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Audrey Whitty to join Kim Mawhinney for ‘Unlocked Exhibition’

We are delighted to announce that Audrey Whitty will be working with us on our ‘Unlocked’ exhibition. Audrey Whitty, Head of Collections and Learning of the National Museum of Ireland, has agreed to work with our Board Member and exhibition curator Kim Mawhinney to select the prize winner from the August Craft Month exhibition.

Dr Audrey Whitty is Head of Collections and Learning, National Museum of Ireland (NMI) and is responsible for all aspects of the care, preservation and interpretation of the 5 million objects in the collections across the four museum sites. This includes management of the four Curatorial departments (Irish Antiquities, Art & Industry, Natural History, Irish Folklife), Conservation, Registration, Education, Photography, Design, publications and the four Museums’ exhibitions programme.

From 2015-19 Dr Whitty was Keeper of the Art and Industrial Division (Decorative Arts, Design and History), NMI. She was responsible for all collections, exhibitions, and leading the curatorial department and team on the Collins Barracks site. During 2013 and 2014 she was Curator of European and Asian Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, New York where she was responsible for an extensive collection in what is widely regarded as the greatest glass museum in the world. From 2001 to 2013, Dr Whitty was Curator of Ceramics, Glass and Asian collections, Art and Industrial Division, NMI.

Kim Mawhinney Craft NI Board Member: Kim is Senior Curator at National Museums, Northern Ireland, Kim was Curator of Applied Art at the Ulster Museum for 15 years with responsibility for the glass, ceramic and furniture collections. As a member of the Project Board for the redevelopment of the Ulster Museum, Kim currently sits on the main Board for the Art and Architecture Ireland, a cross-border major research publication. Throughout her career she has curated, juried and selected exhibitions, lectured and written about the history and development of museums, accessibility of art collections, glass and ceramics, both nationally and internationally.


To apply as a maker and take part in the exhibition please click here prize £250

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