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Lily Lolly Craftfest

June 12, 2015 - June 20, 2015

Orla Kiely

The Lily Lolly Craftfest invites you to celebrate the legacy of Susan and Elizabeth Yeats affectionately known as Lily and Lolly. The festival provides an opportunity to learn more about the history of craft in Ireland and encourages participants to increase their skills through a series of craft workshops. We promote artists and craft workers in the region through a series of exhibitions. The festival strives to build Sligo’s tourism offering, making Sligo a hub for art and craft in Ireland.

The festival will be opened on June 12th at 5pm in the Yeats Memorial Building by renowned designer Orla Kiely and runs for eight days until June 20th.

Lily and Lolly published many of the great Irish writers of their time including their brother W.B. through their printing company Cuala Press. Elizabeth authored a number of books on how to paint flowers using watercolours. They created tapestries and carpets which were highly regarded internationally. The Lily Lolly Craftfest is held for 10 days from June 13th to coincide with their brother WB Yeats birthday celebration in Sligo. It is a celebration of art and craft in Sligo town and county. There will be emphasis on needlecraft, bookmaking and watercolours during this years festival.

The volunteer committee include; Catherine Fanning, Martina Hamilton, Megan Johnston, Matt Jones, Jackie McMullen and Ursula O’Shea. We are linked to the following organisations Yeats Day, Yeats Society International, Sligo Arts Service, St. Angela’s College, Sligo Education Centre, Made in Sligo Network, Design & Craft Council of Ireland, The Model, IT Sligo and all our host venues.

Programmed activities for the Lily Lolly Craftfest 2015

  • ‘The story of Lily and Lolly Yeats’ written by John Carty will be performed during the festival with readings of W.B. Yeats poetry
  • The Lily Yeats Embroidery Competition – post primary schools
  • Lolly Yeats Print Competition – for third level institutions
  • Exhibition programme to include textiles, fine art print, painting and bookmaking.
  • Visitors to the festival will enjoy a chance to view or do, many of the demonstrations and classes are free to the public. Venues include The Atrium, Nazareth Care Village, Hamilton Gallery, Lissadell Community Centre, Sligo Park Hotel, Radisson Hotel, The Model, Hawks Well Theatre, Yeats Building, the Hyde Bridge Gallery and Teach Ban Gallery.

Intergenerational Workshops will be held in crafts across the town and county.

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June 12, 2015
June 20, 2015
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Yeats Memorial Building
Douglas Hyde Bridge
Sligo, Ireland
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