A ‘Crafty’ Partnership for Northern Ireland and Cork

Northern Ireland silversmith Claire Mooney and Cork ceramic and glass artist Bernadette Tuite are the first artists to take part in a collaboration between Cork Craft & Design and Craft Northern Ireland (NI).

These selected members from each of the organisations are visiting the other’s region and exhibiting their work there this month. This is part of the craft months currently running in both locations.

Claire produces heirloom objects that reflect natural landscapes and traditions. Her most recent collection, Rocky Hill Collection, is inspired by the dry stone walls of Mournes, Co. Down.

Her work will be on display at Cork Craft & Design’s Showcase Exhibition in Ballydehob this month. With this year’s exhibition focused on sustainability, the theme is a perfect fit for Claire. Her beautiful work will also be sold at Cork Craft & Design’s store in Douglas.

Simultaneously, multi-award-winning artist and Chair of Cork Craft & Design, Bernadette Tuite will be showcasing her work at Craft NI’s Unlocked exhibition. At its gallery on Royal Avenue, Belfast, Unlocked is showcasing pieces of work by makers inspired by the recent lockdown. The theme can relate to work created during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, or any other way that makers may interpret it.

Bernadette’s stunning ceramic pieces, inspired from the ocean, will also be sold at Craft NI’s Gallery in Belfast City.

This collaboration of Cork Craft & Design and Craft Northern Ireland is an incredible celebration of Irish craft. You won’t want to miss it.