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Multiple dates from Thursday, August 24th to Sunday, September 3rd

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Cork Craft Month 2017 – Create, Configurate, Celebrate!
-Back for its eighth year in a row, Cork Craft Month is on its way and ready to knock your bespoke socks off!-
Monday 31st July: Launching this Thursday 3rd August, Cork Craft Month - a celebration of the talents of Cork's creative community – is returning with a little something old, something new and something just for you! Running until Sunday 3rd September, Cork Craft Month is led by a county-wide voluntary collective established to celebrate and showcase over 100 craftspeople in Cork. Featuring a broad array of events, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations, this fantastic month showcases the work and skills of professional craft makers throughout Cork city and county.
The diverse range of crafts on show during this month-long celebration include, but are not limited to; ceramics, woodwork, furniture making, bookbinding, textiles, jewellery, metalwork, and glasswork. The public are invited to take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life and take time to browse, admire, learn and perhaps purchase while visiting various exhibitions and venues.
As always, there is a jam-packed festival programme, with something to suit all tastes and interests. This year sees a number of exciting new additions, such as ‘Meet the Makers’, a series of FREE craft demonstrations.
Some of the other not-to-be-missed programme highlights include:
The jewel in the crown of Cork Craft Month, this showcase exhibition promotes the talents of both established and emerging makers. This show, curated by Tina Darb, will be housed in The Atrium, Cork City Hall, Anglesea Street and is to be launched by well-known broadcaster, Bibi Baskin at 6pm on Thursday 3rd August, with all invited to attend. Running until August 25th, Configurate will open Monday to Friday each week from 9am - 5pm. Expect unique and dynamic work from small-scale to large installation work.

‘Emerge’ New Makers’ Exhibition
Taking place in C.I.T.’s Wandesford Quay Gallery, Clarke’s Bridge from Friday 4th August to Saturday 26th August, this fresh exhibit, curated by Roisín Foley, presents raw young talent at its finest. It will be open to the public Tuesday to Friday, from 11am to 5pm and on Saturday 12pm to 5pm.
‘Emerge’ proudly debuts work from graduating students of C.I.T Crawford College of Art and Design, Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa and St. Johns Central College as part of Cork Craft Month. Presenting works from the three colleges, ‘Emerge’ aims to give the city a snapshot of up-and-coming contemporary Irish design and craft. An appreciation of raw materials and age-old craft skills are blended with modern technology and production methods.
Opening Night takes place on Friday 4th August at 6pm. All are welcome!

The HOME Event – with Cork Craft & Design
The Home Event is located at the James O'Neill Building (formerly The Old Mill), Kinsale and runs from Friday 28th July until Sunday 3rd September.
This extra special craft event, open daily from 10am - 6pm (closed Tuesdays), will feature an eclectic selection of work by Cork Craft & Design’s members. A haven of handmade items for the home, this event will include furniture, textiles, ceramics, woodturning and framed pieces to suit all budgets and tastes.

Cork Craft & Design Exhibition Space and Craft Shop
Located in 27a St. Patrick’s Woollen Mills, Douglas (next to ‘On the Pigs Back’ Café), the Cork Craft & Design shop will be open throughout August from Monday to Saturday 9:30am – 5:30pm. The new exhibition and retail space is a must-see during Cork Craft Month. Bringing together a diverse rotating collection of Cork Craft & Design’s members’ work, why not pop in and meet and talk to the makers working there about their products and inspirations?

New for 2017! Meet the Makers – Series of FREE Craft Demonstrations
This exciting, brand-new addition to Cork Craft Month offers members of the public a series of FREE craft demonstrations, held at various venues throughout the county, with none other than the makers themselves! Find out what inspires these talented craftspeople and learn some tips and tricks form the experts.

Speaking at the launch of the upcoming eighth Cork Craft Month, Chairman of Cork Craft & Design, Tony Farrell, expressed his excitement and appreciation to all involved, commenting: “We are enormously grateful to all of our sponsors, including Cork Enterprise Board, Cork City and County Councils, Fáilte Ireland and the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, without whom it would not be possible to organise an annual event series of this scale. On behalf of the members of Cork Craft & Design I want to extend a warm welcome to all who will grace the doors of our 2017 exhibitions and events. Entering into its eighth year, Cork Craft Month has grown and evolved, now working in a wonderful symbiosis with an abundance of talented craftspeople, who use their ingenuity and skills to produce exquisite craft products throughout Cork. We invite the public to join with us in celebrating the diversity of craft available to view, buy, see, collect, touch and simply enjoy.
“This month long festival features open studio days and workshops and the brand-new ‘Meet the Makers’ aspect of Cork Craft Month is hoped to create a mutually enjoyable and educational experience for the public and craftspeople alike. It is a unique opportunity to gain personalised insight into the craft world in Cork. Local artists are happy to welcome visitors and discuss their work, inspirations and techniques. Or why not follow the ‘Made in Cork Trail’, a suggested map of all the best places to purchase Cork-made craft in the city and county?” concluded Mr. Farrell.
There is a selection of workshops and demonstrations taking place for both adults and children alike as part of the programme. You can pick up a copy of the 2017 programme at any of Cork Craft Month event venues throughout August or for the full schedule of events, check out Facebook\corkcraftdesign. For live updates follow @corkcraftdesign on Twitter. Cork Craft Month 2017 is supported by Cork City and County Local Enterprise Offices, Cork County Arts Office, The Design & Craft Council of Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.
Issued on behalf of the Cork Craft Month
Hopkins Communications, Media House, Crawford Business Park, Crosses Green, Cork

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Notes to Editor:
About Cork Craft & Design
Cork Craft Month is organised by Cork Craft & Design (CCD) a voluntary organisation of over 100 Cork-based craftspeople. As an umbrella group for professional craft makers in Cork, their goal is to make Cork city and county a recognised centre of excellence for making, seeing, collecting, buying and learning about contemporary craft.
The Cork craft industry sector includes ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, furniture and much more. Cork craft businesses are mainly small in scale and geographically widespread. The industry is a significant employer, providing viable, sustainable enterprises around the county, including in rural communities deemed unsuitable by other manufacturing sectors.

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