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Kilkenny Design Workshops

Internal/External Partners if any
DIT Digital Media Centre.

Language of Materials

Media Types
Still Images.

Demonstrator Project  Description
NIVAL is a unique research facility wherein every aspect of 20th Century Irish art and design has been documented, much of which is unavailable elsewhere.

The Kilkenny Design Workshops (KDW) were founded in 1963 by the Irish Export Board as part of its strategy to improve standards of design in the country. The primary aim of the Workshops was to produce prototypes in conjunction with Irish industry. Initially five sections (ceramics, weaving, textile printing, woodwork, silver and metalwork) were established, each led by an industrial designer from outside Ireland. During the 1970s the scope of the Workshops was extended into industrial and product design, and a residency scheme for design graduates was established. KDW was the first example of state-funded design workshops, and provided a template later used elsewhere. NCAD will collaborate with DIT to make a substantial part of the KDW archive available through the DRI using Web 2.0 interfaces and state-of-the-art event metadata searching.

Demonstrator Deliverables

  • Cross-searchable finding aids for KDW press cuttings and images to file level (approx. 5,000 records) and digitised sample of images (approx. 2500), compatible with DRI infrastructure;
  • Trial automatic extraction of event metadata to CIDOC CRM standard (DIT);
  • A body of digitised images of a wide range of products designed in Ireland – from fashion design to computer terminals;
  • A set of IP guidelines and model licensing agreements regarding the use of recently produced visual material.

This Demonstrator Project has received financial support from Fluid Rock