GET IRELAND MAKING - New Creative Project Launched by DCCI

Posted 03.04.20

New creative project launched to bring the skills and talents of Ireland’s craftspeople and designers into the homes of communities and families

 

Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) has launched Get Ireland Making, a new series of online workshops and activities. Involving Ireland’s designers, makers and the public, this new programme is supported by Creative Ireland and Healthy Ireland. Get Ireland Making is part of a Government-led inter-agency initiative. This was announced earlier today by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D. and Minister for Heritage, Culture and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D.

This new creative project aims to engage the public and the design and craft community. It focuses on  activities designed to support well-being and build resilience. As we all practice social distancing, Get Ireland Making offers a unique opportunity to connect and unite through creativity and craft.

Over the coming weeks, DCCI will work with a team of talented makers and designers to develop a series of online workshops. These will range from how to make musical instruments from recycled materials to a series on jewellery making, appealing to all ages. The initial focus will be on ‘Craft Hacks’ providing ideas for decorating homes across Ireland over the Easter period. These activities will include step-by-step interactive workshops and short video tutorials broadcast on DCCI’s YouTube channel. Details can be found on DCCI’s website at dcci.ie/getirelandmaking and through DCCI’s and Creative Ireland’s social media platforms.

Louise Allen, Head of Innovation and Development Programmes at DCCI, said: “Design & Crafts Council Ireland is delighted to be part of this Government-led initiative. It’s a wonderful way to support the areas of culture and creativity during these challenging times. Get Ireland Making aims to bring the skills and talents of Ireland’s craftspeople and designers directly into our homes. Now is a pivotal time to honour and celebrate the wealth of creative talent we have and the contribution that the design and craft sector makes to Ireland’s economy, culture and mental well-being.”

A broad range of craft disciplines, including weaving, printing, basket making, ceramics and much more will be covered during these exciting, immersive sessions. RTÉ will support the promotion of these activities also through www.rte.ie/culture and its social media channels using #createdontcontaminate. Full details are available at dcci.ie/getirelandmaking

Commenting on this new programme, Rosemary Steen, Chief Executive of Design & Crafts Council Ireland, said: “In addition to helping our communities, Get Ireland Making will assist in providing some much-needed income for DCCI’s clients and members over the coming weeks. This initiative is one of a number of programmes we have introduced in response to COVID-19. We would like to thank the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland who support our work in sustaining and developing the vibrant sector we are so proud to represent.”

Visit: dcci.ie/getirelandmaking for more details.

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Hashtags: #GetIrelandMaking #CreateAtHome #CreateDontContaminate #stayathome #lockdown #covid19

Get Ireland Making is supported by Creative Ireland and Healthy Ireland.

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For further press information, please contact:

Design & Crafts Council Ireland: Susan Brindley, DCCI Head of Public Affairs and Communications, susan@dcci.ie or on 087 859 5013

FleishmanHillard Dublin: Aoife Kelly (aoife.kelly@fleishmaneurope.com or 087 410 1818) or Michelle Lynch (michelle.lynch@fleishmaneurope.com or 087 968 9016)

About Design & Crafts Council Ireland
Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) is the national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers, stimulating innovation, championing design thinking and informing Government policy. DCCI's activities are funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCI currently has 59 member organisations and more than 3,000 registered clients. dcci.ie

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