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Conference: Women in Design

A two-day conference – Women in Design at the Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks.


One of a strip of tweed labels for the hand loomed Donegal Tweed woven by McNutt’s for the Aer Lingus air hostess uniform designed by Neillí Mulcahy in 1962. Neillí Mulcahy Collection, DT:2007.58

Friday 24th – Saturday 25th May 2019

Shelley McNamara, one of the founders of internationally renowned Grafton Architects and Juliet Kinchin, Curator of Architecture and Design at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York, are the keynote speakers at a two-day conference – Women in Design at the Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks.

Stencilling Letters & Numbers, EG:2003.536, Eileen Gray Collection II

This conference is both a celebration and an exploration of Irish women working in Design. The conference aims to explore topics such as women designers in the Museum’s collections, the significance of gender in design and whether it is important that designers are recognised and remembered as women. 

Hantelaine Rug Design, EG:2003.152, Eileen Gray Collection II

Some of the themes explored include women designers in the collections of the National Museum of Ireland – the celebrated and well known and the not so well known and the Irish women designers who may be forgotten, overlooked or overshadowed. Questions the conference aims to address include, would our designed environment be different if there were more women working in design; and how can more women be encouraged to work in Design in Ireland.

Full programme for the conference

Booking required