The Crafts in a Post Colonial Culture

By Michael Moore.

Published by The Arts Collection

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With a focus on the Republic of Ireland as a starting point, this paper will consider the evolution of Applied Art or Craft Practice within a developing independent nation from the 1920's. it will consider the impact of WW2 on the Irish Craft practices on both sides of the border, with specific focus on aesthetic trends, histories and and hierarchies. The development of Irish visual arts and crafts did not receive the same recognition as the written word, poetry, literature and drama in 20th Century Ireland. This paper seeks to explore and highlight one strand of that, linked strongly to a sense of national identity, that of Irish Craft practice. The paper will trace the major developments of Irish Craft Culture throughout the 20th Century in Ireland, with focus on the rural crafts, the urban crafts, state sponsorship of same, and the contemporary context of Irish Craft Practice.

Keywords: Irish Visual Culture, Irish Crafts, Irish Applied Arts

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.225-234. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 700.384KB).

Michael Moore

Reader in Fine and Applied Arts, Faculty of Art Design and the Built Environment, University of Ulster, Belfast, Antrim, UK

Sculpture by Michael Moore is housed in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Ireland, the National Museum of the Czech Republic, the World Ceramic Exposition Foundation Korea, and the Australian National University. Moore’s Ceramics is represented by Virginia Christopher Fine Art, Calgary, Canada, The Carlin Gallery Paris, France and the Ceramic Art Gallery, Sydney Australia. Moore has given public lectures at Trinity College Dublin 2005, the University of London, Russell Square, 2004, and Red Deer College, Canada, 2004. He has participated in International Symposia of Ceramic Art in Lithuania 1997, Czech Republic 1998, Poland 2001 and 2 Biennale’s of Ceramic Art in Brussels in 1999 and 2001.


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