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October 2021 Meeting Minutes

Cork Textiles Network AGM 9th October 2021



Present-           Fiodhna Ní Bhaoill , Mary French, Kim Ling Morris, Carmel Creaner,

Mary Palmer, Dara Healy, Imelda Connolly, Shiela O’Sullivan, Anne Jeffares, Anne Kiely, Diane Payne, Dee Sunart, Helen O’Shea, Lesley Stothers, Maeve Hunter, Sidella O’Brien, Una Ni She, Claire Lynch, Avril Lomasney, Rosemary Burke, Anne O’Connor

Apologies-      Margaret Thuillier, Arlene Shawcross, Nicola Brown, Tracy Wardle, Hillary Bell

Amanda Hogan, Helen O'Leary

Chairperson                            Fiodhna Ní Bhaoill

Co-Chair                                 Mary French

Treasurer                                 Kim Ling Morris

IT Manager                             Carmel Creamer

GANS Liaison                        Mary Palmer

Secretary                                 Dara Healy

  1. 1.Report from the Chair Fiodhna Ní Bhaoill

Fiodhna introduced the committee and gave a run down of this years activities.

Fiodhna thanked the board members for their time and commitment throughout 2021.

We have had zoom Thread Talks in 2021 and these are well attended with an average of 20-30 attendees. These will continue for 2022.

February: Alice Fox 

March:Hannah LAMB 

April: Helen O'Shea 

May:Helen McAllister

June:Fiona McKelvie

September: Jilly Edwards

October: Shelly Goldsmith

November:Lorraine Parker

  1. 2.Treasurer’sKim-Ling Morris

Kim gave a presentation to simplify her Treasurers Report

Our income is down on 2020 and previous years as we only offered associate membership due to the pandemic uncertainty from €5,786 in toto to €3,090 in 2021 which consisted mostly of the €2,000 DCCI grant funding.

Our outgoings for 2021 are €4,846.

The Network made a loss of  €1,581 in 2021 which was not unexpected given the current situation we find ourselves in and the fact that we only offered associate membership for €10 in 2021.

A reduced membership subscription of €30 for 2022 was agreed by the committee to enable us to continue top provide online services.

  1. 3.CTN Textile AwardCarmel Creaner

Carmel and Mary French attended at the Crawford Graduate Show and viewed all the students work, noting the Textile Artists and choose Lorraine Parker to award the CTN prize. The prize consists of €500, the chance to give a Thread Talk to our members and one years membership.

The other Crawford Textile Students are given a years membership to encourage and support them as they leave college.

Going forward we will award two prizes; the Helen Stringer Memorial Prize  €250 for concept based textile work and the CTN prize €250 for excellent demonstration of technical ability and mastery of their chosen skill. Both artists would be invited to give a thread talk on their works and inspiration.

  1. 4.Survey: Plan for Post-CovidFiodhna

The committee has decided that a survey monkey survey will be sent to all members in early 2022 to held decide on the direction the network will take going forward.

It was proposed:

5 Artist Talks (Jan, Mar, May, Sep, Nov)

1 Workshop (Apr)

2 Exhibitions

Restrictions allowing

  1. 5.A.O.B.

There was no other business and the meeting closed.


Dara Healy