• National Museum of Ireland acquires works from Alison Lowry

    National Museum of Ireland acquires works from Alison Lowry

    The National Museum of Ireland has announced the acquisition of a selection of work by NI glass artist Alison Lowry, for its permanent collection. The work formed part of the Alison Lowry: (A) Dressing Our Hidden Truths Exhibition. 

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  • Arts Council NI Survey Published

    Arts Council NI Survey Published

    Public turning to the arts for comfort and welcome distraction during the Pandemic

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  • Christmas Gift Guides

    Christmas Gift Guides

    Our Festive Gift Guides to help you Buy Local this Christmas

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Opportunities for Makers

  • Call for Artisans - Could your Artisan workshop be the next Économusée?

    05-Jan-2021 - Calls for Makers
    Call for Artisans - Could your Artisan workshop be the next Économusée?

    The Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust is inviting applications from artisans based in the Causeway Coast & Glens and Mid & East Antrim Borough Council areas who are interested to join the Économusée Network. The Économusée concept is a Québec inspired tourism initiative that enables visitors to watch the artisan at work whilst offering them the opportunity to discover the beautiful and indigenous crafts that are all produced onsite.

    Applications deadline is January 15th, 2021.

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  • MADE IN IRELAND Exhibition | Open Call

    11-Nov-2020 - Calls for Makers
    MADE IN IRELAND Exhibition | Open Call

    National Design & Craft Gallery are delighted to announce a major open submission exhibition for 2021. MADE IN IRELAND is now accepting applications from all skilled Irish makers. 

    ‘MADE IN IRELAND intends to celebrate the skill and vitality of the island’s makers, and inspire pride in the remarkable and distinctive work being created in Ireland today',  say Mary Gallagher and Hilary Morley.

    Application deadline: 1st of February 2021

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  • European Prize for Applied Arts 2021

    28-Oct-2020 - Calls for Makers
    European Prize for Applied Arts 2021

    Launched in 2009, in partnership with the City of Mons, WCC-Europe and supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the European Prize for Applied Arts rewards contemporary works of applied arts and handcrafted design. A 5th edition which will celebrate the 40 years of the association.

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  • RUA Annual Exhibition

    - Exhibitions
    RUA Annual Exhibition

    The 139th Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition at the Ulster Museum has been extended to 31 January 2021.

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  • Obvious at R-Space Gallery

    - Exhibitions
    Obvious at R-Space Gallery

    R-Space Gallery presents the eighth edition their Materials, Messages and Meaning series: 'Obvious'. with Mr. Papers, Aimée Nelson, Aoife O'Connor, Gary Shaw, Jill Phillips and Pauline Clancy talk about their different approaches to materials, methods of production and messages within their work.


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  • Bounce Festival

    - Community
    Bounce Festival

    Bounce is the annual arts festival produced by University of Atypical that showcases outstanding new work by D/deaf and disabled writers, producers, actors, dancers, musicians, and directors.


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  • Getting Started 2021


    The Goldsmiths’ Centre has opened applications for Getting Started Online 2021, the one-week introduction to business course designed to support the most talented UK designers, designer makers and skilled craftspeople in the jewellery, silversmithing and allied industries.

    Getting Started 2021 Online is a free course, delivered for the first time completely virtually, and will provide up to 100 start-ups with the help to get practical guidance and advice on key aspects of getting their business started.

    Applications close on Sunday 14 February 2021.


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  • Skills Intervention Programme


    The Department for the Economy is supporting over 3,000 free places on short courses, delivered by the local further and higher education providers.

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  • Online Training with Sophie Rochester of Yodomo


    Craft NI is delighted to be working with Sophie Rochester of online craft hub Yodomo to deliver two online workshops designed to help you make the most of the crucial pre-Christmas season and join in Craft NI’s campaign to buy local craft online.

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