Carlow students have the chance to take part in creative workshops
Secondary schools in County Carlow have the opportunity to engage and immerse their students in the creative industries with new school workshops offered by County Carlow Council’s Local Business Office as part of Craft Hub.
Craft Hub is an EU-funded Creative Europe program which aims to foster the professional development of creative careers and their work across borders, reach new European audiences and develop innovative artistic models designed to help strengthen and to support the arts and culture sectors here in Ireland.
The program is available to all post-primary schools in County Carlow.
Four local artisans will lead 60-minute workshops where they will share the story of how they started and grew their craft business and what excites them about craftsmanship.
Jewelery and silversmithing, felting and ceramics workshops are available from November 2022 to March 2023 and will be offered at the school. Local creatives involved in the project include Emma Jane Champley (jewelry and silversmith), Leiko Uchiyama (felter), Mary Bourke (jeweler and silversmith) and Martin Marley (designer and ceramicist).
These seminars would be beneficial for students who are interested in crafts and starting their own business. Students will learn creative habits and develop new craft skills. The seminars will create space to inspire and promote innovation while encouraging community and collaboration.
Speaking about the workshops, Brian O’Donoghue, Cathaoirleach with Carlow County Council said: “I encourage our pupils and teachers to get involved in this project. These workshops are part of our strategy in this EU project which will also include provisions to create training and education content and resources which will be published and made available free of charge. Workshops with local schools will bring craftsmanship to a new, young audience, develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of craftsmanship in a wider audience, and ensure that craftsmanship knowledge stays alive for generations to come. “.
Séamus Doran, Deputy Director of Economic and Business Development at the Local Enterprise Office, added: “Craft Hub has opened up huge collaborative opportunities across Europe for creative people at Carlow. These workshops bring the benefits of Craft Hub into the classrooms in Carlow and hopefully inspire some of our local students to consider careers in the creative sector”.
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