Craft Hub International Opening Conference

Craft Hub – International Opening Conference  Inspired by Heritage, Creativity & Connectivity 21st April 2021

Craft Hub Partners are pleased to announce the launch conference for the Craft Hub Project.

The opening conference will focus on 3 pillars of sharing best practice and practical advice in the form of creativity, heritage and connectivity and inform participants how they can actively engage and benefit from the Craft Hub Project. Craft Hub is a European project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme focused on Craft in the context of cultural heritage and its continuing relevance in contemporary practice. 

The project activities involve investigating and documenting craft skills and processes; their differing application in creative practice across Europe; and questions of cultural specificity & individual motivations of practitioners. This will be addressed through a comprehensive and exciting program to allow the creation of new craft work/experimental investigations into process and material supported by 42 transnational maker residencies, 305 days of outreach work, 1 festival, 7 exhibitions and 2 conferences.

Find out more about the project, as partners, stakeholders and participants of the project share their wealth of knowledge and experience in this interactive opening conference.

The two hour launch conference will take place on the 21st April 2021

Please note your timezone:

12noon-2pm (Ireland/Scotland/Wales/Portugal)

1pm-3pm (Germany / Italy / Denmark / Norway )

2pm-4pm (Greece)

Register for free for the event now HERE. Once registered participants will receive a confirmation and a zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event

Please note that this event will be recorded. 

For any enquiries please email: or call +353 59 9129783 

12 noon

Welcome by MC Noel Davidson & Lorraine Bohan–   Entrepreneurs Academy (Dublin, Ireland)


Welcome to Craft Hub by Kieran Comerford – Head   of Economic Development & Enterprise – Carlow County Council – Lead   Partner


Opening Address by Walter Zampieri DG Education   and Culture  Head of Unit: Cultural diversity and innovation – European Commission


Formal Welcome (TBC)


Inspiring Creativity Panel

The Inspiring Creativity Panel will discuss the   creativity process and each panellist will share a presentation on what   inspires them in their creative process and what advice they would give to   people in the creative process. Presentations from each of the panellists  will be followed by a facilitated discussion and questions and answers from   the participants.

 Panel Members:

  • Dr Shelley Doolan (Wales) - Senior Research Fellow, Research in design and applied arts, development of research clusters, partnerships and proposals.
  • Gunhild Vatn Associate Professor - Faculty of Technology, Art and Design Department of Art, Design and Drama Head of Studies - Oslo Met.
  • Robert Wiley - Assistant Professor FCT NOVA & Research Unit VICARTE - Vido e Ceramica para as Artes (Glass and Ceramic for the Arts)

Further Panellists to be announced shortly. 


Living in Heritage Panel

The Living in Heritage Panel will discuss the importance of heritage and how heritage inspires the craft process. Presentations from each of the panellists will be followed by a facilitated discussion and questions and answers from the   participants.

  • Dipl- Des Markus Kleine ACR (Germany) - Head of Stained Glass conservation - Glasmaleri Peter Studios
  • Marcia Vilarigues - Assistant Profession and Head of Conservation Department at FCT NOVA.
  • Hannah McAndrew (Maker) (Scotland)

Further panellist to be announced shortly.


Connecting Europe  Panel

The Connecting Europe Panel will discuss how various EU projects have brought together many people from different fields   to make a difference by working across the EU. The panel will include project experts and participants from a variety of EU Projects followed by a facilitated discussion and questions and answers from the participants.

  •   Apostolina Tsaltampasi,   CEO of OECON GROUP (Greece)
  •   Evita STAVROU, Artist   (Greece)
  •   Chryssa Vlachopoulou (Project Manager)   European Creative Hubs Network (Italy)
  •   Nikola Tomic – European Projects Manager – Design   & Crafts Council of Ireland (Ireland)
  •   Arild Berg - Professor - Faculty of Technology,   Art and Design Department of Product Design (Norway)


Your Craft Hub Opportunity

This presentation will inform the participants of   how they can engage with the Craft Hub Project and how to apply for the   aspects of the project.

  •   Dr Shelley Doolan (Wales) - Senior Research Fellow – University of Wales
  •   Kieran Comerford – Head of Economic Development & Enterprise – Carlow County Council – Local Enterprise Office (Ireland)


Closing Words by Kathleen Holohan – Chief   Executive – Carlow County Council (Ireland)


Summary & Close

To Book Your Place Visit: Craft Hub - Inspired by Creativity , Heritage & Connectivity Tickets, Wed 21 Apr 2021 at 12:00 | Eventbrite or queries to 059/9129783 or e-mail