art 2004/2

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Dalia Laučkaitė-Jakimavičienė. Prie Šv. Onos bažnyčios; Puota; Kai aš gulėjau mirties patale. 2003, porcelianas, mišri antglazūrinė technika, Ø 31,5

Džiuljeta Raudonienė. Pavėjui. 2003, šamotas, spalvinti moliai, 60x21x18; 72x24x11

Aušra Kleizaitė. The Art af being a Girl. 2003, plastikas, 150x150

Lithuanian Applied Arts Exhibition

by Donna McGreevy

The Lithuanian Applied Arts Exhibition in Kilkenny was a part of the Day of Welcomes, a cultural programme launched by the Irish Government, as holder of the Presidency of the EU, to mark the accession of ten new member states on May 1, 2004.  Kilkenny, a small medieval town, is synonymous with excellence in crafts in Ireland and internationally. The Kilkenny Design Workshops, the first in the world state-owned design consultancy, were responsible for creating and realising a new vision for Irish craft and design. The headquarters of the Crafts Council of Ireland and the National Craft Gallery are located in Kilkenny that continues playing a leading role in the development of Irish crafts.
Therefore, the idea of the event was to present a coherent ‘snapshot’ of Lithuanian applied arts practice, which would relate to the understanding of craft in Ireland. The other goal pursued was to achieve broad involvement of the public, both Irish and Lithuanian. With the help of Lithuanian counterparts, the artists, to include emerging and well-established ones, were selected for a display at the Butler House, overlooking the National Crafts Gallery. The eclectic mix of Lithuanian applied arts attracted a lot of positive attention and many visitors. The visitors, especially the buyers, said they liked the different style of the work they saw. Some pieces reflected a real appreciation of the materials used in the work. Of interest were the crafts no longer practiced in Ireland, like leatherwork. The range of practice in textile work bore witness of a real vibrancy in that medium. The future collaboration of the artists, necessary to invigorate makers, will benefit from the mutual satisfaction with the event.

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