Calling Waterford designers and makers to express their interest to participate in an exhibition of creative excellence in 2022. Creative Waterford and Waterford Local Enterprise Office are coming together to showcase the excellent work of designers and makers in our city and county.  Potential exhibitors are now asked to put forward an expression of interest by submitting images of their work by February 1st 2022.

Exhibition curator Vincent O’Shea is a highly experienced project manager and curator. He has worked with, mentored and provided training for makers throughout Ireland. While working with the Crafts Council of Ireland he established the National Craft Collection in partnership with the National Museum of Ireland. Vincent will work closely with selected designers and makers to ensure their work is exhibited to the highest standards.

Brid Kirby, Senior Enterprise Development Officer with Local Enterprise Office Waterford, noted Waterford has an abundance of quality designers and makers.  “We want to provide an opportunity for creatives to showcase their work.  Profiling and showcasing are so important for craft businesses, now, more than ever, in light of the last few challenging years.”

Creative Waterford Coordinator, Katherine Collins, said, “We are particularly interested in finding out how sense of place, particularly of Waterford, enhances concept and creativity.  Perhaps locality, the coast or mountains are part of that, or it might be something more indefinable. There are wonderful crafts coming out of our county and it is essential that we celebrate and promote our designers and makers”

Details of the call for expressions of interest are available on Creative Waterford social media and at Closing date for applications is February 1st 2022.

Creative Waterford is part of the Creative Ireland Programme. Harnessing the creative potential of our people and communities is a cornerstone of the Creative Ireland Programme. The Waterford City and County Council Culture and Creativity Team brings together local expertise in areas such as arts, heritage, libraries, enterprise and community engagement, to foster collaboration and spark new initiatives.

Image Credit: Enamelled Copper Bowl by Gwen Dunne

Waterford designers and makers exhibition 2022 expression of interest now open

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