Wicklow Minister Simon Harris today launched Wicklow’s Craft Strategy at Russborough House in Blessington.
The Craft Strategy launched today is informed by the extensive consultation carried out by Arts Leaders Associates.
The consultative work in preparation for the strategy identified the sector to be misunderstood and fractured, with precarious working conditions for many craft practitioners, and a lack of suitable workspaces, retail opportunities, visibility and support networks.
It is estimated that there are around 400 active craft practitioners in the county working across a diverse range of techniques, traditions, approaches and raw materials.
The five-year strategy proposes Five Strategic Priorities, and these include a network of Craft Clusters, a county-wide Craft Trail, a new brand for Craft and Design in Wicklow and the appointment of a Craft Liaison Officer.