29.01.2015


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29.01.2015

Irish Design 2015 has officially announced The Doyle Collection as Accommodation Partner of the year long programme for Irish Design 2015 (ID2015), a government-backed initiative exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design throughout Ireland and internationally.

Through the partnership, The Doyle Collection will be supporting the ID2015 programme in their hotel locations in Ireland and internationally as well as providing an exhibition venue and gallery space in Dublin for the year-long schedule of events.

Commenting on the announcement, Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and a Director of ID2015 said: “As an Irish, independent and family-owned group of international luxury hotels, The Doyle Collection is world renowned for their warm welcome, stylish design and great locations so we are delighted to have them as our Accommodation Partner for ID2015. We look forward to working with The Doyle Collection throughout 2015, showcasing Irish hospitality to invited guests from the creative sector.”

Pat King, Chief Executive of The Doyle Collection said: “Supporting Irish businesses is central to the activities of our hotels.  We are delighted to be taking a lead in the hospitality sector in promoting the work of talented Irish designers and makers through our involvement in this exciting Irish initiative with an international reach.  I’d like to wish everyone involved in Irish Design 2015 every success.” 

The announcement was made at the opening of PORTFOLIO @ Solomon, a dedicated design & craft gallery to coincide with the ID2015 programme. The new 60m2 gallery space, which will be run by Solomon Fine Art, in conjunction with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) and The Doyle Collection, is located at the main entrance to The Westbury Hotel and Westbury Mall on Balfe Street, just a few steps from Solomon Fine Art’s existing gallery.

A twelve month programme of exhibitions in the new PORTFOLIO @ Solomon gallery will showcase work from the Design & Craft Council of Ireland’s PORTFOLIO programme, providing visitors and collectors with a unique opportunity to acquire one-off or limited edition pieces from internationally collected and emerging practitioners working to the highest standards of design quality and technical skill. The inaugural exhibition at PORTFOLIO @ Solomon focuses on CERAMICS, presenting over eighty innovative artworks by twenty different makers, including Jack Doherty, Andrew Ludick, Mandy Parslow, Alison Kay and Nuala O’Donovan.  Spanning across the two adjacent Solomon gallery venues, the exhibition will run until 14th March 2015.  

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Notes to Editors:

About Irish Design 2015:
Through a year-long programme of events and activities exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design both in Ireland and internationally, Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) aims to showcase the very best of Irish design in order to drive job creation, grow exports and increase competitiveness. ID2015 is being convened by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), in collaboration with partner organisations, on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Enterprise Ireland.  Irish Design 2015 partners include Founding Partners - MCO Projects; Accommodation Partners - The Doyle Collection; Venue Partners - OPW; Exhibition Partners – DAA; and Technology Partners - IBM. www.irishdesign2015.ie 

About the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland:
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the main champion of the design and craft industry in Ireland, fostering its growth and commercial strength, communicating its unique identity and stimulating quality design, innovation and competitiveness. DCCoI's activities are funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCoI currently has over 75 member organisations and over 3,000 registered clients. www.dccoi.ie

About the Doyle Collection:
The Doyle Collection encompassing eight luxury hotels located in five key cities – London, Bristol, Dublin, Cork and Washington is official accommodation partner of ID2015 and has generously provided an exhibition venue and gallery space for the year-long schedule of events. This initiative forms a key part of The Doyle Collection’s on-going programme of support for The Arts. Guests of The Doyle Collection are assured of a genuine welcome and anticipatory attention from hosts that care and a team that will go the extra mile. www.doylecollection.com

About Solomon Fine Art:
Solomon Fine Art was established in 1981 and is now regarded as one of Ireland’s leading contemporary art galleries.  Representing over thirty Irish and international artists, the Solomon specialises in sculpture and three dimensional work.  A select programme of exhibitions and events are held at their two galleries, both of which are located beside the Westbury Hotel in the heart of Dublin’s premier cultural & shopping district. www.solomonfineart.ie