Limerick sculptor featured in national craft exhibition

FAMED Limerick artist Liam Flynn has been selected as one of the featured craftsmen in a new exhibition which has opened at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny.

FAMED Limerick artist Liam Flynn has been selected as one of the featured craftsmen in a new exhibition which has opened at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny.

The Abbeyfeale native, a self-taught wood turner whose work can be found in galleries around the world, is one of 26 artists featured in the ‘Future Beauty?’ exhibition, which runs until March.

Mr Flynn’s work and the rest of the exhibition is drawn from a new book titled Irish Craft Portfolio: Critical Selection, which has been published by the Crafts Council of Ireland.

‘Future Beauty?’ has been curated by Amanda Game, former head of the applied arts department at the Royal College of Art in London.

Mr Flynn is a multi-award winning wood turner whose work with Irish oak has graced some of the world’s leading museums, including the Victoria and Albert in London, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the National Museum in Dublin. In 2011 his work was honoured with a special exhibition in the Hunt Museum in Limerick.

A spokesperson for the National Craft Gallery said that the ‘Future Beauty?’ collection and the Irish Craft Portfolio book represents “the highest standards of contemporary craft in Ireland, as selected by an international panel”.

As well as Mr Flynn’s wood sculptures, the collection features a variety of works from different craft disciplines, including ceramics, jewellery, glass, metals, paper, textiles, furniture and basketry.

The spokesperson said that the common strand in the artists featured is the impact Irish art continues to make worldwide.

“With 26 makers across a range of regions, ages and disciplines, and of varying degrees of Irishness from diaspora to immigrant... the exhibition invites us to explore what ‘intelligent creation’ may bring to contemporary objects in the future, and what it will contribute to Irish economies and values in the coming years”.

The ‘Future Beauty?’ collection will be on display at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny until March 13.

For more information, visit www.nationalcraftgallery.ie and www.irishcraftportfolio.ie.

Alternatively email christinemonk@eircom.net at the National Craft Gallery, or Susan Brindley at the Crafts Council of Ireland at susan@ccoi.ie.