Cork Craft Month 2016 – a­ celebration of Cork’s creative community

Posted on: 5th August, 2016

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Prepare to be inspired and captivated by the work of Cork’s craft makers this August at open studios, craft trails, exhibitions and workshops.

Cork Craft Month, now in its seventh year, promises all the diversity, innovation and creativity for which the event series has become renowned. Running from August 2 to September 4, Cork Craft Month is a celebration of the talents of Cork’s creative community. It will feature a broad array of events, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations, showcasing the work and skills of professional craft makers throughout Cork city and county.

The diverse range of crafts on show during the month-long celebration include: ceramics, woodwork, furniture making, bookbinding, textiles, jewellery, metalwork, and glasswork, examples of which will be available to browse, admire and purchase throughout the month in various exhibitions and venues. This year’s Cork Craft Month is a timely celebration as Cork Craft & Design are relocating to a new dedicated headquarters in St. Patrick’s Woollen Mills, Douglas with the support of the EDU Cork County Council and the Local Enterprise offices.

Some of the core events of this year’s Cork Craft Month include:

iNNOVATE

The jewel in the crown of Cork Craft Month; this showcase exhibition promotes the talents of both established and emerging makers. It will take place in Macroom Town Hall Gallery from August 9 – 28, opening Wednesday to Sunday from 11am – 6pm. This year’s main exhibition entitled ‘iNNOVATE’ focuses on the resourcefulness and adaptability of contemporary makers in Ireland today. The show is curated by Tina Darb.

Launch of Cork Craft Month and The HOME Event

The Home Event is located at the James O’Neill Building (formerly The Old Mill), Kinsale and runs from Thursday, July 28 until Sunday, September 3. Open daily from 10am – 6pm (closed Tuesdays).

Cork Craft Month 2016 will be publicly launched at ‘HOME’ on Tuesday, August 2 at 7pm by Mr Sean O’Sullivan, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office South Cork. The exhibition will feature an eclectic selection of handmade items for the home, to suit all budgets and tastes.

Cork Craft & Design Exhibition Space and Craft Shop

Located in Douglas Village Shopping Centre, the Cork Craft & Design shop will be open throughout Cork Craft Month from Monday to Saturday 10am – 6pm and on Sundays 11am – 5pm. First established as a temporary ‘pop-up shop’ during Cork Craft Month 2013, this exhibition and retail space was such a success it became a permanent fixture and a ‘must-see’ during Cork Craft Month. Why not pop in to meet and speak with the makers working there about their products and inspirations? You might even find the perfect gift for you or a friend!

Emerge: New makers at the City Hall

‘Emerge’, a curated selection of works from ‘up-and-coming’ Cork graduates takes place in the modern and spacious setting of the Cork City Civic Offices, Anglesea Street. The exhibition, curated by Christine Byrne, will feature a selection of crafts produced in Cork, including furniture, textiles and jewellery from graduates of St. John’s Central College and Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa. ‘Emerge’ is open to the public from August 2 – 27, Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm.

Adorn: Jewellery and fashion event 

Taking place in the new headquarters of Cork Craft & Design (27a St Patrick’s Woollen Mills, Douglas, Cork; next to On the Pig’s Back café) Adorn promises a jewellery and fashion event not to be missed. This new exhibition features an assortment of jewellery and fashion items, displayed alongside some stunning pieces by local furniture makers. Open throughout August from 11am – 5pm daily Wednesday through to Saturday.

The Chairman of Cork Craft & Design, Tony Farrell, has expressed his appreciation to all involved in making the seventh Cork Craft Month happen, saying: “We are enormously grateful to all of our sponsors, including Cork Enterprise Board, Cork City and County Councils, Fáilte Ireland and the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, without whom it would not be possible to organise an annual event series on this scale.” He added: “On behalf of the members of Cork Craft & Design, I want to extend a warm welcome to all. Cork Craft Month offers something for everyone. We invite the public to come along and spend some time investigating the diversity of crafts being produced here in Cork today at one of our many exhibitions. The month also features Open Studio days and workshops and the ‘Made in Cork Trail’ across the county.”

The ever-popular Open Studios are one of the highlights of this year’s programme, giving visitors a unique opportunity to glimpse inside a variety of Cork-based makers’ studios. Local craftspeople are happy to welcome visitors and discuss their work, inspirations and techniques. Why not follow the ‘Made in Cork Trail’ – a suggested map of all the best places to purchase Cork made craft in the city and county?

There is a selection of workshops and demonstrations taking place for both adults and children as part of the programme also. You can pick up a copy of the 2016 programme at any of our event venues throughout August. For booking details on all of the Cork Craft Month workshops, see the event calendar on corkcraftanddesign.com.

For a full schedule of events throughout Cork Craft Month, see corkcraftanddesign.com or www.facebook.com/

corkcraftdesign or follow @corkcraftdesign on Twitter.

Cork Craft Month 2016 is supported by Cork City and County Local Enterprise Offices, Cork County Arts Office, The Design & Craft Council of Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.

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