- Homo Faber is the first major cultural exhibition dedicated to the best in European craftsmanship and takes place in Venice, Italy in September 2018
- The Irish designers and craftspeople selected will be the largest representation from one country to participate in Homo Faber
- Seven leading Irish craftspeople selected to exhibit in the ‘Best of Europe’ pavilion
- 12 recent graduates or current students of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Centres of Excellence in Ceramics and in Jewellery & Goldsmithing to participate in the Young Ambassadors programme
Ireland will have significant representation at major cultural exhibition Homo Faber which takes place in Venice, Italy from 14th to 30th September 2018. Seven leading Irish designers and makers have been selected to participate in this landmark exhibition and 12 graduates and students from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) Centres of Excellence in Ceramics and in Jewellery & Goldsmithing have been chosen for the Young Ambassadors programme, a unique joint educational and cultural initiative as part of Homo Faber.
Organised by the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, Homo Faber aims to put fine craftsmanship on the global map and increase recognition and visibility for master artisans. The exhibition will bring together a vast range of materials and disciplines and will offer an immersive experience; visitors will be able to meet master artisans or virtually enter their workshops, to observe conservators at work and wander through worlds of fine craftsmanship. Covering nearly 4,000 square metres, on San Giorgio Maggiore Island, Homo Faber will offer the public a rare opportunity to explore the island and the magnificent complex of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, including areas that are generally not accessible to the public.
The eight Irish craftspeople participating are: glass artist Róisín de Buitlèar; basket maker Joe Hogan; sculptor Helen O’Connell; ceramicist Jennifer Hickey; glass artist Alison Lowry; silversmith Cara Murphy; sculptor Nuala O’Donovan; and artist and sculptural furniture maker Sasha Sykes. All are members of DCCoI’s PORTFOLIO programme which actively works to grow the reputations and potential of designer-makers across all major disciplines of contemporary craft.
Read the full press release: Press Release_Irish design & craft presence at Homo Faber_August 2018