Silversmith artist Annemarie Reinhold awarded National Museum of Ireland and Design & Crafts Council Ireland Covid-19 Commission
Following a competition in late 2020/early 2021, Cork-based silversmith artist Annemarie Reinhold was selected to create a piece of work in response to the Covid-19 crisis, the piece has now joined the National Museum of Ireland’s permanent collection, as part of its Contemporary Collection of Design and Craft.
The National Museum of Ireland (NMI) and the Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) provided €15,000 for the commission, it is hoped that this artistic response will help capture the essence of that unique time in our history, for future generations.
A graduate of NCAD, Bishopsland Educational Trust in the UK and the DCCI Jewellery Skills Course, Annemarie Reinhold uses traditional Silversmithing techniques to make sculptural and wearable objects and she takes inspiration from nature. She created a ‘Spoon Garden’ inspired by vegetable gardens as her response to Covid-19, with each silver spoon displayed in a wooden block, with a cut out centre.
Originally from Germany but living in Ireland for 12 years, Annemarie Reinhold is based in the Benchspace Creative Hub in Cork City. In 2016 and 2019 she was a recipient of a Future Makers Award. In 2017, she was honoured to be selected for an RDS Craft Award as an emerging maker in the silversmithing and metalwork category. In 2020 she was chosen for a Golden Fleece Award.
Between 2019-2020, she took part in the collaborative InForm project which culminated in an exhibition in 2021 displaying new jewellery and ceramic works by 22 makers inspired by the National Museum’s collections.
The Contemporary Collection of Design and Craft (CCDC) was established in 2004 to collect contemporary high-quality works from Ireland’s leading designer-makers by the National Museum of Ireland in order to preserve the antiques of tomorrow for future generations. The collection, jointly funded by the National Museum of Ireland and Design & Crafts Council Ireland, complements, and enhances the NMI’s existing collection of Ireland’s portable heritage.
The judging panel for this commission comprised representatives from the National Museum of Ireland and Jean Blanchaert, the Director of Galleria Blanchaert in Milan, who created the ‘Best in Europe’ pavilion at Homo Faber 2018 in Venice.
Discover more about the Spoon Garden exhibition here