GANS/ DCCoI info

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Mary Whelan

Client Liaison Officer

Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI)



CRAFTlink is the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s monthly email newsletter sent to registered clients and GANS containing regular updates on DCCoI news, opportunities, exhibitions and events.


Information, inspiration and opportunities for DCCoI Clients | September 2019

Welcome to the September issue of CRAFTlink.


During a research visit to Ireland in 2018 Johan Valcke invited three Irish makers from our PORTFOLIO programme – Mike Byrne, Cecilia Moore and Cathy Burke – to exhibit their work in the Valcke Art Gallery in Ghent, Belgium.  The work is currently on display until 18th October with the support of Culture Ireland and the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland.


We are delighted to present Crowded Thresholds, which opened as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival 2019 and continues at the National Design & Craft Gallery until 10th November. The exhibition is presented with a sense of playfulness and explores ‘emotional geography’, featuring work by established and emerging practitioners, all of whom are based in or are linked to Ireland.


We are proud to say that four of this year’s graduates from our Centre of Excellence in Jewellery & Goldsmithing have work on display in the windows of the Kilkenny Shop on Nassau Street and on sale in store as part of Kilkenny’s From Bench to Business programme. Launched four years ago with DCCoI to help nurture and develop emerging design talent, the initiative coincides with Scéal, the Kilkenny Group’s celebration of the stories and skills behind the makers featured in their stores, and will continue throughout September.


For the very latest opportunities open for applications, including the RDS Irish Craft Bursary, the International Fair Fund, the DCCoI External Exhibitions Fund 2020 and the LOEWE Craft Prize 2020, be sure to regularly check our online listing.


Warm regards,


Karen Hennessy

Chief Executive



Image: Work by Max Brosi in Crowded Thresholds 

Kilkenny Group’s Scéal 2019 features Irish fashion & jewellery in collaboration with DCCoI


Scéal, The Story of Irish Design, celebrates the stories and the skills behind the makers at the heart of the Kilkenny Group. Since the beginning of September, Kilkenny has been hosting an exclusive Irish fashion pop-up which features a host of talented Irish designers in collaboration with Design Ireland presented by DCCoI.


This year, Kilkenny has selected four recent graduates of DCCoI’s Jewellery and Goldsmithing Course to create a signature piece and develop a commercial collection around this. These collections are available in the Kilkenny Shop on Nassau Street exclusively for the month of September. One graduate will be awarded the Kilkenny Bench to Business bursary based on their success in this programme. You can vote for your favourite designer here.

DCCoI Opportunities

RDS Irish Craft Bursary

The RDS Irish Craft Bursary is open to makers who are members of the DCCoI PORTFOLIO Programme; both those featured in the Critical Selection publication and those featured in the wider programme. Application deadline: 15th October.


International Fair Fund 2019/2020

The International Fair Fund is designed to support clients who are export ready to access international markets by offering financial support to exhibit at international trade fairs. Application deadline: mid-October.


External Exhibitions Fund 2020

We are inviting applications for the External Exhibitions Fund 2020, which was established to assist DCCoI members in the development of high-quality, independent exhibitions as individuals, organisations or groups including DCCoI Guilds, Associations, Networks & Societies (GANS). Application deadline: 18th October.


Avoca seek producers of Irish made products and collaboration

Avoca Ireland are working with DCCoI on an initiative and are seeking to purchase craft and design that has been produced in Ireland. Additionally they are seeking producers to collaborate with on Irish made collections under the Avoca brand name. Application deadline: 30th September.


Industry Opportunities


LOEWE Craft Prize 2020

The LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize, an international award celebrating excellence in craftsmanship, seeks to recognise uniquely talented artisans whose artistic vision will set new standards for the future of craft. Application deadline: 3rd October.


Artists in Residence Opportunity: Marble Arch Caves & Global Geopark

Fermanagh & Omagh District Council are commissioning public art through an Artist in Residence programme for a visual/craft artist. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday, 3rd October 2019. Application deadline: 3rd October.


Designers in Residence in Pforzheim, Germany

Designers in Residence is directed towards young designers in the areas of jewellery, fashion, accessory and industrial design. The scholarship invites three designers for a three-month working phase at the EMMA Creative Center. Application deadline: 15th November.


View full opportunities listing >>

Exhibitions & Events

Current Exhibitions

Image: artwork by Niall Sweeney @ Pony  Ltd. for Crowded Thresholds at the National Design & Craft Gallery


Crowded Thresholds. National Design & Craft Gallery: until 10th November

Crowded Thresholds presents thought-provoking pieces by established and emerging practitioners working across different disciplines in applied art, design and visual art. Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Freud’s essay, The Uncanny, the exhibition explores ‘emotional geography’, generating a fascinating visual interplay between authentic storytelling and artistic expression.


See all events and exhibitions

Industry Notices
Selected Listings

Experimental Workshop Contemporary Jewellery

National Print Museum 2019 Winter Print Fair | Call for Participants

Sasha Wardell Masterclass | Demonstration and Talk

Shape the Future | 3D Printing for a Sustainable Future


For the very latest opportunities open for applications, including the RDS Irish Craft Bursary, the International Fair Fund, the DCCoI External Exhibitions Fund 2020 and the LOEWE Craft Prize 2020, be sure to regularly check our online listing.

Design & Craft Council of Ireland information

Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

Breda Fay/ Michelle Kearns
GANS & CIFD collaboration


Notice of future meetings of GANS will be published on FELTMAKERS IRELAND site. As your rep I will attend the meetings and furnish a short account for the site. I will also post notice of upcoming meeting. I would advise that all members keep an eye on DCCoI site as well as Feltmakers Ireland so that they are aware of current happenings. Signing up to the Craft Council ezine would also be worthwhile.

  • GANS Representative: Breda Fay