New creative project launched by DCCI as part of the Government’s “Keep Well” Campaign

The “Keep Well” campaign is part of the Government’s Plan for Living with COVID-19 to promote individual and community resilience. DCCI will focus on the campaign’s strand ‘Switching off and Being Creative’. This programme encourages people at home to ‘switch off, be creative, and to learn something new’. It offers people of all ages and abilities an opportunity to engage with a series of online creative activities, and onsite activities at public locations (where possible within COVID-19 guidelines) all designed to promote wellbeing and resilience during COVID-19.

For further information, please contact: Caroline Loughman on caroline@dcci.ie or Mary Whelan on maryw@dcci.ie.

For more information about this initiative visit www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/healthy-ireland.

Keep an eye on DCCI social media pages (@dccireland) for workshops that you can follow along and learn how to make something new and check out our YouTube playlist to watch all videos.

Design a Collar, Ruff or Cuffs

Collars, ruffs, lunula and torcs are universal forms of adornment that have been worn for generations. DCCI is inviting you to design a collar that is wearable, creative, inventive, innovative & contemporary in design, it can be made from any material i.e. silk, wool, cotton, linen, paper, wire, metal etc. or combined materials and can be created in any discipline utilising any techniques, be handcrafted or created using digital technologies.

Collaborations will be accepted i.e. a glass artist working with a lace maker; a basket maker with a milliner; a metalsmith with a feltmaker... the possibilities are endless. All entries will feature in an online exhibition, on DCCI's social channels and on the DCCI website Keep Well page. Collars must be photographed on a plain black background and submitted with the completed application form. Application deadline: 30 April.

Apply here

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Keep Well Campaign Press Releases

Read press releases on the Keep Well campaign below:

Ireland’s makers bring their talents directly into homes and communities across country

History in the making: Galway community project draws inspiration from lace-making heritage

‘Spoonville’ project dishes out welcome relief for stir-crazy kids and parents during lockdown

DCCI Keep Well Campaign Partners 

The Keep Well Campaign will run until March 2020. DCCI campaign partners include Sláintecare / Healthy Ireland (Dept of Health), Pobail. Delivery of the programme will be via libraries nationwide, supported by the LGMA (the state agency that provides a range of professional services to local authorities.