EXHIBITION OF CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS
As part of Earagail Arts Festival 2016 Creative Coast Donegal produced a unique opportunity to see the creative talent in Donegal. The exhibition took place in an unused commercial space and featured over 50 local artists, across a range of disciplines. The exhibition was curated by Adrian Kelly of the Glebe Gallery.
The Creative Coast initiative from Donegal’s Local Enterprise Office partnered with the Earagail Arts Festival to present a unique exhibition. ‘An Exhibition of Donegal’s Creative Entrepreneurs’ brought together over 50 of the county’s best creative talent, working across a range of disciplines. The exhibition was officially launched on Thursday, 14th July, 2016 at 7pm.
Submissions were sought from anyone working in the creative sector in Donegal. Applications were welcomed across all disciplines, including music, fine art, sculpture, film-making, graphic design, illustration, fashion design, ceramics and wood-turning. Participating artists were invited to take over an unused commercial unit on Letterkenny’s Justice Walsh Road, turning the space into a hub of creativity and contemporary design.
Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise at Donegal’s LEO says exhibitions like this form a key part of the LEO’s Strategic Action Plan For Creative Entrepreneurship in Donegal: “One of our main goals are to facilitate networking opportunities for creatives in Donegal to help grow the sector, so partnering with the Earagail Arts Festival was a natural fit for us. The creative sector is of huge importance to the Donegal economy, particularly when you consider that a 2015 ‘Economic Baseline Study’, found the creative sector employs over 75,000 people and is worth €4.6 billion to the national economy. The exhibition included live demonstrations by participating artists.