This application form can be used for both Design & Crafts Council of Ireland: PORTFOLIO Critical Selection and Design & Crafts Council of Ireland: PORTFOLIO wider programme


+ If you are currently featured in PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2017 – 2018 you will not automatically transition to the next edition so must submit an application.

+ If you are currently featured on, you will automatically remain within the wider programme. However, if you wish to apply for the Critical Selection publication, you must submit an application.

+ If you are currently not featured in either, you are welcome to apply to both using the one application. Your application will automatically be put forward for both programmes.

+ If you are selected for Critical Selection 2019 – 2020, your work will be required for the launch exhibition in Dublin Castle in February 2019. This work, or other pieces, may also be required for the touring programme for this show throughout 2019/2020. Selected work will be finalised in consultation with the appointed curator.

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Step 1

Read the information here.

Step 2 

Fill out the form below. This is open to registered clients of Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. See current registration criteria and information here

Step 3

Include three high quality images or work which best represent your current practice.
*Make sure they are clearly labeled before you upload them. Always choose clear, concise images that are on a clean, plain background.
Click here for more information on how to produce good images for assessment.

Step 4

Include information on the two pieces of actual work which should be presented to the selection panel in November 2018. These can be two of the works from Step 3 or two different works. You can deliver your work anytime between 10am and 5pm on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th November 2018. Work must be collected on Thursday 22nd or Friday 23d November 2018 between 10am and 5pm. Please ensure that your work is clearly labelled and packed securely and appropriately. The venue for delivery and pickup of work is The Cordell Suite, Gowran Park, Gowran, Co. Kilkenny.

Please note: If you are unable to send physical work you may still submit an application with images only. However, our experience with judges is that physically seeing work is preferable for making a decision.

Step 5

“Submit” your application. Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 9th November 2018 at 5pm. Submissions received after this time will not be accepted.


Deadline for receipt of applications:: Friday 9th November 2018 at 5pm

Delivery of work for selection to:: The Cordell Suite, Gowran Park, Gowran, Co. Kilkenny on Thursday 15th or Friday 16th November 2018 between 10am and 5pm on either day.

Collection of works:: Thursday 22nd or Friday 23rd November 2018:: 10am – 5pm.

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Application Form

All fields must be filled in.
Images must be .jpgs. Maximum size 500KB.

1. Your Contact Details
2. Submission of Three Digital Images

Submit three images which best represent your current practice.

Image 1
Image 2
Image 3
3. Submission of Two Pieces of Work to the Selection Panel

These can be two of the works from above or two different ones.

Submission 1
Submission 2

If selected for Critical Selection 2019-2020, these two pieces will be photographed for inclusion in the publication. If you already have professional photographs of your work and would prefer for them to be used in the publication, please select the appropriate action:


You may also include any supplementary material you feel is relevant to your application.

5. Statement on your Work

It may take a few minutes for your application to be submitted. Please leave this page open until the form has successfully submitted.