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Take a break from the hustle and bustle to enjoy Christmas at Collins Barracks – explore the Museum through one of our seasonal family trails, or hear some magical stories, make your own Christmas decorations, or find out about the traditions of Christmas, from the Crib to the festive food of the past. You can enjoy the Christmas exhibitions - look out for the 18th century Dutch Sleigh and Neapolitan crib figures in our reception area and in the Furniture Galleries, take a step back in time and see what a 1930s Christmas, or Christmas in Edwardian Dublin and the retro Christmas of 1940s might have looked like! And don’t miss ringing in the New Year with the Armagh Rhymers, performing their annual Mummers’ Show at Collins Barracks, now in their 18th year at the Museum!


Emmet has a retrospective exhibition in the National Museum of Ireland. The exhibition is curated by Dr Jennifer Goff, responsible for the Furniture and Eileen Gray collections who first spotted and acquired Kane’s work for the permanent collection in 2008. The exhibition explores Kane’s remarkable journey of development as an artist and woodturner from 1988 through to the present day, and features a huge array of work: from functional vessels and bowls, wall hangings, artistic pieces (both large and small), and recent small scale intimate works. 

Some of the pieces from the exhibition can be found on the exhibition page in the Gallery.

Find out more about the exhibition on the national gallery website: 'A Journey

Emmet Kane Exhibition

The exhibition in the press:
Exhibition review by Gemma Tipton in the Irish Times Irish Times Website

Sophie Gorman review in the Irish IndependentIrish Independent Website

Emmet Kane's live interview on RTE radio's ArenaRTE Radio Link

 Emmet Kane on Lyric FM Cutlery file with Luke ClancyLyric FM Interview Part 1 
 Lyric FM Interview Part 2

 Craft Art International by Kevin Wallacehttp://craft-arts.com.au/wood-by-emmet-kane/


One of my key inspirations and fascinations are the extraordinary characteristics of wood. My work to date has been an exploration of form and texture. Having grown up and working in a rural landscape comprising of immense natural beauty along with many exceptional archaeological features dating from the 6th Century, has had a strong influence on my work.

My instinctive connection with the wood comes from having five generations of Master Craftsmen in my family, which is balanced by knowledge of contemporary style. I explore the natural traditional character of Irish Oak and Elm and use it in a design-led manner.

My work has evolved over the years, from creating functional woodturning pieces into an art form, with a high emphasis on quality of craftsmanship in each piece. Each piece I create has its own distinct character which is determined by the combination of wood, texture, design and finish. Although each piece is unique, they are linked by an exploration of the relationship between the materials and the form, and the relationship between the internal and the external space.

Being dyslexic has helped me to approach my work differently because when I work there is no such word as can’t.

“I believe that anything is possible if you try, and one must try”.