National Craft Gallery presents Liminal – Irish design at the threshold

Posted 16.03.16

National Craft Gallery presents  Liminal  – Irish design at the threshold

Flagship exhibition for ID2015 comes home to Kilkenny following tours to Milan, New York, Eindhoven and Dublin during 2015

Liminal – Irish design at the threshold, which achieved widespread international acclaim during 2015, will be shown at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny from 8th April to 3rd July 2016. The flagship touring exhibition for Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) was previously presented at design weeks in Milan, New York and Eindhoven where it wowed audiences and was featured in high profile design publications such as Design Milk, Dezeen, Wallpaper, Dwell and Elle Decoration.

Liminal features more than 30 Irish designers, architects, companies and studios involved in collaborations across disciplines, and was the touring flagship exhibition for ID2015, the year-long initiative backed by the government promoting and celebrating Irish design in Ireland and internationally throughout 2015. The exhibition explores the craft of collaboration across design disciplines and presents the exploratory journeys undertaken by designers. Moving through a series of venues around the world and continually evolving during its 2015 run, the exhibition demonstrates the breadth of Irish design excellence and considers the possibilities for the future.

Following its inaugural run at Milan Design Week in April where it was billed by Design Milk as one of two highlights of Zona Tortona, Liminal was lauded by international audiences in New York in May where it was featured by international design publications Curbed, Dwell and Azure in their highlights of NYCxDesign, the city’s official celebration of design. It was subsequently presented at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven in October, where Elle Decoration listed Liminal as one of “5 events that you should not miss at DDW” and was most recently shown at the Design Hub in Dubin Castle from 20th November until 30th December 2015 as the concluding exhibition in the ID2015 programme.

Highlights of Liminal include ‘Arckit’, a ground-breaking, scaled, freeform modelling system allowing architects to physically explore designs and bring their projects to life with speed and precision; cutting edge technology by Novaerus, developers of airborne pathogen control technology, who are working with innovative Irish design consultancy Dolmen on the development of their product range; and new work created through a collaboration between constructed textile designer Claire Anne O’Brien and Ceadogán Rugs, drawing on Ireland’s material heritage.

The innovative work being showcased in also includes Design Partners’ ‘Causeway’, a bespoke interactive creation with each corner of ‘Causeway’ controlling a beautiful animation that travels along a faceted topographical surface to represent a design island connecting to the rest of the world and Zero-G’s ‘Map of the State’ which charts the evolution of Ireland’s legislative, judicial, executive and local governmental structures over the past 100 years, creating a nuanced and layered infographic to convey complex data in a single view. The Design Island app from IBM, the Official Technology Partner for ID2015, which helps users navigate and discover a myriad of design experiences across Ireland is also featured. Designed and developed by IBM Studios Dublin working in conjunction with ID2015 and Dublin design studios Atelier David Smith and Conor & David, the app is one of a number of legacy projects from ID2015 which will be built upon in future years.

Speaking about the exhibition, Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of DCCoI said: “The experience and industry knowledge gained from presenting Liminal at design weeks around the world last year will have lasting benefits for the sector as a whole. The featured designers have the ambition and capability to expand into inte rnational markets and showcasing Irish creativity abroad through this flagship exhibition has succeeded in generating real commercial opportunities. We are delighted to bring Liminal to Kilkenny for Irish and international audiences to enjoy as a legacy of Irish Design 2015. The featured work reflects the level of innovation and new product development happening in the design sector in Ireland,especially when companies operating in different disciplines come together to collaborate. We remain focused on maximising the potential for developing commercial opportunities and establishing strategic partnerships to ensure the on going development of this vibrant sector.”

Liminal – Irish design at the threshold is on show at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny from April 8th to July 3rd 2016. Admission is free. Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10am - 5.30pm | Sundays and Bank Holidays: 11am - 5.30pm | Closed Mondays

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Liminal Curators:
Louise Allen – Head of International Programmes, Irish Design 2015
Alex Milton – Programme Director, Irish Design 2015
Angela O’Kelly - Head of Design for Body and Environment, National College of Art & Design (NCAD), Dublin

For further information on Liminal and details of all featured designers and makers, see:


CURATORS TALK - Fri 8 April, 6pm
Liminal co-curators Louise Allen, Angela O'Kelly and Alex Milton give a special introduction to Liminal, discussing the work and collaborations in the exhibition.

FAMILY DAY: KNIT CREATURES* - Sat 16 April, 10.30am, 12noon, 2.30pm
Re-imagine knitted socks or pre-loved jumpers into new knit creatures, inspired by Claire Anne O'Brien's impressive knit constructions.

Director of ZeroG, designer and brand strategy consultant, Ciarán ÓGaora leads a Masterclass for creative SME's on the value and path to defining clear vision and identity in order to grow your business.

Discussing his Mapping The State project, Ciarán ÓGaora designer and brand strategy consultant explores how design can be utilised to clarify organisational structures, instigate dialogue and can be a catalyst for beneficial change.

BEALTAINE - CRAFTERNOON TEA* - Fri 6 & Fri 20 May, 12noon
Joint the National Craft Gallery team for an informal tour of our exhibition Liminal and 'Crafternoon Tea' to mark Bealtaine, the festival of creativity as we age.

National Drawing Day 2016 celebrates drawing and creativity – visit the National Craft Gallery for a day of workshops and drawing installations for all ages with a craft and design edge.

LATE DATE - EVOLVING DESIGN: From KDW To The Future with Linda King, PJ White and John Cleere - Wed 25 May, 6.30pm
Kilkenny Design Workshops marked a change in what design m eant in Ireland, 50+ years on and following celebration of design and innovation through Irish Design 2015 last year we reflect on the evolution this far and how we might en visage design in Ireland in the future.

FAMILY DAY: CHARACTER DESIGN* - Sat 18 June, 10.30am, 12noon, 2.30pm
Learn what shapes make a cartoon look happy or sad, quiet or energetic, then design your own character inspired by Cartoon Saloon's Song of the Sea with animator Rory Conway.

SCHOOLS PROGRAMME* 12 April – 30 June
Our educators introduce students to design through an engaging exhibition talking-tour and invite you to book a class workshop:
Primary: Line Shape Pattern
Secondary: ARCKIT Modular Homes
Leaving Cert: Art, Craft & Design Gallery Question
Third Level: ARCKIT Modular Builds

Drop-in with the family to discover design through Liminal:
Liminal Explorer: Become a design detective, seeking out visual designs
ARCKIT Play: Test your architectural design ideas with ARCKIT

Groups are invited to book a tour at the National Craft Gallery. Our gallery staff will introduce you to the current exhibition Liminal, exploring some of their favourite works.
*Booking required: | 056 7796151

About the National Craft Gallery:
Established by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland in 2000, the National Craft Gallery is Ireland’s leading centre for contemporary craft and design. It exhibits Irish and international designers, artists and makers who push boundaries in their engagement with the making process. Its mission is to inspire appreciation, creativity and innovation and it plays a critical role in building understanding of craft and material culture in Ireland.

About the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland:
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), which is headquartered in Kilkenny, is the main champion of the craft and design industry in Ireland, fostering its growth and commercial strength, communicating its unique identity and stimulating quality design, innovation and competitiveness. DCCoI’s activities are funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCoI currently has 64 member organisations and over 3,200 registered clients.

About Irish Design 2015:
Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) was a year-long initiative backed by the Irish government exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design throughout Ireland and internationally in order to drive job creation, grow exports and increase competitiven ess. The programme for the year included presenting the work of Irish designers at high profile events in design capitals including London, Paris, Eindhoven, Milan, New York, Chicago and Hong Kong/Shenzhen. ID2015 has been convened by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), in collaboration with partner organisations, on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Enterprise Ireland. ID2015 partners include Founding Partners – MCO Projects; Accommodation Partners – The Doyle Collection; Venue Partners – OPW; Exhibition Partners – DAA; Technology Partners – IBM; Transport Partners – Bus Éireann Expressway and Construction Partners – Sisk.

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