Year

2020

Summary

Carlow County Council will lead the CRAFT HUB project which includes nine partners. The project will showcase European Craft practice and experimentation in disciplines such as glass, ceramics, jewellery, stone-masonry, metalwork, textiles, furniture, digital making and more.

Lead Partner

Carlow County Council

Co-Partner(s)
  • APOSTOLINA TSALTAMPAKI KAI SIA EE (Greece)
  • Materahub (Italy)
  • Craft Scotland (UK)
  • Designkolen Kolding (Denmark)
  • Glasmalerei Peters Studios (Germany)
  • Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway)
  • Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (Portugal)
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UK).
Funding Strand

Larger Cooperation Projects

Community Grant

€754,864

Description

Craft Hub is a large scale co-operation project will run over three years (2020 - 2023) 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.

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.

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.
Testimonial from Irish Partner

'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.' Kathleen Holohan, Chief Executive of Carlow County Council.