Craftmark launch

24 January 2008

Craftmark presents ‘Going Green’ an exhibition of Craft, Applied Art and Design at Space CRAFT Shop/Gallery/Exhibition Area, up the escalator at The Fountain Centre, College Street, Belfast, from Friday 1st February 2008 to Saturday 1st March 2008. Craftmark is part financed by the European Union through the Interreg IIIA Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by the East Border Region Interreg IIIA Partnership.

The Preview will take place on Thursday 31st January 2008 from 6pm to 8pm at Space CRAFT, when ‘Going Green’ will be officially opened by Hazel Campbell, Head of Arts and Creativity, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. Other speakers include Councillor Jackie Crowe, Chairman of the East Border Region Interreg IIIA Partnership, Joe Kelly, Director, Craft Northern Ireland and Ronan Dennedy, Chief Executive, Louth County Enterprise Board.

Including one-off pieces and limited edition series in ceramics, jewellery, mixed media, textiles and wood this new exhibition, organised by Craftmark the cross-border partnership between County Down Crafts and Louth Craftmark, is a great opportunity to view and purchase work inspired by the participating Artist/Designer/Makers very personal interpretations of the theme ‘Going Green’ and includes a ceramic oval form with indentations inspired by algae filled rock pools by Frances Lambe and a series of rings representing the green, white and orange of the Irish flag by Garvan Traynor (both pieces are illustrated above).

A limited edition catalogue has been produced to coincide with the exhibition.

Green primarily refers to the colour green.

Green is the symbol of Ireland, which is often referred to as ‘the Emerald Isle’. The colour is particularly identified with the republican and nationalist traditions in modern times. It is used this way on the flag of the Republic of Ireland, in balance with white and the protestant orange.

Green is the colour symbolising earth, nature and the outdoors

Green is used to mean environmentally friendly

· Artist/Designer/Makers were invited to submit work for the ‘Going Green’ Exhibition in accordance with a brief: What is your response to the phrase ‘Going Green’?

· 32 submissions were received

· A ion Panel was convened made up of Megan Johnston, Manager and Head Curator of the Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, County Armagh and Síle O’Sullivan, Arts Officer, the Basement Gallery, Dundalk, County Louth

· 13 Artist/Designer/Makers were chosen…

The exhibition continues in Space CRAFT until Saturday 1st March 2008. It then tours to The County Museum, Jocelyn Street, Dundalk, County Louth from Friday 27th March 2008 to Wednesday 16th April 2008.

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