17 June 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan TD will perform the official opening of the Forge In international gathering of artist blacksmiths in Monaghan Town at a ceremony in front of Monaghan Courthouse in Church Square at 5 pm on Thursday next, June 23.
The Ministerial presence will give an appropriately distinguished imprimatur to one of the most original, and prestigious, cultural events to have been hosted in the Monaghan area in recent times.
An official contribution to Ireland’s Designated Year of Craft, the event brings together some 200 exponents of the art of the blacksmith, some travelling from locations as distant as Japan and the USA.
Each participant will contribute to the creation of a piece of public sculpture that will form an enduring monument to Monaghan’s hosting of the event. The sculpture has been pre-designed by Mark Keeling and, entitled “The Hive of Knowledge”, is intended as a pooling of the artisan blacksmiths’ combined expertise.
Over the three days of the event, the blacksmiths will set up forging stations at different locations for the purpose of creating panels for the sculpture, demonstrating to the public something of the subtlties and high technical accomplishments of creative ironwork.
Some of the world’s leading exponents of ‘the art of the anvil’ will be visiting Monaghan fro the June 23-26 event. They include Tom Joyce USA; Takayoshi Komine, Japan; Francisco Gazitua,Chile; Adam Booth, Scotland; Stéphane Chevalier, France ; Jim Horrobin, England, Martin Breidenbach,Germany; Stephen Lunn, England Alexander Sushnikov, Russia.
Full report in The Northern Standard

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