Grennan Mill Craft School is housed in an 18th century grain mill, The Island Mill, on the banks of the River Nore in Thomastown, County Kilkenny. The grain lofts of the mill have been converted into spacious and well equipped craft/art studios. The location is part of the charm in providing inspiration and a unique ambience to work in. The school was set up in 1981 and has now established itself as an important centre of study in the crafts area and attracts learners from all over Ireland and further afield.
The Grennan Mill Craft School experience
Over the course of two years learners will develop their skills in all the crafts plus drawing. They will gain an understanding of the design process and how their work might be marketed and sold. The student will keep a notebook for each craft and will produce a collection of craft work, most of which is displayed at the end of their two years study at the annual Graduate Show, which is open to the public for seven days, usually the last week in May.
Thomastown itself is a bustling town renowned for its many artist’s, crafts-people and musicians, making for a varied and lively social scene. The multitude of exhibitions and events that take place in Thomastown during Kilkenny Arts Festival is a testament to the love for the arts in this area.
Students visit many craft studios, exhibitions and other places of interest and inspiration throughout their time at the mill. There are also opportunities for workshops in additional techniques such as batik, basket-weaving, paper-making, natural dyeing to enhance skills-set of all students.
With alumni such as Angela O Kelly, Seamus Gill, Remco De Fouw, Angela Mulrooney and many more, Grennan Mill has historically proven to be an important first step on the career path of craft and design.