Exhibition across two major Kilkenny venues: KILKENNY CASTLE and NATIONAL DESIGN & CRAFT GALLERY in Ireland

Monumentality - Fragility, this means the same thing. The same sky is everywhere, although different. (Kadri Mälk, artist and author)

Delicate robustness, provocative innocence, abundance and vulnerability... Artists were invited to draw inspiration from the paradoxical nature of the dual theme, Monumentality / Fragility, proposed by BeCraft (formerly: the World Crafts Council - Belgique Francophone, WCC-BF) for the 2018 edition of the European Prize for Applied Arts. 600 makers from across Europe responded to the open call from which 74 makers from 19 European countries were selected by an expert jury. The seven Irish participants selected are jewellers Eimear Conyard and Annmarie Reinhold; basketmaker Joe Hogan; silversmith Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill; ceramicist Nicola Kelly; and textile artists Caroline Schofield and Niki Collier.

We host this exhibition in Kilkenny in celebration of creativity and innovation in craft across Europe. In a time of discord, we are more than ever aware of our enduring connection as Europeans, and the importance of our shared heritage, cultural connections and contemporary collaborations. Highlighting new work by 74 of the most skilled, creative applied artists from across the continent - this exhibition brings together both artworks and makers to explore parallels in their approaches, thinking and techniques. This broader awareness and continued dialogue is imperative to nurture continued creative practice in Europe and beyond.

The European Prize for Applied Arts aims to reward the best creations of contemporary expression in applied arts and craftsmanship. The exhibitors and the winners of the WCC-BF Master Prize (€3,500) and the WCC-Europe Young Talent Prize (€3,000) are chosen by international experts on the basis of criteria of artistic merit, technical mastery and innovation. Taking place every three years, the European Prize for Applied Arts exhibition was launched in the Grand Hall, Mons Anciens Abattoirs in Belgium on 20th October 2018. An initiative of the WCC-BF in partnership with: Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles; the City of Mons; WCC-Europe and WCC-International.

Makers at this event include (Members in Bold)