The Westport Music and Arts Festival (Westival) is seeking submissions.
This year’s theme is ‘The Art Of Living’, which seeks to celebrate the wonder that lives in the cracks of our daily lives. It also looks to engage with that ubiquitous phrase ‘ the cost of living’, which is impacting so many of us today. How does this increased pressure affect our creative lives, and can we still find the space to be inspired?
While we welcome submissions across all genres, priority will be given to workshops and community-driven projects.
We are particularly encouraging applications from those currently underrepresented in the arts, including but not limited to artists of colour, artists who identify as LGBTQI+, artists with disabilities, migrants, and members of the Traveller community.
The deadline to apply is May 31st @5pm, and artists can apply here –
Where: St Patrick Centre, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.
When: 8-11 June 2023 (Thursday to Sunday).
Who: Celtic artists, craftspeople and scholars from the USA, Canada, Scotland, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland speaking about their work, displaying artworks and doing demonstrations.
‘Stitching the Community Together’ is an art-based, intergenerational programme centred around the medium of wool and knitting that is supported through the Creativity in Older Age Scheme.
Also on display is Future Tapestry, a newly commissioned virtual reality artwork which is an artistic response to the current state of sheep farming and wool production in Ireland. Directed and produced by John Conway and written by Aisling Byrne, with visuals by NOHO Dublin.
The event is on the 26th & 27th of May, from 10 AM – 4 PM in the Luisne Centre, McAuley Place, Naas, Co. Kildare.
The Dovecote Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland, has a colourful exhibition of Kaffe Fassett’s work.
Kaffe Fassett is one of the most successful artists and designers working in contemporary craft today. His career spans over 50 years, with a prolific oeuvre encompassing knitting, needlepoint, mosaic, quilting, textile design, painting and drawing. His books and projects have encouraged millions to make and create, with his designs being used and interpreted by quilters around the globe.
Future Makers is a Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) initiative which recognises talent, potential and creativity. It aims to support the next generation of makers, designers and craftspeople to take the step from training into an enterprise. Divided into student and emerging practitioner categories and covering a wide range of disciplines, it is one of the largest prize-funded award programmes in Europe.
Note: Future Makers is the qualifying competition for the annual RDS Craft Awards, which provides 5 x €10,000 awards to makers at a formative stage in their careers. These five significant awards are for developing business and craft skills for those pursuing a professional career in the sector.
The Galway Wool Co-op is holding an art exhibition on the 22nd of July at their annual Meitheal in Althenry, Galway.
They invite artists, designers, and crafters in Ireland to engage with the themes and concepts that connect the Galway Sheep breed to the Irish landscape. The Co-op aims to creatively enrich the knowledge of Ireland’s authentic sheep breed with a wider audience.
Submissions are now open. Collaborative pieces are welcome. You will be able to sell your work – there’s no commission fee.
To participate, please DM via Instagram* @michellehickeyart by midnight 31st of May. She will email you the details.
Where to get Galway Wool? This Irish-raised wool fibre can be obtained from Donegal Yarns. It is 7.50 euro, per kilo. If that is too large an amount, perhaps folks can pool together? To purchase, call Donegal Yarns at +353 (0)749738055
*If you are ~not~ on Instagram, please email Feltmakers Ireland member Juliane for further info.
Please be ready to sell the book and hand out business cards for potential guild members.
Please be ready to talk about feltmaking. Demonstrations are welcome!
You are welcome to display your own felted works on the walls.
If desired, you can sell your felted works.
If you have hands-on activities, you can charge for kits.
Volunteer shifts will be for three-hour blocks: from 11 AM to 2 PM and 2 PM to 5 PM.
We will need two demonstrators and one helper per shift.
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your shift in order to have time to set up.
Note: We will not be able to drive to our spot at Bloom. People must transport their work and equipment by foot from the car park. Cars are only allowed during the first and last day of the event. Along with the usual public transport, there will be a free shuttle from Heuston Station to Bloom.
Game of Shrooms is a once-a-year, worldwide art-N-seek event created by Attaboy. The next Game of Shrooms happens on June 10th, 2023. On that day, artists from all over the world hide their original mushroom-themed artworks in public places. Then, they give hints (often on social media) for others to find AND KEEP!
Benchspace, Cork Craft & Design, Sample-Studios and Shandon Art Studios host over 50 art, design and craft events, exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, screenings and markets, at Cork’s Counting House.
When: 19-21st of May.
A free event, although some things do need to be booked.