About Irish Craft Heroes

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Touring Exhibitions

Touring Exhibitions

The Irish Craft Heroes exhibition will take place at the Botanic Gardens, Belfast from the 30th of July until the 7th of Nov 2022.

Irish Craft Heroes: 50 Makers X 50 Years

Irish Craft Heroes, a major exhibition celebrating 50 years of Irish craft, coincides with Design & Crafts Council Ireland's (DCCI) 50th Anniversary since its establishment in 1971. To mark this landmark occasion, the National Design & Craft Gallery is producing an outdoor, touring exhibition and publication charting the evolution of the craft and design sector in Ireland over the last 50 years, paying homage to the many makers whose work has contributed to the rich tapestry of craft and design practice in Ireland.

Exhibition Locations

2022 Touring Locations

GMIT Creative Media Campus,Galway -
5 March – 16 May 2022.

Fota Gouse & Gardens, Cork -
26 May – 26 July 2022.

Botanic Gardens, Belfast -
30 July – 7 Nov 2022.


2021 Locations

Kilkenny Castle Garden - 
23 July to 6 October 2021.

Dublin Castle -
14 October 2021 – 30 November 2021.

Meet DCCI's Irish Craft Heroes

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Nuala O’Donovan

Nuala O’Donovan

Nuala O’Donovan is a sculptor whose complex abstract forms reflect the internal structure of plants.

Alison Lowry

Alison Lowry

Alison Lowry is a multi-award winning glass artist whose sculptures address difficult issues like domestic violence and child abuse.

Bob Johnston

Bob Johnston

Using a technique evolved from traditional basket weaving, Bob Johnston weaves life-size animal sculptures from willow.