14 October 2021 – 30 November 2021 all-day
Dubh Linn Gardens

Irish Craft Heroes, a major exhibition celebrating 50 years of Irish craft, coincides with Design & Crafts Council Ireland’s (DCCI) 50th Anniversary since its establishment in 1971. To mark this landmark occasion, DCCI National Design & Craft Gallery has produced an outdoor, touring exhibition charting the evolution of the craft and design sector in Ireland over the last 50 years. It pays homage and tells the stories of 50 Craft Heroes – each iconic makers whose work has contributed to the rich tapestry of craft and design practice in Ireland.

In response to current climate, DCCI National Design & Craft Gallery have developed this exhibition as an highly-visual, outdoor panel trail. In the absence of the objects, the focus is on strong images of iconic pieces and sharing makers stories through designed panels. This innovative outdoor presentation will ensure the project can take place no matter restrictions, allowing us to present the exhibition in key locations throughout the country, and ensuring the widest possible audience have an opportunity to engage with the project.


Following the World Crafts Council General Assembly in Dublin in 1970, and arising from the needs of a lively, developing craft sector, Crafts Council was established in 1971 as a voluntary body under the chairmanship of Frank Sutton and a committee of honorary officials. Throughout the past fifty years Crafts Council (Design & Crafts Council Ireland since 2014) has championed Ireland’s designer makers, fostering its growth and commercial strength, raising awareness of the unique identity of Irish craft and design, and stimulating quality design and innovation. In 2021, Ireland is recognised for its exceptional craft and design, which is celebrated throughout the world.


Through a public open call, Design & Crafts Council Ireland invited its members, GANS, partners, and the wider craft and design sector to nominate their #IrishCraftHero: 

‘to celebrate makers whose work has significant legacy, has heralded new approaches or changed the way we look at the world.’