240 West of Ireland creative businesses part of international network

600 creative businesses showcased on MyCreativeEdge.eu

600 creative practitioners are now showcasing their work on the www.MyCreativeEdge.eu website.  “With 94,000 visits to the site since its launch in June 2013, there’s clearly a very strong appetite for the Western Region’s unique creativity,” according to Pauline White, project co-ordinator with the Western Development Commission (WDC).

MyCreativeEdge.eu, the ‘Creative Showcase for Europe’s Northern Edge’ features creative work from the West of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Sweden and Finland; with businesses from Iceland joining soon.  The vibrancy of the Western Region’s creative sector is clear, with 40% of all MyCreativeEdge profiles featuring Irish creative entrepreneurs.

Already, 240 creative practitioners from the West of Ireland have published their free MyCreativeEdge profile.  Examples include AirmidSoap from Clare, Matt Jones Woodturner from Sligo and Bríd Kivneen from Mayo.  Also featured are Frances Crowe Tapestry Artist based in Roscommon, Donegal-based Shelagh Dwyer Linocuts, Leitrim-based Mulholland Jewellery and  Turnstone Pottery from Galway, among many others.   With a new digital marketing campaign kicking off next year, this is a great time for West of Ireland based creatives to register and create their free online profile.

“If you’re looking for unique and local Christmas gift ideas this year, you’ll discover crafters of ceramics, toys, glass and home accessories, as well as visual artists, jewellers, photographers and fashion designers of all types on www.MyCreativeEdge.eu,” added Ms. White.

MyCreativeEdge.eu is funded through a creative momentum project.  This €2m EU Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme co-funded project is led by the WDC, with partner organisations including NUI Galway and partners from Northern Ireland, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.

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For more information contact:

Pauline White, a creative momentum project co-ordinator, WDC, 086 832 8055 paulinewhite@wdc.ie

 

Note for Editors:

a creative momentum project is a three-year (2015-2018) transnational project with a total budget of €2m.  It is co-funded by the EU Interreg Northern Periphery & Arctic (NPA) Programme 2014-2020.  The NPA is a cooperation between nine programme partner countries; Finland, Ireland, Sweden, the United Kingdom (Scotland and Northern Ireland), Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Norway. The NPA 2014-2020 is part of the European Territorial Cooperation Objective, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and ERDF equivalent funding from non EU partner countries.

a creative momentum project is operated by six partner organisations:

1.       Western Development Commission (WDC), Ireland

2.       National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), Ireland

3.       North East Iceland Cultural Council, Iceland

4.       Armagh City, Craigavon and Banbridge Borough Council, Northern Ireland

5.       Technichus Mid-Sweden Ltd, Sweden

6.       Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Finland

 

It is being implemented in five regions:

1.       North East Iceland

2.       Mid-Sweden

3.       Northern Finland (Lapland, North Ostrobothnia)

4.       South East of Northern Ireland (Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, Ards & North Down Borough Council, and Newry, Mourne & Down District Council areas)

5.       West of Ireland (Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Mayo, Galway and Clare)

a creative momentum project was officially launched on 29 October 2015 http://www.mycreativeedge.eu/launch-of-a-creative-momentum-project/

The Western Development Commission (WDC) is the statutory body promoting economic and social development in the Western Region (counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Mayo, Galway and Clare).  Its strategic goals are:

·         To inform policy-making on economic and social development in the Western Region through high quality analysis.

·         To promote the benefits of living, working and doing business in the Western Region.

·         To encourage the development of the rural economy based on the sustainable development of the Western Region’s strengths and resources.

·         To provide risk capital to micro, small and medium sized and social enterprises in their start-up and expansion phases through the WDC Investment Fund (WIF).

www.wdc.ie