External Exhibitions Fund (EEF) 2019: Announcement of Successful Projects

Posted 14.12.18

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland continues to support high-quality exhibition-making and exhibition opportunities for Irish makers and designers through the annual External Exhibitions Fund (EEF). The purpose of this fund is to:

• Stimulate and reward the development of professional gallery-led exhibition skills in makers and curators of craft

• Develop significant exhibition opportunities for Irish makers

• Facilitate relationships with international galleries and collectors

• Increase awareness through education and outreach activities associated with high-quality craft exhibitions

• Enhance the reputation of Irish craft in Ireland and abroad

There was an unprecedented volume of applications to the EEF 2019, the standard of which was particularly high, resulting in an extremely competitive process. A selection panel including international external judge Liz Cooper and national external judge Fiona Mulholland, with an internal DCCoI assessor, reviewed the applications and allocated a total of €10,700 funding toward ten projects.

Projects receiving EEF funding in 2019 are:

- Sara Flynn for a solo exhibition at Sokyo Gallery in Kyoto, Japan

- Steven O’Briain for his participation in a WCC Exhibition at Révélations, Paris

- Pierce Healy for his participation in a WCC Exhibition at Révélations, Paris     

- Kevin Callaghan, for his participation in a collaborative exhibition with A2 Architects at The European Culture Centre with Venice Design, during the Venice Biennale

- Helen McAlister & Selina Coyle, for (E)Quality exhibition with eight women makers

- Cathy Burke, Mike Byrne and Cecilia Moore for their three person exhibition at Valke Gallery in Ghent, Belgium

- Alison Lowery for her solo exhibition at National Musuem of Ireland, Dublin

- Elemental Fusion: with Vivienne Bogan, Kathryna Cuschieri, Nicola Henley and Jane Seymour at Glór in Ennis, Co Clare and touring

- Slip.Flock.Flux group exhibition with Kate O'Kelly, Cathy Burke, Jaki Coffey and Cecilia Moore in Dublin

- Cork Craft & Design for their August Craft Showcase exhibition, Cork


External judges:

Liz Cooper is an exhibitions curator and project manager who focuses on contemporary craft and design, especially in art textiles. She is currently developing an exhibition launching July 2018 with the 62 Group of Textile Artists, for MAC Birmingham. Recent projects include work for West Dean Tapestry Studio, Crafts Study Centre and the artists Cos Ahmet and Justine Randall, as well as the touring exhibition "What Do I Need to Do to Make It OK?". Liz is also development and projects manager for Design-Nation.

Fiona Mulholland has over 20 years' experience in the creative sector. As a curator and an interdisciplinary artist, she often works across a variety of media in her practice and has realised several exhibitions as well as large scale sculptural works. Fiona has been the recipient of several funding and residency awards including from the Arts Council of Ireland. In 2011, she was awarded a residency at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre in the North West of Ireland, where she continues to be based. Fiona began designing the Mulholland Jewellery collections in 2014 and has since been successful in several highly competitive processes. Recent awards include: ‘Irish Accessory Designer of the Year’ at the Irish Fashion Industry Awards, a Future Makers ‘Spotlight Award’ and the ‘Established Jewellery Category Winner’ at the RDS Crafts Awards and in 2017, a Golden Fleece Award.

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