Date: 5th Aug 2021 - 27th Aug 2021
Time: 9am - 9pm (window view exhibition)
Venue: MTU Gallery at 46 Grand Parade


EMERGE Graduate Window Exhibition & Awards 2021


Established in 2016 the EMERGE Exhibition & Awards by Cork Craft & Design is a platform of support for graduate makers and one of the core events of annual ​Cork Craft Month in August now in its 12th year.


For the EMERGE Graduate Award 2021 we are delighted to announce a fresh partnership between Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery and Cork Craft & Design formed in order to support and nurture emerging Graduates from the art colleges in the Cork area. The Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery have added a generous studio stipend to the Emerge Award providing 6 months Maker supported studio space in collaboration with Benchspace.


The exhibition showcases selected works of graduating students from Cork including MTU Crawford College of Art & Design (Applied Arts), Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa (Furniture), St. John’s Central College (Jewellery) and new for 2021 participating institutions: West Cork Campus Skibbereen subsidiary of the Cork College of Commerce, and Kinsale College.

The EMERGE Exhibition is curated by Renata Pekowska.

This exhibition and Award offers to the new graduates an initial opportunity to work with a professional curator and their first exhibition post-graduation. The 2021 EMERGE Exhibition will be showcased at the MTU Gallery at the historic building of 46 Grand Parade, overlooking one of Cork's most prominent public spaces.



One graduate from each college is selected to receive the EMERGE Award. This award comprises

  • One year membership of Friends of Crawford Art Gallery,
  • One year of membership of Cork Craft & Design,
  • Three months of retail experience selling their work in the Cork Craft & Design shop in Douglas and
  • Three one to one business mentoring sessions with CCD Manager.


From the graduates selected from the five colleges, a single overall winner is chosen to receive

The Friends of Crawford Art Gallery & EMERGE Exhibition Award

This is a 6 month Studio space & Maker supported programme with Benchspace, Cork.

Supported by MTU Arts Office

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