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National Craft Gallery


National Craft Gallery
Castle Yard,

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National Craft Gallery Kilkenny

Education is at the heart of the National Craft Gallery. Through each exhibition we run tours, talks, workshops and inspiring schools programmes to engage students, families, designer makers and visitors. To book a group visit contact / 056 7796151. See for details of upcoming programmes. Or to e mail the gallery directly with any other queries please e or call us on Tel: +353 56 7796147

Free Admission

Opening Times
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5.30pm
Sundays: 11am - 5.30pm
Closed Mondays (Except Bank Holidays)

National Craft Gallery Kilkenny

Upcoming Exhibition

Global Irish Design Challenge

10th February to 1st May 2017

The idea for the Global Irish Design Challenge grew from a desire to seek out designers and innovators who are driven to find solutions to the challenges humanity faces. Centred on core themes of sustainability, wellbeing, sense of place and innovation, designers of Irish lineage or with a strong affiliation to Ireland were invited to submit projects that addressed societal issues or provided an ingenious solution to a problem. The challenge received over 140 entries from 14 countries and following a selection process by an international panel of judges, over 50 projects were chosen for exhibition. The nature of entries range from ground-breaking work by multi-national companies to projects by designers that could have signifcant impact if further developed. Transformative projects such as Arup Ireland’s Bangladesh project which, following the disaster in the textile factory in Rana Plaza, established a system to ensure safety in the workplace, has been adopted by 5,000 factories in India and by the United Nations. The InstaTemp MD is a new type of thermometer. It uses sensor technology to measure core-body rather than external body temperature. Developed by Design Partners for Arc Devices it was used as a diagnostic aid that helped to stem the spread of Ebola in Liberia. Steri-pak, designed by Moses Rowen, is a low cost solution that aims to repurpose gas cylinders into autoclaves for general-use sterilisation to give people access to low cost, effective sterilisation where it was previously unavailable.

Not every project addressed such large-scale humanitarian issues; the Micklem Bridle designed by William Micklem, is a more humane bridle and noseband for horses. It removes the discomfort caused and is currently the top selling bridle in the world. Sense, developed by Eilis Delany, introduces tactile feedback into fire fighting performances. The device can be retrofitted into fire fighting helmets. It enables the user to navigate around dark spaces in a similar manner to bats with improved perception of their environment.

The exhibition contains many more examples of projects and concepts that have the potential to revolutionise the way we live. It creates a platform for game-changing Irish design innovation, while activating and connecting a broad global network of Irish design talent. The Global Irish Design Challenge provides a unique insight into the impact that design and innovation has on shaping and improving the way that we live and interact.

Curated by Louise Allen

Upcoming Events in 2017

  • Crafternoon Tour - Tours every Saturday at 3pm - Booking Required
  • Friday 10th February - Curators Tour - 6pm

  • Louise Allen introduces the Global Irish Design Challenge exhibition, highlighting selected projects. Followed by the exhibition launch with Eamonn Mc Kee, Director General, Trade Division, Department of Foreign Affairs


  • Tuesday 14th February to Friday 28th March - School Visits: Primary to Third Level

  • Our educators introduce your students to design and craft through an interactive exhibition tour. Tours can be tailored to suit your classes stage and interest. BOOK NOW


  • Saturday 18th February - Family Day Workshop: Origami Creatures with George Dempsey Flanagan - 10.30am + 12pm

  • Craft colourful origami creatures inspired by Flopsy Hop the Rabbit in Origami Wonderland. BOOK NOW


  • Thursday 23rd February - Meet the Maker: Narrative and Animation with Susan Broe of Wiggleywoo - 6.30pm

  • With a screening of their quirky adult shorts series Tea with the Dead


  • Saturday 11th March - Family Day Workshop: Looking & Telling with Ronan McDonnell - 10.30am + 12pm

  • Looking & Telling storyposters give children a starting point to create and tell imaginative stories. BOOK NOW


  • Thursday 23rd March - Meet the Maker: Sustainable Textile Production with Berni Raeside-Bell of Detta Textiles - 6.30pm

  • Discussing her Aran Ambitions project and research in ecological and ethical printed textiles


  • Saturday 8th April - Family Day Workshop: Spring Seedling Pots with Carrie Lynam - 10.30am + 12pm

  • Inspired by Grow-a-Rascal project encouraging children to grow and eat fresh fruit and veg. BOOK NOW


  • Thursday 27th April - Meet the Maker: Future Materials & Glaze Experimentation with Lucie Libotte - 6.30pm

  • Dust Matter(s) glaze project examines discarded matter exploring the value in making and material innovation.



Future Exhibitions

  • 12th May to 5th July 2017 - Portfolio
  • 14th July to 7th August 2017 - Jewellery and Goldsmithing: Skills & Design
  • 12th August to 5th November 2017 - Hi Fashion
  • 17th November 2017 to 21st January 2018 - Touchstone