Glass blankets created during locking are on display

Collaborative artwork created by 50 glassmakers from across the island of Ireland during the Covid lockdown is on display.

Limited to within five kilometers of their home and studio, the glassmakers virtually collaborated to create a large glass blanket.

The blanket is currently on display at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life in Co Mayo.

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A breath of fresh air – The Keep Well Glass Quilt, premieres at Turlough Park House, National Museum of Ireland – Country Life. A unique collaborative artwork by 50 glassmakers from across the island of Ireland. Created during the third wave of COVID-19 and the 12-week lockdown that followed. Photo: Michael Mc Laughlin

Artist Roisin de Buitlear, one of the project’s coordinators, said: “Meeting online and sharing the creative process in this project has fostered new ideas and concerns, and brought new ideas and interests to life. Our members are closer together.

“Some of Ireland’s leading glassmakers are represented in the glass blanket, making this artwork a unique and historic portfolio of Irish artists and generous community spirit. theirs in difficult times.”

Dr Audrey Whitty, deputy director/head of collections and research at the National Museum of Ireland, said: “We are grateful to the artists and the Irish Glass Society for the opportunity to exhibit artworks. This beautiful art at the National Museum of Ireland in Co. mayo.

“Each individual piece of glass offers a unique perspective on an unprecedented moment in our history.

“Culture and the arts have proven to be an important means of expression in our journey to share Covid-19 and more than ever, we know what a privilege it is to be able to share together. and interact with these works of art in public spaces with guests.”

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A breath of fresh air – The Keep Well Glass Quilt, premieres at Turlough Park House, National Museum of Ireland – Country Life. A unique collaborative artwork by 50 glassmakers from across the island of Ireland. Created during the third wave of COVID-19 and the 12-week lockdown that followed. Photo: Michael Mc Laughlin

Professional and amateur glassmakers are represented in the work as well as all glass-making techniques, from traditional cutting, glass painting, kiln working, engraving, engraving and lampwork.

Each of Ireland’s four provinces is represented, bringing the entire island together in a collaborative work.

The blanket was selected by an international jury for Venice Glass Week and is on display at Dublin Castle for the World Crafts Council conference as well as President Michael D Higgins’ residence at Aras an Uachtarain.

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