Side by Side, an exhibition of work from PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2015-2016 | Paris

12.06.2015 –

Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

Tuesday to Saturday from 2.00pm-6.00pm (late opening on Wednesdays until 8 pm)

Sundays from 12.30pm-14.30pm

Closed on Mondays, and 21 June

Side by Side, a curated exhibition of contemporary work from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s publication, PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2015-2016 is being presented at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris from 12th June to 10th July 2015.

Curated by Christina Jansen, Director of The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, the exhibition forms part of the programme for Irish Design 2015 (ID2015), the year long initiative backed by the Irish government exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design throughout Ireland and internationally. 

PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection is a biennial publication of the leading edge of Irish contemporary design and craft in a world-class context. This volume is published by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland in order to increase awareness and understanding of top Irish makers and their work, particularly among Irish and international collectors, galleries, commissioning bodies and museums. PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2015 – 2016 features 22 makers across the disciplines of ceramics, jewellery, glass, metals, leather, fashion, stone, furniture,  woodwork, and basketry.

The exhibition includes Sara Flynn’s ceramic vessels which were top sellers at the London Art Fair earlier this year, individually crafted bespoke couture pieces from fashion designer Helen Cody and exquisitely woven willow baskets from Joe Hogan who is regarded as an ambassador for traditional Irish craft. 

Side by Side is one of several collaborations between the Embassy, Enterprise Ireland, CCI and DCCoI in Paris marking Irish Design 2015:

In January 21 designer makers participated at Maison et Objet and a special reception was hosted by Ambassador Byrne Nason at the embassy in Paris
In January CCI and DCCoI announced a month-long Design residency which was awarded to basketmaker Joe Hogan
In tandem with Side by Side, 7 jewellery makers from the wider PORTFOLIO programme will exhibit their work in the Iki Galerie, 18 rue du pont Louis Philippe, 75004 Paris

The 21 makers included in Side by Side at the Centre Culturel Irlandais are:

Angela O’Kelly JEWELLERY

Cara Murphy SILVER

Cillian Ó Súilleabháin FURNITURE

Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill METALS

Edmond Byrne GLASS


Helen O’Connell STONE

Helen Cody FASHION

Jack Doherty CERAMICS


Karl Harron GLASS

Liam Flynn WOOD

Michael McCrory METALS

Nuala Jamison JEWELLERY

Pierce Healy JEWELLERY

Roger Bennett WOOD



Stuart Cairns METALS


Zelouf + Bell FURNITURE

Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

Tuesday to Saturday from 2.00pm-6.00pm (late opening on Wednesdays until 8 pm)

Sundays from 12.30pm-14.30pm

Closed on Mondays, and 21 June

Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5 rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris

Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5 Rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris, France

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