Ciarán McGill, Marquetry / Furniture / Designer-maker
New to Portfolio progamme in 2017. Selected for the 2019–2020 edition of Critical Selection.

"I really enjoyed being part of the Portfolio programme as I am in the early stages of my career. It was great to be part of a  programme with other more experienced makers from different disciplines. It really helped me develop the more artistic side of my work.  The exhibitions acted as a great platform to showcase my work in prime locations, especially the “Surface Matters” exhibition at Dublin Castle which was the highlight for me.

I learned a lot and enjoyed making new connections with other makers. Sometimes it can be difficult to meet other makers, especially ones from other disciplines. The Portfolio programme helped bring everyone together."

Alan Meredith. Woodturner.
New to the programme in 2017. Was accepted for the 2019–2020 edition of Critical Selection.

"I personally found the Portfolio programme very beneficial, it led to my work being shown in the various portfolio exhibitions but also resulted in my work being shown and sold in The Scottish Gallery and with renewed energy in SO Fine Art Editions. The quality of photography gave me images that I could use for promotional purposes while the overall brand awareness while impossible to quantify raises my works profile nationally. I think there is also a lot to be said for meeting with the other makers from the Portfolio programme as in many cases they have been very generous and helpful with their advice, experiences and guidance. Selling work through the joint purchase fund was also a very positive experience."

Cecilia Moore. Metalsmith.

"I had been a registered member of DCCOI since the 1980s but, as my art making has meandered down many paths over the years, I did not apply for any DCCOI projects.

In 2012 I went back to college for a short stint that gave me the incentive, discipline and focus to push forward with my designs. I applied to Portfolio in 2016 and it was a huge achievement and thrill for me that my sculptural forms were selected for the show.

Portfolio has been a great springboard for me as an artist.  As a direct result of being included, my work has been selected for national and international shows with other Portfolio members in Belgium, Germany and England. The UK gallery, Cavaliero Finn, chose my work from Portfolio at their visit to the ‘Surface Matters’ exhibition in Dublin. They are currently exhibiting my pieces in two important London exhibitions: Crafting a Difference and Collect 2021. The Crafts Council UK, who present Collect, the major international platform for craft and design annually, chose my pieces to photograph as part of their promotion of the current show. "