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The Makers' Gallery

A cream Aran jumper displayed in the Makers' Gallery exhibition room.

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The Maureen Sweater Bambú Hurley
Germinating Endophytes From Young Scientist to Stripe
Pappus Pod on a Narrow Stone
Balance in Blue Nouveau-Jaw Statement Neck Piece 
Blush Antrim Fields
Ensemble XIII, XIV, XV, XVI  Feather Wreath
Dark Edge Vessel & Large Dark Edge Vessel Vortex Vessels
Orb Ring MED3DP
Sheeran Guitar EIRSAT-1 
Enignum II Locus Chair Axiomilla II

The Maker’s Gallery, to the left of the Courtyard, features our permanent exhibition, ‘We Are The Makers’, which illustrates the universal human desire to ‘create by making’ - the idea that making is a fundamental expression of identity.

The exhibition brings together a diverse group of Ireland’s contemporary, highly skilled creators and innovators who carry on our ancient traditions of making. They are artists who work with materials provided by nature, blending craft and tradition to bring beauty into our lives.

They are also scientists and innovators driven by a sense of endless possibility. The exhibition connects aesthetic and functional making, showing how excellence in widely varying disciplines, from various art forms to science and technology, draws from the same qualities of human imagination and creative engagement.

Much of the exhibition derives from the Design & Crafts Council Ireland’s Portfolio, a 2021 selection of the finest Irish designers and makers. In addition, there is a selection of objects representing the work of some of our leading scientists and innovators. A specially made film piece focuses on the individual ‘makers’ and the inspiration that underpins their creativity, often based on place and community.

The exhibition is curated by Lynn Scarff, Director of the National Museum, with substantial input from the Design & Crafts Council Ireland.

The Oculus The Hamilton Room The Courtyard Irish Craft & Design Táin Prints Exhibition Space