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West Wing

Room 33

Room 16 of 16

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The logos by Damien Harrington and Louis le Brocquy shown in this room are examples of some of the graphics developed by designers working in the Kilkenny Design Workshops, which was established in 1963 and ran until 1988. Initially staffed by international designers so as to become a training platform for Irish designers, the KDW’s output included furniture, fashion, graphics, textiles, silver and candles. Many leading artists and designers worked for the KDW, including Sonja Landweer (Room 23), Oisín Kelly (Room 35) and John ffrench (Room 14).
Printmaker William Stanley Hayter was closely linked to the Surrealist movement and founded the print studio Atelier 17, where he worked with André Masson and Yves Tanguy. Examples of Hayter’s collaborations with Samuel Beckett and Brian Coffey, two of the small number of Irish poetic Modernists who first published in the 1930s, are shown in the vitrines in this space.

Also here are posters created by Kevin Rockett for the Irish Film Institute’s Centenary of Cinema Celebrations in 1996. Footage from the IFI’s Irish Film Archive (dating from the 1930s to the ’60s) and from RTE’s Libraries and Archives (featuring ROSC exhibitions) is shown on monitors in this space.