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Future Artist Makers: The Exhibition

26 November 2016 - 26 February 2017

A first-of-its kind international exhibition, bringing together 19 artist-makers from across Europe, who embraced digital fabrication tools to design and create unique artworks.

Art works included 3D printed ceramic pots, biohacking experiments where computer chips are implanted in the human body, invented musical instruments, miniature 3D models of iconic digital consumer objects, screens and etchings that have been laser cut, and interactive visual story-telling on iPads.

Curated by Declan Sheehan, the exhibition featured works from Cecile Babiole, Benjamin Gaulon, Jonathan Keep, Francesco Pacelli and collaborative partnership YoHa. Northern Ireland artists included Paola Bernadelli, Martin Boyle, Ciara Finnegan and Jiann Hughes.

Funded by Creative Europe, the Department for Communities, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Acorn Fund, Future Artist-Makers: The Exhibition was the culmination of a year-long programme of art-making, exhibition, training and networking.

Through three leading FabLabs at the Nerve Centre, University of Limerick and UltraLab in Madrid, the programme gave artists free access to the latest digital fabrication technologies and materials, delivered three international artist residencies, provided young people with new skills and accreditations in digital fabrication, and fostered international networking between three former Cities of Culture, sharing expertise and good practice in art-making and fabrication.

Future Artist-Makers: Community Engagement

The exhibition ran until February 26, 2017 before moving to Limerick and then onto Madrid that summer.

A community and events programme accompanied the exhibition, offering young people and families art-making experiences, including getting to grips with a suite of digital fabrication equipment such as 3D printers and scanners, laser cutters and vinyl cutters.