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Celebrating the revival of Lace-making in Headford

The Headford Lace Project has just announced an exciting collaboration with internationally-renowned artist, Róisín de Buitléar as part of their Galway 2020 Small Town’s Big Ideas’ project.

Members of the Headford community are invited to join Róisín at the LACE MATRIX workshop, to create a permanent artwork for the town that will honour its lacemaking tradition. The artwork will take Róisín four months to complete and will be a permanent outdoor work for Headford.

Three workshops will take place this March to explore ideas around how, where and what this public artwork should be, giving the people of Headford a creative voice in the process.

The Headford Lace Project was established in 2016 following Headford’s Galway 2020 Pilot Project for Small Towns Big Ideas, The Nesting Lark. The Headford Lace Project actively works to research, revive and reimagine the town’s lacemaking heritage, uncovering and sharing Headford’s lost lace history using art, music and community-led projects. Through imaginative hands-on events, shared experiences and inclusivity, it seeks to develop a cultural identity for Headford, rooted in its lacemaking story.

“Galway 2020 is delighted to be supporting the Headford Lace Project as part of our Small Towns Big Ideas programme.  It is an exciting demonstration of how a small town with big ideas can celebrate its unique identity and create a lasting legacy for future generations.”

Kate Howard, Cultural Producer, Galway 2020 said: “Galway 2020 is delighted to be supporting the Headford Lace Project as part of our Small Towns Big Ideas programme.  It is an exciting demonstration of how a small town with big ideas can celebrate its unique identity and create a lasting legacy for future generations.”

“I am thrilled to have been selected for this public art commission,” says artist Róisín de Buitléar. “I have been delving into the history of lace since I studied at art college, as lace making is also part of my family history. My mother is from Connemara and so being involved with Small Town Big Ideas in Co Galway is special for me. I’m really looking forward to working with the people of Headford and the Headford Lace Project to develop contemporary ideas around lace traditions for LACE MATRIX. When you think that people were growing flax, spinning linen threads, making and exporting lace from Headford from the 1700’s, it’s a testimony to their enterprising spirit,” she adds.

 

The workshops, which take place on 16, 22 and 23 March, are as follows:

Snow pLACE – Saturday 16 March, Anglers Rest Hotel, Headford 10am to 1pm.

Common pLACE – Friday 22 March, Anglers Rest Hotel, Headford 10am to 1pm.

pLACE Making – Saturday 23rd March, Anglers Rest Hotel, Headford 10am to 1pm.

 

There will also be an opportunity to meet with members of the Headford Lace Project at the Cottage Market, Headford on St Patrick’s Day to learn more about this exciting collaboration.

Workshops are free, but booking is essential via headfordlace@gmail.com.  No art experience is necessary.


LACE MATRIX is one of 51 Small Towns Big Ideas projects – a Galway 2020 programme that shines a light on and supports community projects throughout Galway County and City. To find out more about the project, go to the Headford Lace Project website.

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