LIMERICK Craft Hub is reaching out to the public in its “hour of need” and has issued an appeal for €14,000 to help maintain the service.
The one-year anniversary of the opening of the craft hub on Cecil Street is approaching, after a limited amount of funding was made available to it as a legacy project under Limerick City of Culture.
The non-for-profit organisation supports and promotes 50 local crafts people, and in addition to its shop at the front, there is also a studio and gallery space to the rear of the premises.
“The hub needs to upgrade urgently,” explained its manager Clare Jordan, an artist herself. “The hub badly needs a new till system, bigger kiln, laptops for the marketing team and coffee machine for all who come in to enjoy the creative atmosphere.
“The new till system will mean that the sales staff can serve its national and international visitors with ease. The new bigger kiln will be opened up to the public. It is hoped that the Hub can provide a much needed service for graduates of Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick College of Further Education and local ceramists or people who just have a love for clay. The Hub is excited to have more room for expansion, fun and creativity,” she explained.
“We want to continue the excitement and new burst of life that Limerick City of Culture brought to the people of Limerick.”
The crowd sourcing campaign is being held on Indiegogo.com and was launched on Tuesday last. Along with every donation given, people will receive an accompanying ‘perk’ of various handmade in Limerick crafts. For instance, for a €5 contribution you will receive one free Ponaire coffee, or a pot of award-winning Galtee honey for a €10 donation.
At the time of writing just over €350 had been raised in nine days - only three per cent of their fundraising target, but there are 30 days left to support the hub.