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Surface Matters PORTFOLIO Critical Selection 2019-2020


Surface Matters, an exhibition of new and innovative works from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2019-20, will open at the Coach House, Dublin Castle on Thursday, 21st February 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. The accompanying biennial publication, showcasing the stunning objects created by these craftspeople selected, will be launched at the exhibition opening and the winner of the RDS Irish Crafts Bursary (worth €10,000) will also be announced. 

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.

Image: Cara Murphy, Bubble ring, silver, vitreous enamel and walnut. Images credit: David Pauley. Walnut base: Mark Hanvey

Exhibition dates: Thursday 21 February – Sunday 19 May


Where: Coach House Gallery,
Dublin Castle