Design & Crafts Council Ireland is inviting Guilds, Associations, Networks and Societies (GANS) and craft studios to participate in European Artistic Crafts Days (EACD) 2021.

6th - 11th April 2021

European Artistic Crafts Days (EACD) were created in 2002 upon the request of the French government to derive value from the nation’s enormous intangible assets as a way to highlight its living heritage.They are organised by the National Institute of Arts and Crafts (INMA) in France. Due to the success of these days in France, they now take place across Europe on the first weekend in April with 20 European countries taking part in 2019, they have become a major international event dedicated to and celebrating crafts. In 2019, events took place in Paris, Lisbon, Berlin, Amsterdam, Florence and Geneva and across Ireland. These cultural economic and tourism days brought together over 9,600 special events highlighting crafts in Europe.

Further information on the European Artistic Craft Days is available HERE. Watch a video HERE on how to highlight our European cultural heritage.

Window Exhibitions

Curious Treasures at the National Design & Craft Gallery

Curious Treasures is a vibrant exhibition celebrating luscious, tactile and quirky work by some of our favourite makers. These pieces each combine careful selection of materials and meticulous skill with creative design, to make objects that communicate passion, perseverance and personality. With an emphasis on curiosity and wonder, the exhibition draws us into an Aladdin’s cave of exquisite and surprising pieces, to inspire awe and inspiration.


Borris Lace  - Window Display: 1st - 19th April
Narrative Tools - Online Exhibition: 6th - 30th April
Design a Collar, Cuff or Ruffs – Online Exhibition: 6th - 30th April
Keep Well videos - Online Craft Activities

Coffee Morning Talks

Grab a cup of tea/coffee and join us, for our informal spring webinar talks series. Duration 40min each. Our panel of guest speakers will represent a variety of craft and design disciplines, and will leave you feeling inspired. 

How Tradition Informs Contemporary Making
6 April, 11.00am

This webinar will include speakers such as fashion designer Natalie B. Coleman, and Aisling Clancy Education Manager of DCCI. Natalie B. Coleman launched a collection of clothes entitled "Sisters" in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Traditional techniques such as lacemaking, weaving, knitting and hand-embroidery were used in the collection. An exquisitely embroidered bridal gown featuring Carrickmacross lacework on the sleeves. Natalie worked with a team of skilled craftspeople including Carrickmacross Lace makers Marion Egan and Theresa Kelly, embroidery expert and designer Jill de Burca, and knitted textiles designer Katie Hanlan. Free to attend. BOOK HERE

Tools of The Trade
8 April, 11am

Caroline Schofield will be joined by a panel of guest speakers who have submitted enteries to the Narrative Tools project. Audience members will gain a general overview of the Narrative Tools project and will be able to listen to a selection the wonderful stories and imagery gathered to date. Do you have an insteresting stroy to tell? If so bring along your precious tool or craft item on the day. Free to attend. BOOK HERE

Irish Textiles Mills
9 April, 11am

Join us for a discussion on a selection of Irish Woollen Mills. Speakers include Carmel Creaner & Ann Kiely who will discuss The Woven History of Douglas, Caroline Schofield who will highlight her familial history of Woollen Mills in Kilkenny (Arts & Craft Movement) and more. Free to attend. BOOK HERE

Live Online Workshop

Floral Arrangements For Easter & Spring
31 March, 7pm - 8.30pm

Award-winning floral artist Eva Holmes of Darver House Nursery will deliver a free live online floral arrangement workshop. Discover the art of using foraged plant materials and flowers to create an eye-catching floral arrangement suitable for display for Easter and Spring. In this practical workshop Eva will guide participants, as they explore and incorporate design elements of floral art to develop & refine their skills. BOOK HERE

GANS videos

As part of National Heritage Week 2020, DCCI teamed up with The Heritage Council to celebrate all things heritage and craft. DCCI commissioned four makers from our traditional guilds to share their knowledge of materials and process through engaging videos. These videos showcase makers in their studios, and give a glimpse into the skill and dedication needed for each of these traditional crafts.

Irish Artist Blacksmiths Association

The Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers

Headford Lace Project

The Irish Basketmakers Association

Get Involved

DCCI is inviting Guilds, Associations, Networks and Societies (GANS) Clients and craft studios to participate in European Artistic Crafts Days (EACD)2021.

If you are organising any events online or if have open studios* we would like to help spread the word on social media and within our ezine to makers. Links and hashtags, such as #EuropeForCulture will be included where relevant.  

If you are interested in getting involved in EACD 2021 please get in touch with [email protected]

Contact: Mary Whelan, Client Liaison, DCCI
Telephone: 086 823 0094
Email: [email protected]

*only if it is safe to do so, please follow government guidelines