live-art Draw-Off between the multi- award winning, Oscar-nominated Cartoon Saloon versus Kilkenny-born craft-punk Mick Minogue. Explore Kilkenny’s creative side this summer!
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IDEATE is part of the Gathering Kilkenny 2013 events, and is also part-funded by the EU’s European Regional Development fund through the INTERREG IVC programme.
In April we'll be celebrating KDW's links to Nordic design via a seminar, gallery talks, music, food, and exhibitions at the National Craft Gallery (NCG). The Nordic Effect: Crafting Success investigates our fascination with Nordic design, exploring the principles and attributes that determine its continued success with Nordic and Irish designers, makers and strategists.
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