A new ‘Made Local’ photography exhibition has been launched at Cork Airport

19 different artists now have their work displayed.

Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) last week launched a new Made Local photography exhibition at Cork Airport. The photography exhibition, which displays 19 selected makers and their work, is one of many ongoing DCCI Made Local initiatives.

With makers from Cork and across the South of Ireland, this exhibition celebrates the variety, quality and sustainability of highly crafted and personal products that are made all over Ireland.

The exhibition will be on display for 18 months and aims to inspire those who arrive at Ireland’s southern gateway to visit and explore Ireland’s rich craft and design sector. Made up of 38 images, the exhibition represents 19 craftspeople from ten counties across an array of disciplines and stories.

Photography by Brian Lougheed

The makers featured are from Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Carlow, Clare, Laois, Kilkenny, Wexford, Tipperary and Waterford. Among the makers are Claire Morgan of McWilliam Bags and ceramicist Orla O’Regan from Cork, as well as Rory Leadbetter of Jerpoint Glass Studio in Kilkenny and Eugene and Anke McKernan of McKernan Woollen Mills in Clare.

All the makers are part of DCCI’s Made Local campaign in which its message – Made Local, Made to Last – reminds us that unlike fast, disposable goods, Made Local products are enduring, due to the deep levels of craftsmanship and the emotional connections they evoke.

Speaking about the launch, Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment, Simon Coveney T.D, said:

“It’s great to see such an important exhibition come to life and even better to see it in Cork. The craft and design sector plays a huge role in Brand Ireland and the Design & Crafts Council Ireland’s Made Local campaign is a fantastic driver of it. The exhibition will present a warm welcome to passengers travelling to and from Ireland as they pass through Cork Airport.

It is sure to inspire people to explore nearby makers and craftspeople. With sustainability at the core of many of these Irish products and processes, it is a reminder that tradition and progress are not mutually exclusive and together contribute to Ireland’s strength economically and culturally.“

Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport said: “We are thrilled with this partnership with Design & Craft Council of Ireland, showcasing the work of local craftspeople and helping preserve and promote local craft tradition. Everything we do at Cork Airport is about connecting our region with the world and celebrating the best of our region. This new exhibition will keep our arrivals area fresh and interesting, whilst promoting the best of Irish craft and design.“

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