Friday, January 21, 2022


Cathaoirlach Fintan Phelan, Melissa Doyle, Business Advisor / EU Projects (Acting), Aileen Nolan, Carlow Arts Office, Seamus Doran, Assistant Head of Economic Development & Enterprise

By Elizabeth Lee

Crafters across County Carlow and beyond have an opportunity to explore different crafts across Europe, meet their peers from several countries and maybe even develop new techniques in crafting, thanks to the Craft Hub Project and Creative Europe.

The Craft Hub project involves investigating and documenting craft skills and looking at the differences in creative practice across Europe, and they are now looking for new applicants for this year’s programme.

The project will also delve into the craft cultural specificity and the individual motivations of practitioners.

The programme will allow the crafts people to investigate new creative methods and to potentially make new crafts.

Over 40 residencies for crafters are involved, with 305 days of outreach work, a festival, seven exhibitions and two conferences also taking place.

The Maker Exchange Residencies are a central part of the newly funded EU Craft Hub project which will showcase the wealth of European Craft practice.

Cllr Fintan Phelan, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council said: “I fundamentally believe that County Carlow has a world class eco-system when it comes to creatives, with Visual and the vast array of creative talent. I am delighted to see this project which is co-funded by the EU being spearheaded by Carlow County Council and I would encourage members of the creative community to engage with us to avail of this unique opportunity in 2022.”

Aileen Nolan from Carlow Arts Office in Carlow County Council said, “These residencies are a capacity-building opportunity for existing and future craft practitioners to support new professional opportunities, stimulate the creation of new works, increase and interconnect knowledge on craft making skills. They will to push the boundaries of craft making processes through new experimental ways of making.”

The residences will be hosted between March and July 2022 for five days each and will be hosted by the project partners Ireland, Wales, Denmark , Portugal, Germany and Italy.

Each residency will have a different theme that has been inspired by the local cultural context, craft practices, expertise and techniques and how such practices might be applied across Europe.

For further information log onto Maker Exchange Residencies – Craft Hub or contact Melissa Doyle on 059/9129783 or e-mail [email protected]

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