Arts Minister Carál Ní Chuilín opens August Craft Month exhibition
Arts Minister Carál Ní Chuilín officially opened Craft NI’s new exhibition, A White, A Blue, A Yellow, Red Poetry by Jeremy Reed, as part of August Craft Month 2011.
Speaking during the opening, the Minister said: “The creative sector in the north of Ireland has the capability to contribute significantly to our economy and in attracting tourists to these shores. I welcome the opportunity to experience first hand the work of our local craft businesses and see for myself how they contribute to the creative sector as a whole."
During the launch the Minister viewed the works in glass, ceramics and jewellery from international names in contemporary craft. The pieces were all selected to be accompanied by poems from Jeremy Reed, one of the most dynamic, adventurous and controversial poets.
Continuing the Minister said: “The creative industries are recognised across the globe for their potential for job and wealth creation and that is why my Department is investing £4million, through the Creative Industries Innovation Fund and other initiatives , over the next four years to support this key growth sector for the region.
“A key aim of the Executive is to rebuild and rebalance our economy. We can do this by stimulating innovation, R&D and creativity to drive export focused growth. Almost 36,000 people are employed across the north in the creative industries or in creative occupations. This vibrant sector has huge potential and can have significant spill-over impact into other business areas such as manufacturing and tourism.”
The exhibition, entitled A White, A Blue, A Yellow, Red, is a touring exhibition and includes the work of five outstanding international craftspeople, including the jeweller Grainne Morton who is originally from Lurgan.
In conclusion the Minister thanked everyone involved in supporting August Craft Month and Craft NI in bringing together the great number of events and activities on offer. She said: “I hope that the 2011 August Craft month programme will inspire people to learn more about the craft tradition and the many talented practitioners that we have here in the north.”