Designers making the future in LSAD

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Way of the future: Featured designer, Garvan de Bruir, at the opening of the Design & Crafts Council of Irelands Future Makers programme in Limerick School of Art & Design. Picture: Alan Place.
CONTEMPORARY craft work by some of the country’s leading designers has gone on display in Limerick School of Art and Design.

CONTEMPORARY craft work by some of the country’s leading designers has gone on display in Limerick School of Art and Design.

The Future Makers Exhibition, featuring a curated selection of work by the 2013 and 2014 winners and recipients of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland awards programme, opened last week.

The exhibition is being run in partnership with LSAD as part of City of Culture and is open in the Church Gallery until October 15.

It features the work of 19 selected makers across a range of disciplines that have been supported by the Design & Crafts Council programme. The exhibition includes fashion, ceramics, furniture and even a striking sculptural swing by designer Garvan de Bruir.

“We are delighted to be showcasing this award winning work in partnership with Limerick School of Art & Design and to present all the inventive and imaginative works on display,” said Karen Hennessy of the Design & Crafts Council.

“We hope to see these talented and emerging designers and makers further their careers in the creative industries.

The Future Makers Awards & Supports programme rewards the next generation of Irish creatives, helping them develop an exciting future in the craft and design industry and has an annual fund of over €24,000.

““The programme reflects our commitment to investing in the development of the next generation of designers and craftspeople and continue the ongoing promotion of their work,” said Ms Hennessy.

James Greenslade, head of school in LSAD, said the institution was “honoured” to partner with the crafts council to host the “exciting showcase of emerging design talent”.

“We welcome the decision to situate this exhibition in the spectacular setting of the recently refurbished LSAD Church Gallery,” he explained, noting the third level college’s “long and award-winning history in both craft and design”.

“The siting of this internationally renowned showcase in Limerick is particularly appropriate during its designation as Ireland’s first City of Culture,” he added.

Each of the featured Future Makers had their work independently assessed by some of the most highly regarded professionals in the sector including those in Kingston University in London and award winning designer Peter Sheehan from Design Partners, while the selection panel included internationally renowned designer maker Joseph Walsh, creative director and founder of Indigo & Cloth, Garrett Pitcher and ceramic artist Neil Read.