The exhibition is a display of craft skills with a difference, showcasing pieces crafted, carved and shaped by the Apprentices who are on various levels of their unique training journey. The work on display comprises a number of exhibits prepared by Apprentice Stonemasons, Craft Carpenters and Stonecutters working for the OPW on the maintenance of the National Monuments in State care. The Apprentice Programme for traditional skills was restarted by the OPW in 2014 and there are now a total of 28 Apprentices working and learning at 6 OPW Centres. The Apprentices are mentored by the skilled staff already working within the OPW and are taught the traditional skills involved in the key crafts needed to maintain the almost 1,000 National Monuments in State care.
OPW Exhibition of Apprentices Work
The Office of Public Works (OPW) is delighted to host “Oidhreacht” an exhibition of the work of OPW Craft Apprentices working in the National Monuments Service at the Office’s HQ building in Trim, Co. Meath. Mr. Maurice Buckley, Chairman of the OPW will officially open the Exhibition on Friday, 5 May at 2pm.