Open Call | National Design and Craft Gallery Exhibition Programme 2019 – 21

Application deadline: 18 June

National Design and Craft Gallery invite innovative and engaging exhibition proposals from professional curators, practitioners, galleries, partners and museums. Established by the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland in 2000, the National Design and Craft Gallery is Ireland’s leading centre for contemporary craft and design.

NDCG seeks to exhibit:
– Engaging and dynamic exhibitions that create conditions for dialogue and push the boundaries of practice within the design and craft sector
– Work of international calibre by national and international designers and makers, which hasn’t been shown in Ireland
– Exhibitions that address specific themes and can demonstrate the role and relationship of craft and design within our lives and societies.
– Exhibitions that have the ambition, intention and capacity to tour nationally and/or internationally
– Exhibitions designed with an awareness of audience experience, engagement and impact

Proposals for the Autumn 2019 – 2021 programme are invited under two categories:
– Proposals from professional curators or practitioners, by an individual or group
– Proposals from galleries, museums, institutions or partners

Please email 2-3 page exhibition proposal to To include:

  • A statement on the exhibition focus and/or theme
  • Outline how it would fit with NDCG’s vision and programming intentions
  • List of proposed exhibitors, with weblinks and visuals of work – list need not be confirmed but should be indicative of the type of work to be selected
  • Brief outline of audience engagement and education potential
  • Budget outline to include curators fee and exhibition costs: transport, promotion and marketing, display costs etc. and any potential funding supports / contributions
  • Outline of touring capacity, including links / partnerships with other venues
  • Professional curators are asked to include samples of previous exhibitions curated

Galleries, museums, institutions or partners are asked to include sample exhibition catalogues and or images from previous or current exhibitions

Download full Call for Proposals from Exhibition Program.pdf

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