Kilkenny Design Workshops 50th anniversary

In 2013 the Crafts Council of Ireland are marking the 50th anniversary of the Kilkenny Design Workshops workshops through a 21st century lens, with a series of events throughout the year –


  1. 5th April: The Nordic Effect – seminar exploring the success of Nordic design and what we can learn from it, alongside 2 exhibitions of contemporary Nordic craft and design
  2. 5th – 6th July: IDEATE festival – a multi-disciplinary mini-festival event that explores and celebrates craft, design and creativity through experimentation and collaboration. Imagining the future potential for craft, design and the creative process through shared practice, new technologies and a fusion of music, making, experimentation, talks, random happenings and exploration. Accompanied by 2 exhibitions exploring the relationship between design, objects and inspiration.
  3. 2/3rd Nov: Legacy – seminar exploring the history and effects of KDW, alongside an exhibition of contemporary Irish craft and design which will be launched at the London Design Festival.