Seán McNulty by Crafts Council of Ireland published on 2014/02/21 02:42:29 +0000 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Kilkenny Design Workshops [KDW], a visionary state-sponsored design agency. KDW was founded by William Walsh of Córas Tráchtála, following his visit to Plus Workshops in Norway in 1962 and the influential Design in Ireland audit in 1961 [also known as The Scandinavian Report] which was conducted by five Scandinavian design experts. Design work began at Kilkenny Design Workshops from 1963 providing design service for industry, with KDW officially launching in 1965. The KDW@21C conference is hosted by the Crafts Council of Ireland [CCoI] and the National Craft Gallery [NCG], to mark the 50 year anniversary of the initiation of KDW. The conference seeks to investigate the continuing legacy and acknowledge the influence of the workshops on Irish design practice and design culture. This conference will reflect on the experience of those based at the workshops and will consider the wide-reaching influence of KDW from Castle Yard; unsung heroes, design thinking and development of practices.