News

  • Craft NI hosts exhibition of works from the Arts Council’s Contemporary Art Collection

    25-Nov-2019
    Craft NI hosts exhibition of works from the Arts Council’s Contemporary Art Collection

    A special exhibition at Craft NI’s new Royal Avenue premises featuring selected works from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s contemporary art collection is now open. The exhibition has come about as part of the Arts Council’s new Art Lending Scheme, a free scheme which is open to curators, galleries, and organisations interested in putting works from the Collection on public display.

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  • ​ Nominations to Craft NI’s Craft Advisory Panel

    14-Nov-2019
    ​ Nominations to Craft NI’s Craft Advisory Panel

    If you are a designer-maker in Northern Ireland, we we want to hear from you on the issues that are important to you, which will help you develop in your work, or which are impacting on your business.

    As one part of improving our communications with the sector, we are proposing the establishment of a Craft Advisory Panel (CAP) to share ideas and initiatives about new developments in the disciplines. We would like your help in identifying the members of our first Advisory Panel.

    Deadline: Thursday 12 December

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  • Belfast Design Week Pop Up Museum

    25-Oct-2019
    Belfast Design Week Pop Up Museum

    Belfast Design Week Pop Up Museum will be taking place in venues across Belfast including CRAFT NI on Saturday 9th November. The aim of this event is to highlight the design heritage and designer-makers.


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Opportunities for Makers

  • Call for Submissions: Backstage Craft Special Issue for Decorating Dissidence

    26-May-2020 - Calls for Makers
    Call for Submissions: Backstage Craft Special Issue for Decorating Dissidence

    Decorating Dissidence is an interdisciplinary project exploring the political, aesthetic & conceptual qualities of craft from modernism to the contemporary. The project brings together art practitioners, makers, curators, activists and academics to break down disciplinary boundaries and find new ways to critically engage with feminist art history.

    Deadline: Friday, 10 July 2020.

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  • Call for Expression of Interest: Belfast PEACE IV

    25-May-2020 - Calls for Makers
    Call for Expression of Interest: Belfast PEACE IV

    Creative Communities artist-in-residence project is part of Belfast’s PEACE IV Action Plan which is financed through the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

    Creative Communities is an engaging and exciting creative arts and heritage programme taking place as part of Belfast’s PEACE IV Action Plan and aims to bring people together from all sections of the community to engage in a wide range of bespoke arts or heritage projects. Creative Communities has been working across 8 themes and areas of the city to co-design these projects with various groups and individuals, and are now at an important stage of the process in which they are ready to recruit Artists-In-Residence for some of these themes / areas.

    Deadline: Monday, 1 June 2020.

     

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  • Call for Applications: The Great British Sewing Bee S7

    11-May-2020 - Calls for Makers
    Call for Applications: The Great British Sewing Bee S7

    Call for Applications: The Great British Sewing Bee S7

    "We’re looking for the next collection of talented home sewers for the seventh series of The Great British Sewing Bee.

    We hope that it will be safe to film The Great British Sewing Bee later in the year as planned and we are still encouraging applications. Filming will only take place when it is safe to do. We are closely monitoring the situation and following the advice of Public Health England. As a result, we may adjust how or when we carry out auditions. The safety and welfare of everyone involved in our productions is always paramount."

    Deadline: 7 June 2020.

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Events

  • Maker Meet Up 11 June: Debbie Pocock, QEST

    - Community
    Maker Meet Up 11 June: Debbie Pocock, QEST
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  • Maker Meet Up 28 May: The Future Craft Market

    - Community
    Maker Meet Up 28 May: The Future Craft Market
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  • Maker Meet-Up

    - Community
    Maker Meet-Up

     

    Our next informal online Maker Meet-Up will be via Zoom on Thursday 30th April at 10.30am - hope you can make it. 

     

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Programmes

  • Orbit Update

    16-Apr-2020
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    This programme is fully booked and we’ve been working with Chris Murphy to re-configure it for on-line delivery via Zoom. If lockdown lifts before the last session(s) we’ll revert to face to face, and either way, we’ll have an in-person session at the end for everyone to get together and work through any remaining questions.

    If you need support with using Zoom, our colleagues at the Crafts Council have put together this useful guide.

    In response to the circumstances, Chris has re-structured parts of the programme so there is now some added content that will help you weather this storm and make it out the other side.

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  • Orbit

    29-Jan-2020
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    We are delighted to launch our new support programme developed specifically for NI makers by Design Strategist + Educator Chris Murphy. Bespoke content will be presented through a series of unique workshops which connect into an overall development journey: from the stories our products tell, to the realities of juggling portfolio careers, pricing, funding and marketing.

    Over 5 half-day interactive sessions at the iconic Ormeau Baths, Chris will use presentations, exercises, case studies and downloadable materials to cover a wide range of issues faced by independent makers right across the sector. While each session is designed to stand alone, you’ll get the most benefit by attending all five workshops and completing the (enjoyable!) homework tasks that accompany the workshop series.

    The Orbit programme places business acumen and creative development on an equal footing. It will equip designer-makers at various stages of their careers and from different craft disciplines with new and refreshed business skills and supports Craft NI’s mission to strengthen business development within the craft sector.

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  • August Craft Month | Audience Experience Survey

    29-Aug-2019
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    If you have attended an August Craft Month Event, please complete the Audience Experience Survey by clicking the survey link above.

    It will take less than 2 minutes of your time, but will be priceless to us in terms of learning lessons for next year, and persuading potential funders of the value that August Craft Month brings to the craft sector and to Northern Ireland.

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