OPW is delighted to collaborate with Design and Crafts Council of Ireland in presenting an amazing exhibition across these two major Kilkenny venues – KILKENNY CASTLE and NATIONAL DESIGN & CRAFT GALLERY – Monumentality – Fragility: EUROPEAN PRIZE FOR APPLIED ARTS exhibition, which will launch on Saturday 9 February and continue until Sunday 23 June 2019.
Artists were invited to draw inspiration from the paradoxical nature of the dual theme, Monumentality / Fragility, proposed by BeCarft (formerly: the World Crafts Council – Belgique Francophone, WCC-BF) for the 2018 edition of the European Prize for Applied Arts. Six hundred makers from across the Europe applied to the open call from which 77 makers from 19 European countries were selected by an expert jury.
The seven Irish participants will be jewelers Eimear Conyard and Annmarie Reinhold; basket maker Joe Hogan; silversmith Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill; ceramicist Nicola Kelly; and textile artists Caroline Schofield and Niki Collier.
The European Prize for Applied Arts aims to reward the best creations of contemporary expression in applied arts and craftsmanship. The exhibitors and the winners of the WCC-BF Master Prize and the WCC-Europe Young Talent Prize are chosen by international experts on the basis of criteria of artistic merit, technical mastery and innovation. Taking place every three years, the European Prize for Applied Arts exhibition was launched in the Grand Hall, Mons Anciens Abattoirs in Belgium on 20th October 2018. An initiative of the WCC-BF in partnership with: Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles; the City of Mons; WCC-Europe and WCC-International