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National Craft Gallery


National Craft Gallery
Castle Yard,

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National Craft Gallery Kilkenny

Education is at the heart of the National Craft Gallery. Through each exhibition we run tours, talks, workshops and inspiring schools programmes to engage students, families, designer makers and visitors. To book a group visit contact / 056 7796151. See for details of upcoming programmes. Or to e mail the gallery directly with any other queries please e or call us on Tel: +353 56 7796147

Free Admission

Opening Times
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5.30pm
Sundays: 11am - 5.30pm
Closed Mondays (Except Bank Holidays)

National Craft Gallery Kilkenny

Upcoming Exhibition

Narratives in Making

12th May to 5th July 2017

An exhibition of new and innovative works from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2017-18. The 28 designer makers represented were selected by an international panel, for demonstrating excellence in craftsmanship, design quality and technical skill.

Narratives in Making, curated by Gregory Parsons, considers the provenance of the objects, who made it, where it was made, how it was made and what it is made of. All this is inextricably linked. It informs our relationship with the object. There are fascinating stories here, from the love of material, rituals of making, the design process, the physical rhythm and time involved.

The curator reflects on the contribution contemporary craft makes to our well-being, through the life enhancing intelligence of the makers hand, the delight in what it produces and the joy of owning it. As you become absorbed in their world, you also become a part of these narratives in making.

The designer makers include... (links to ther official websites on the National Craft Gallery website)

  • Roger Bennett
  • Úna Burke
  • Anne Butler
  • Edmond Byrne
  • Mike Byrne
  • Stuart Cairns
  • Julie Connellan
  • Jack Doherty
  • Liam Flynn
  • Sara Flynn
  • Karl Harron
  • Pierce Healy
  • Jennifer Hickey
  • Joe Hogan
  • John Lee
  • Alison Lowry
  • Michael McCrory
  • Cecilia Moore
  • Cara Murphy
  • Stephen O'Briain
  • Susan O'Byrne
  • Eily O'Connell
  • Coílín Ó Dubhghaill
  • Angela O'Kelly
  • Sasha Sykes
  • Joseph Walsh
  • Grainne Watts
  • Zelouf + Bell

Upcoming Events in 2017

  • Crafternoon Tour - Tours every Saturday at 3pm - Booking Required
  • Friday 12th May - Curator’s Tour - 6pm

  • With Gregory Parsons followed by the the official exhibition launch.


  • Tuesday 16th May - Bealtaine Crafternoon Tea - 11am & 12.30pm

  • Informal tour and cultural tea, celebrating creativity as we age.

  • Booking required: call 056 779 6151 or email


  • 17th May to 30th June - School Gallery Visits

  • Interactive exhibition tour, from primary to third level.

  • Booking required: call 056 779 6151 or email


  • Saturday 20th May - National Drawing Day - 11am to 3pm

  • Craft and drawing drop-in workshops for all ages.


  • Thursday 25th May - Meet the Maker - 6.30pm

  • Deep Drawing Technique talk and demonstration with Michael McCrory.


  • Saturday 17th June - Family Design Day - 10.30am & 12noon

  • Animal Picnic, with Saidhbhin Gibson, inspired by Susan O’Bynre’s work

  • Booking required: call 056 779 6151 or email


  • Thursday 22nd June - Meet the Maker - 6.30pm

  • Approaches to Furniture with Sasha Sykes and Stephen O’Briain


Future Exhibitions

  • 17th November 2017 to 21st January 2018 - Touchstone