August Craft Month 2013
Craft Northern Ireland launch a packed programme of events from Derry~Londonderry
August Craft Month has been officially launched for the first time in Derry~Londonderry. A nationwide initiative, August Craft Month sees craft makers exhibit in galleries across the country, workshops held in a variety of mediums, and family events all designed to showcase local artists.
The theme this year is ‘Culture of Making’, and August Craft Month 2013 began fittingly in the UK City of Culture 2013 with the launch of CultureCraft at the London Street Gallery, featuring work by 38 makers.
A spectacular Culture Quilt was also unveiled to mark the launch of the August Craft Month programme, which covers the front of Bedlam Market on Derry~Londonderry's Pump Street, and which was created by the Hansel Gretel children's craft collective.
Craft Northern Ireland chief executive, Alan Kane, is excited by developments in the Maiden City culminating in the launch of CultureCraft. 'This is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious craft exhibitions ever to be staged in Northern Ireland,' he said, 'and one of the hidden gems of this year’s City of Culture celebrations.'
Curated by contemporary jeweller and Derry~Londonderry native, Seliena Coyle, the CultureCraft exhibition features work by such luminaries as Bangor-based ceramicist, Peter Meanley, County Down silversmith Cara Murphy, and Edinburgh-based, Coleraine-born jeweller, Grainne Morton.
Coyle, who is based at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, asked Ireland’s leading contemporary makers to think about what culture means to them and to create an original piece for the exhibition.
'People involved in craft will be surprised by this exhibition,' she said. 'Nothing of this standard in craft has ever happened before in the North West. It is going to be a real showcase for craft in Derry, and hopefully will inspire and create an environment where contemporary craft will be embedded in the city.'
Noelle McAlinden, arts adviser for the Culture Company 2013, added: 'This is a high point in the year as City of Culture and significant in the gallery's programme of promoting the importance of authentic craft, highlighting the role of makers locally and internationally and specifically promoting the city as an evolving cultural capital for arts, culture and craft .'
Culture is at the heart of all events during August Craft Month, with a strong focus on how Northern Ireland’s top designer makers take inspiration from its rich and diverse history and traditions to produce work full of beauty, passion and imagination.
Other highlights of the 2013 August Craft Month programme are the Making It graduation exhibition at Craft NI headquarters on Waring Street in Belfast, the Deep Time print exhibition inspired by the Ulster Museum's geological collection, and Craft Fest at Castle Ward from August 9 – 11. View the full August Craft Month programme below.