The Crafts Council of Ireland and the National Craft Gallery have issued a call for papers on the legacy of the Kilkenny Design Workshops (KDW) and its influence on Irish craft practice and design culture.
This conference seeks to bring together scholars with students, crafts practitioners, designers, artists, academics, and researchers. We would welcome researchers in Material Culture, Visual Culture, History of Design, Anthropology, Curatorial Studies, Social History, Museum and Collections Studies. We welcome local historical research and independent social historical related research. Subjects can include critical biographies of individuals, craft-makers own personal stories, personal reflections or case studies of contemporary practice in context of the KDW.
They are seeking abstracts for short conference presentations (25 minutes maximum). Topics may involve, but are not limited to:
• Kilkenny Design Workshop as an agent of change within Irish cultural landscape
• Kilkenny Design Workshops and its credibility in Ireland since 1960s
• Kilkenny Design Workshops; pioneers of design promotion
• The role of retail and the consumer within Kilkenny Design Workshops plan
• The unmeasured influence of the Kilkenny Design Workshops at Castle Yard; the unsung heroes, the design thinking, community and practices
• Memories as historical reflections in building craft legacies: facts or fictions
• The politics of craft and design; Ireland as the first country to establish a state design service
• Kilkenny Design Workshops; success or failure?
If you are interested in presenting your research, please Click here to email Muireann Charleton, Education & Innovation Manager, CCoI with a working title and a 500-word abstract outlining your topic.
Closing date: Extended until 16 September 2013, conference date in Autumn to be confirmed.