This summer local artists and designers will have the opportunity to work alongside one of the biggest international names in craft design when the city welcomes renowned American craft designer Boris Bally for a three week residency.
Bally will be leading a unique and exciting workshop opportunity as part of the major contemporary craft initiative titled REclaim/REpurpose which was launched today in Derry, and which is being led by CultureCraft and Derry City Council through the council’s 2014 Legacy Programme and Business Opportunities Programme.
The initiative includes a three week residency by Bally and culminates in a fascinating exhibition of international contemporary craft and applied art.
Legacy Director for Derry City Council Oonagh McGillion said: “We are delighted to welcome Boris Bally to Derry, and his involvement in this project is testament to the real calibre of the craft work which is currently being produced throughout the North West.
“Following on from the success of last year’s CultureCraft exhibition which took place in the London Street Gallery, it’s fantastic to be able to honour our pledge to local craft makers by delivering on our commitment to promote and support their work, and establish a strong cross-border network of artists and designers. This project offers an exciting opportunity to work with one of the most innovative craft designers in the business as well as contribute a unique piece of artwork to the city.”
Curator of the exhibition Seliena Coyle explained the format of the project. “REclaim/ REpurpose provides a unique opportunity for those interested in contemporary craft to gain hands-on experience working in a team scenario under Boris Bally's guidance and instruction whilst contributing to the cultural and physical enhancement of the cityscape.