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Craftmark 'Going Green Launch'

22 April 2008

2008 has been a busy year to date for the Craftmark programme in the East Border Region of Ireland. The Craftmark exhibition ‘Going Green’ was officially opened by Una Parsons in the County Museum Dundalk in late March with Joe Kelly Director of Craft NI in attendance to testify to the true cross border reach of this network and economic initiative for artist/designer/makers in the East Border Region. Showcasing the work of thirteen designer/makers from the area, the exhibition had previously been on display in Space Craft in Belfast during February and is due to travel to Mel Bradley’s Gate Lodge Gallery in Drogheda during May. Craftmark were able to capitalise on the fact that the Green Party were holding their first annual conference in government in Dundalk during the exhibition run in the County Museum. Minister Trevor Sergant and Mary White the Deputy Leader of the Green Party who is also the party spokesperson on Arts and Culture visited the exhibition, and had a chance to meet some of the designer/makers participating in the event.

The Going Green exhibition in Drogheda will also coincide with Craftmark’s Open Studio event, Craft Map. Now in its fifth year Craft Map 2008 will feature 32 designer/makers across Counties Armagh, Down, Louth and Monaghan, and is a popular event in the area. Earlier this year Craftmark ran a seminar entitled ‘Put Yourself on the Map’ which focused on the Open Studio experience and included speakers form the highly successful Spring Fling event in Dumfries and Galloway. Craft Map will run on May 24th and 25th and full details of participating studios will be available on www.craftmark.ie.

In addition to organising exhibition and direct retail opportunities through Craft Map and Going Green, Craftmark took ten designer/makers to the British Craft and Trade Fair in Harrogate, which is the leading trade event for craft in the UK.

Craftmark is a partnership between Craft Design Collective (formerly County Down Crafts) and Louth Craftmark funded by the European Union through the East Border Region Interreg IIIA Partnership.

  • Monaghan
  • LCC
  • MCC
  • Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
  • Ards and North Down Borough Council
  • Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council