Carlow County Council Secure Creative Europe Funding for ‘Craft Hub’
10 June 2020

Carlow County Council Secure Creative Europe Funding for ‘Craft Hub’

Congratulations to Carlow County Council who will be Lead Partner on the newly funded Craft Hub project! Craft Hub will run over three years and includes nine partners. The project will showcase the wealth of European Craft practice and address sector challenges. Craft heritage will be combined with experimentation in disciplines such as glass, ceramics, jewellery, stonemasonry, metalwork, textiles, furniture, digital making and more.

Kathleen Holohan, Chief Executive of Carlow County Council, commented:

 'County Carlow has a rich industrial and inspirational craft-based heritage-driven DNA and Carlow County Council are delighted to lead a European Project which is all about exploring, building capacity and sharing best practice in terms of the creative process and opportunity. County Carlow has a wealth of creative entrepreneurs who take their inspiration from the Blackstairs & Barrow Valley to create craft work of stone masonry, stained glass, a myriad of small and subtle architectural details to a bounty of artefacts across all craft disciplines such as textiles and fashion objects, jewellery and pottery.'

Craft Hub activities in Ireland and in their EU partner countries will include artist residencies, training workshops, exhibitions, conferences, and a Festival of Craft to be held in Carlow. The project will work with artists and makers as well as academics, researchers, and the public to showcase high quality new work to new audiences in Ireland and abroad. The project will also create a multimedia open-access digital repository as a resource.

In all, seven Irish organisations were selected for this round of Creative Europe Culture Co-operation Project funding. The selected Irish projects represent a good geographic spread with one project based in Carlow; two in Cork; and two in Limerick. In terms of art forms, three of the Irish projects encompass visual arts; two feature literature; and there is a definite theme of accessibility throughout these projects. We look forward to seeing their work in the coming years!


Craft Hub will run from 2020 - 2023 and will inlcude a total of nine partners. The project will showcase the wealth of European Craft practice and address sector challenges.  Craft Hub activities and results will include: 

  • 305 training workshops to increase Audience Participation
  • 42 Residencies
  • 7 exhibitions/catalogues
  • 2 Conferences
  • A Festival of Craft 
  • A Sustainability Plan for the sector 
  • 1 Material Library & Database (minimum 2600 material/digitised samples) 
  • 1 multi-media open-access Digital Repository
  • An audience gallery, a blog, and an interactive ‘Ask a Maker’ feature.

We will highlight all seven projects with Irish partners over the week. If you would like to learn more about Creative Europe, funding and projects, please join us at 11:00am on Thursday 11th June for our Creative Europe Showcase Webinar. Guests will be Chris Clarke, Senior Curator of The Glucksman, Cork who will talk about the VIBE project; and Maoliosa Boyle and Joyce Dunne from Rua Red on the EUCIDA project. Please register here for the webinar