More than 70 events to take place as part of Cork Craft Month

More than 70 events to take place as part of Cork Craft Month
Ceramicist Charlie Mahon who will give a live free demo of his ceramic processes on 23 August as part of Cork Craft Month run by Cork Craft & Design. The demonstration is one of over 70 events and workshops — 80% of which are online — planned for Cork Craft Month in August. Picture Darragh Kane

More than 70 events and workshops are set to take place across the city and county next month as part of Cork Craft Month.

The festival is run by Ireland's largest social enterprise for craftspeople, Cork Craft & Design, and is expected to bring together more than 100 Cork makers to celebrate the importance of contemporary Irish craft.

The 2020 Cork Craft & Design Showcase Exhibition, which will be in Ballydehob, launches this Friday and is dedicated to sustainability and environmentally conscious thinking.

It will feature the work of 19 makers, including mosaic artist Margaret Twomey of Purpose Mosaic and Alison Ospina of Green Wood Chairs.

Maeve Murphy, Operations Manager of Cork Craft Month said: “One of the biggest conversations happening at the moment in the craft world is around sustainability — what makers can do to minimise their impact on the planet. Consumers are more conscious of what they are buying, and they are actively seeking out locally made craft products that celebrate heritage craft making skills which have low impact on the environment.

“Our makers involved in the Cork Craft & Design Showcase Exhibition use everything from locally sourced salvaged wood to recycled clay to repurposed ebony from uilleann pipes. They will create a visual dialogue on the importance of sustainability and environmental consciousness, and those interested in finding out more are encouraged to pop into the Working Artist Studios on Main Street, Ballydehob during the month.” 

A number of online events will also take place as part of Cork Craft Month including a virtual Taste for Craft collaboration between Cork Craft & Design members and English Market traders.

The Chocolate Shop and woodturner Tony Farrell will participate in the first collaboration on 1 August, examining the synchronicities between both craft industries.

The annual West Cork Creates will also go online this year with a virtual gallery and shop running from 8 August until 14 September in Skibbereen.

Thirty-seven artists and craftspeople have been invited to work to the theme of Harvest, inspired by Theo Dorgan’s poem Harvest Moon.

A series of trails will take place across Cork Craft Month including Clonakilty Makers Trail, a self-guided walk of artists’ studios, chocolate makers, upholsterers and craft studios throughout Clonakilty.

Cork Flower Studio on Douglas Street will also have a Pure Local Like window exhibition throughout the month, displaying the work of local makers.

Physical workshops and demos will run in adherence to public health guidelines and these include silk painting by textile designer Sharon Rose McKeever at West Cork Crafts in Skibbereen on 4 August. 

Full details of all events, 90 per cent of which are free, are available at corkcraftanddesign.com.

Cork Craft Month is supported by Local Enterprise Office, Design & Crafts Council Ireland, Cork County Council, Cork City Council, Fáilte Ireland, the Creative Ireland programme /Clár Éire Ildánach, Cork Education and Training Board, Crawford College of Art & Design and The Gallery at No. 46 Grand Parade.

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