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The Maker’s Hand: 50 years of the RDS Craft Awards


The Maker’s Hand: 50 years of the RDS Craft Awards

For fifty years the RDS Craft Awards have sought to promote the handmade by encouraging and rewarding Irish makers. This exhibition explores that history and in so doing, it celebrates Ireland’s rich history of making. Presenting over forty works from award winning makers and spanning five decades of craft production, this exhibition considers the impact of winning on the lives and careers of makers through the years. From wrought iron to Carrickmacross lace, and from leatherwork to musical instrument making, this exhibition presents the range of different materials and types of craft which were rewarded, encouraged and showcased annually by this hugely significant competition.

Featured makers from the North:

Céline Traynor - Winner of Established Maker in Jewellery and Silversmithing in 2015.

Catherine Keenan - Winner of 1st prize in glass in 2012

John Piekaar - Winner of the overall prize (the California Gold Medal) in 2003.

Carol Mackey - Winner of the California Gold Medal in 1983

Work by the following makers will be included in the exhibition:

Alan Ardiff | Roger Bennett |Edward Bisgood and Colm Bagnall (Bushypark Ironworks) | Helena Brennan | Denis Brown | Úna Burke | Des Byrne | Brian Clarke | Gareth Colgan | Eimear Conyard | Mary Cuthbert | Peter Donovan | Martin Doyle | Terry Dunne | Kathie Earle | Ríona Finn | Kathleen Flanagan | Liam Flynn | Ciarán Forbes | Seamus Gill | Nial Harper | Ciara Harrison | Joe Hogan | Kenyon Homfray | Catherine Keenan | Mary Landy | Kathleen and Keith Leadbetter | Carol Mackey | Bernadette Madden | Jane Murtagh | Inez Nordell | Nuala O’Donovan | Kevin O’Dwyer | Kakuko Okamura | Ina Olohan | Mary Palmer | John Piekaar | Thomas Raven | Rita Scannell | Killian Schurmann | Mary Shields | Céline Traynor | Hugo Vegter | Gráinne Watts.

Dates & Times: 21 June - 17 August 2018, Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm.

Please note a charge applies to non-RDS Members during the Dublin Horse Show (August 8-12).



Where: RDS Library & Archives
Merrion Road
Dublin 4