Extraordinary talent showcased as Cork Craft Month 2018 gets underway

Posted on: 8th August, 2018

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

This year’s Cork Craft Month officially kicked off on Thursday, August 2 with the opening of the ‘Turn to the Ordinary’ exhibition at No. 46 Grand Parade, but there is nothing ‘ordinary’ about the talent that will be on show throughout the month of August.

Now in its ninth year, Cork Craft Month showcases the works and practices of the many gifted artists, makers and designers living in Cork city and county, bringing their creations to the masses through a plethora of exhibitions, workshops, demos and ‘meet the maker’ events. Many events are held in West Cork towns and villages; the complete Cork Craft Month 2018 brochure is available to view online at www.corkcraftanddesign.irish.

This year,  ‘Turn to the Ordinary’ at The Gallery at 46 Grand Parade, provides a fitting launch platform for the month-long series of events, as it offers an introduction to some of the leading makers that form the Cork Craft & Design (CCD) collective. Presented by CCD and curated by Róisín Foley, the exhibition explores the relationships of maker, material and environment and how such relationships influence the design and creation of works.

While this exhibition is a key event in the jam-packed Cork Craft Month 2018 calendar, it is just one in a series of events that intend to inspire and enthral. There are also a wide range of workshops and demos taking place throughout the month, allowing budding artists to put their skills to the test, while the ‘Meet the Maker’ events give collectors and art appreciators the chance to see the artist at work and to witness their techniques and methods first-hand. There will also be a number of Open Studios in action all across the county during Cork Craft Month, where visitors can browse the vast repertoire of their favourite makers in their natural setting. Young makers and doers can also get involved, with a range of creative summer camps on offer throughout August.

Speaking ahead of the official launch, Operations Manager of Cork Craft & Design, Maeve Murphy said: “After months of hard work by all involved, we are delighted that Cork Craft Month 2018 will finally come to fruition in just over a week. As always, the schedule of events is both ample and impressive in equal measure. I can’t think of a better way to spend the final weeks of this beautiful summer!”

Chairman of Cork Craft & Design, Tony Farrell added: “We’re excited to welcome some new members to the CCD collective this year as the addition of emerging talent gives the event new life each year. It will be great to experience it through their eyes and to hear the feedback of visitors to Cork Craft Month’s numerous events. With many wonderful items on the agenda this year, we encourage people to visit, appreciate and relish the Cork Craft month experience and to support the ocean of homegrown talent that will be on show.”

Here are some of the highlights of this year’s event:

‘Turn to the Ordinary’ Exhibition

The Gallery at No. 46, Grand Parade, Cork City

Fri 3 – Fri 24 August, 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Turn to the Ordinary is an exhibition featuring works from Cork Craft & Design’s leading makers. The exhibition explores the relationships of maker, material and environment and how such relationships influence the design and creation of works. Featuring pieces by Martha McGuire, Luke Sisk, Martin Horgan, John O’Shea, Mary Palmer, Cian O’Driscoll, Paul Hickey, Silverstone Dimensions, Mr Kite, Joanna Kaminska of Jokamin Designs, Ioana Cretu and Jenti Forest, each creation conveys the maker’s conscious efforts through material process and/or design to create pieces that enhance or draw attention to our experience of the everyday.

‘EMERGE’ Exhibition

The Atrium, Cork City Hall, Anglesea Street, Cork City

Wed 1 – Thurs 30  August, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Cork Craft & Design would like to welcome you to attend EMERGE; an exhibition that celebrates the work of graduating makers as part of Cork Craft Month 2018, embracing them as part of the community of Irish craft and design. Featuring selected works from graduating classes in Crawford College of Art & Design (applied arts), Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa (furniture) and St John’s Central College (jewellery), the showcase combines contemporary design aesthetics informed by traditional craft making methods.

‘The Home Event’ with Cork Craft & Design

James O’Neill Building (formerly The Old Mill), Kinsale

Sat 4 Aug – Sun 2 Sept, 10am to 6pm daily (closed Tuesdays)

The Home Event is an extra-special craft event showcasing an eclectic selection of work by Cork Craft & Designs members. Featuring a haven of handmade items for the home, this event will include furniture, textiles, ceramics, woodturning and framed pieces to suit all budgets and tastes.

Cork Textiles Network – Twenty Years

Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin Street, Cork City

Thurs 21  June to Sat 22  September

The ‘Cork Textiles Network – Twenty Years’ showcase is a group exhibition by Cork Textile Network members to mark their 20thAnniversary and provides a retrospective look at some of the amazing work produced by members over the past two decades. Cork Textiles Network is a collective membership body for makers who use textiles in their practice. CTN aims to promote exchange with other textile networks and artists in Ireland and across Europe.

2-Day Ceramic Courses

Stable Door Pottery, Shanagarry Design Centre, Shanagarry, East Cork

Sat 4 and Sat 18  Aug (Group 1)

Sat 11 and Sat 25  Aug (Group 2)

Sign up today to learn how to make your very own piece of pottery using a hand building technique. Price per person for the two-day ceramics course is €190 including all materials and lunch in the Shanagarry cafe upstairs. Class size limited to 6 adults per class.

Bantry Market Celebrates Cork Craft Month

Wolfe Tone Square, Bantry

Fri 17 August, 10am to 4pm

Bantry Market will be celebrating Cork Craft Month with a special event and craft market on Friday August 17. The aim of this showcase event is to bring the artist from their garret into the public realm, before an appreciative public. In addition to the many craft producers that regularly attend the Friday market, there will be a Craft Marquee that will house craft makers from across the region. There will also be craft demonstrations taking place on the square over the course of the day, from woodturning and spinning to basket making, as well as live music and other activities. (This event is supported by Cork County Council, West Cork Development Partnership, Bantry Tourism and Development Association and Bantry Market Traders’ Association)

New for 2018!
The Inaugural Cork
Craft Show

The International Hotel, Cork Airport Business Park, Cork

Sat 1 to Sun 2 Sept, 11am to 5.30pm each day

The inaugural Cork Craft Show will take place at the Cork International Hotel on Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2, which is the final weekend of Cork Craft Month. The Cork Craft Show will hold a variety of exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations. The weekend will showcase the best in Irish craft including woodturning, ceramics, pottery, art, furniture design, metal, glass and textiles. There will be an exhibition area, an exhibitor selling area and a variety of different workshops for people to participate in throughout both days. Go towww.corkcraftshow.com to book tickets and find out more.

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