National Craft Gallery

National Craft Gallery

The Castle Yard, Castle Road, Kilkenny, Ireland

Established by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland in 2000, the National Craft Gallery is Ireland’s leading centre for contemporary craft and design. We inspire appreciation, creativity and innovation through our exhibition, event and education programmes, and play a critical role in building understanding of craft and material culture in Ireland.

Our programmes feature Irish and international designers, artists and makers across a variety of disciplines who push the boundaries of their chosen materials and techniques in their engagement with the making process. The gallery provides a platform where work can be explored in wider cultural contexts, to develop understanding of the traditional roots of Irish craft and design, and its future potential.

Established by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland in 2000, the National Craft Gallery is Ireland’s leading centre for contemporary craft and design. We inspire appreciation, creativity and innovation through our exhibition, event and education programmes, and play a critical role in building understanding of craft and material culture in Ireland.

Our programmes feature Irish and international designers, artists and makers across a variety of disciplines who push the boundaries of their chosen materials and techniques in their engagement with the making process. The gallery provides a platform where work can be explored in wider cultural contexts, to develop understanding of the traditional roots of Irish craft and design, and its future potential.

Through our programmes and partnerships, we reached an audience of over 100,000 people nationwide in 2011, and continuing to develop new audiences for craft is a key part of our activities. Through showing and interpreting the highest quality national and international work, we educate and inspire, raising standards and encouraging critical dialogue and learning in the process.

The National Craft Gallery touring programme works with Irish and international venues and partners to bring our critically-acclaimed exhibitions to a wider audience.

Opening Hours

Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5.30pm Sundays 11am - 5.30pm Closed Mondays (Except Bank Holidays)

Admission is free