Derry City Council is hosting the LegenDerry August Craft Month to celebrate local contemporary craft in the city. The four-week creative programme of events and workshops is being organised to coincide with August Craft Month that is taking place across Northern Ireland.
A comprehensive listings guide has been compiled by Derry City Council as part of its Craft Development Programme to highlight the extensive range of craft-related activities taking place during August, providing the perfect opportunity to showcase and promote the local craft industry to a wider audience. The Craft Development Programme is part-funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Development Fund under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.
Key highlights of the month include a “re-purposed objects” exhibition at the CultureCraft Exhibition at Ebrington, a series of Make My Monday workshops and a wealth of other masterclasses and lectures.
Welcoming the programme, Mayor Cllr Brenda Stevenson said she was overwhelmed at the scale of the number of events organised.
“The LegenDerry Craft Month schedule of events and activities is hugely impressive. There is everything from international craft designers hosting masterclasses to fashion workshops, opportunities for would-be jewellery designers to learn the skill as well as millinery classes and arts funding advice sessions. There is something for everyone who is interested in learning a new skill or hobby or who is looking to get advice on how to develop their craft industry or talent. I would encourage the wider public to take a look at the programme and come along to some of the many events that are taking place,” she said.
She added that the project is very much in keeping with the Council’s long-term commitment to supporting small indigenous industries and providing support and opportunities for the craft sector.
Deirdre Harte, Craft Development Officer with Derry City Council said a lot of work has gone into putting the programme together to ensure all sections of craft development opportunities were included.
“When putting the LegenDerry August Craft Month programme together we were very keen to offer a programme that looked at all aspects of craft development with a good balance of free and paid for events. We are delighted to have attracted international craft designers such as Boris Bally travelling to the city to take part and to have so many local craft producers taking time out of their schedules to give us an insight into how they are making a success of their chosen industry.”
Among the events taking part is the CultureCraft 2014/REclaim/Repurpose project to showcase the best of craft making under the curatorship of Seliena Coyle. It includes a three week residency “Reclaim the Streets” with American craft designer Boris Bally who will work with a team of selected makers, students and locals to design and create a collection of street furniture at the 4rS Recycling Centre. It will also include a contemporary craft and art exhibition featuring the work of 10 international artists at the Stables in Ebrington from 1st to 31st August and four day masterclasses as well as lectures with three of the leading artists.
One of the key highlights of the month is the ‘Make My Monday’ workshops, offering a great way for local people and visitors to try a new skill or perfect an existing one with the help of experts from a variety of craft industries including printing and felting, ceramics and jewellery. They take place every Monday and are free to the public but most require advance booking. The first ‘Make My Monday’ workshop on 4th August is a drop-in session between 1pm to 4pm at the DocPot studio off Pump Street where you can create some pottery and have a go at throwing a pot on the wheel.
Other events of interest include a series of ‘Craft for Fashion’ workshops, Paverpol Sculpture workshops, the new Thomas School of Jewellery, Gasyard Fashion Show, pop-up craft shop and FabLab open days.
Full details of the progamme are available at www.derrycity.gov.uk/crafts.