Appetite for Design features the work of leading Irish and international designers, cooks and restauranteurs, documenting, discussing and speculating about the design of food and our experience of it.
Food is no longer merely about the simple act of eating, and the pure experience of smell and taste. New trends and materials have led to unique opportunities for the designers of today to enhance and elevate one's culinary experience by speaking to our minds as well as our stomachs. Engaging all our senses in a holistic culinary experience.
Appetite for Design showcases examples of the aesthetics, promotion, communication and representation of food, along with the equipment and tools used to prepare and consume food. Featured work includes Bompas & Parr, Marije Vogelzang, Omer Polek, The Decorators, Chapter One and Loam.
A series of culinary evenings and performances to accompany the exhibition will hosted by Godless Domestic, Dublin Pop-up, Culinary Counter and Barry Fitzgerald.
The exhibition is curated by Designgoat and explores the very best of Food Design, building on the increasing global recognition of outstanding Irish produce from coast to coast, and seabed to soil.
Eating Experience Programme:
As part of Appetite for Design, exhibition curators Designgoat invite chefs, food designers and artists to create a series of Eating Experiences, presented in the National Craft Gallery. Each individual Eating Experience will be a totally different culinary encounter; showcasing seasonal, wonderful and bizarre foods.
Eating Experience 1 with Barry Fitzgerald - Sat 9 May, 6.30pm. Former Head Chef of Etto, Dublin and of Michelin-starred the Hardwood Arms, London; Barry’s style of food is seasonal, creative, uncomplicated and approachable.
Eating Experience 2 with The Domestic Godless - Sat 23 May, 6.30pm. The Domestic Godless explore the potential of food through its taste, presentation, history and its cultural values, as a vehicle for irreverent artistic endeavour and experimentation.
Eating Experience 3 with Culinary Counter - Sun 7 June, 4.00pm. The Culinary Counter, run by chefs Mark Moriarty and Ciaran Sweeney, aims to break down barriers between the kitchen and the customer. An exciting theatrical tasting menu will be served from these young brilliant chefs.
Eating Experience 4 with Dublin Pop-Up - Sat 20
June, 6.30pm. Cúán Greene and Harry Colley of Dublin Pop Up offer innovative and extraordinary fine dining catering experiences, which play with traditional dining formats through dramatic food and unique locations.
Booking for the Eating Experience series is through Eventbrite. Limited places available. Unfortunately, special dietary requirements cannot be accommodated.
Education & Engagement Programme:
FAMILY DAY: NATIONAL DRAWING DAY Sat 16 May, 12noon - 4pm. Fun drawing workshops & activities for all ages.
BEALTAINE FESTIVAL: CRAFTERNOON TEA Fri 22 May, 1pm. Talk, tour and tea exploring the exhibition Appetite for Design for Bealtaine Festival.
FAMILY DAY: MAD HATTERS TEA PARTY Sat 13 June 10.30am & 12noon. Children are invited to a ‘Mad Hatters’ tea party were creativity and food will collide to create a magical eating experience.
LATE DATE: DESIGN TALKS, PUBLIC SPACES & FOOD Thur 25 June 6.30pm, Suzanne O’Connell of The Decorators in conversation with John Mahon of The Locals.
SCHOOLS 10am & 12noon, Tuesday - Friday. FOOD DESIGN Tour & Activities for Primary School students
WEEKENDS: DISCOVER & DESIGN Sat & Sun 10am - 5.30pm. Visitors of all ages can design, draw, build, and create with self-guided activities at the weekend. Drop in and get creative!
BOOKING & ENQUIRES To book or regisiter your interest in any of our events please contact National Craft Gallery at 056 7796151 or email
PUBLIC TOURS: Crafternoon Tour at National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Saturdays @ 3pm - Booking Required