August Craft Month showcases top talent at Strule Arts Centre.  

28th July 2022

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Padraig Drugan Eternal Bubbles earthenware h 50cm w 35cm

The final preparations are being put in place at Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, for the annual celebration of August Craft Month 2022 which this year will showcase two exceptional craftsmen, Des Cullen and Padraig Drugan.   

August Craft Month 2022 is an initiative that showcases summer craft events and talented makers across the island of Ireland through a partnership with Craft NI, the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and Cork Craft and Design.   

Des Cullen is a creative artist currently living and working in Manorhamilton, North Leitrim and works primarily with stone. He will display an extraordinary collection of sculptural forms called ‘Flow/Fold’ where his talents and inspiration are reflected through his understanding of how ‘spirit’ or ‘energy’ flows and folds in nature.  

Also exhibiting is London-based Padraig Drugan, a ceramic artist from Fermanagh who will present his collection called ‘Curved Earth’, an exhibition of sensuous forms and figures. Through inspiration from nature and organic forms, Padraig shapes clay into curvaceous forms and figures that evoke a feeling of sensuous movement.  

Padraig’s work varies from one-off hand-built pieces to a series of decorated forms and figures made within plaster moulds and his work has featured in exhibitions in London, Dublin, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and New York.  

Des will talk about his featured work at the opening of the exhibition on Thursday 4 August 2022 at 7pm in Strule Arts Centre.  The exhibition will be on display until Saturday 28 August 2022 from 9.30am to 5pm and admission is free.  

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