• Craft NI Craft Advisory Panel Announced

    Craft NI Craft Advisory Panel Announced

    As the sector lead body for craft in Northern Ireland, Craft NI is delighted to have established a Craft Advisory Panel who are contributing their time and expertise to advising us on the key material disciplines and on strategy and priorities.

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  • Statement from the Arts Collaboration Network 12 May 2020

    Statement from the Arts Collaboration Network 12 May 2020

    The Arts Collaboration Network is a group of cultural sector support organisations that have been meeting for over 3 three years and includes representatives from music, theatre and dance, visual arts, voluntary arts, disability artists, business support organisations and the broader creative sector. Each of these organisations have been supporting and communicating the needs and challenges faced by their members and consistencies during the Covid-19 crisis.

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  • Coronavirus Update

    Coronavirus Update



    Updated 9 April 2020


    As restrictions continue, we’ve summarised some of the main sources of information and support.


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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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  • Online Animal Sculpture Class with Mud Ireland

    - Workshops
    Online Animal Sculpture Class with Mud Ireland

    Stay creative during lock Down! 

    Join the Mud Ireland Online Animal Sculpture class from the comfort of your own home!
    Suitable for both kids and adults.

    Date: Saturday 25th April 2020

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  • Online Craft Forum

    - Community
    Online Craft Forum

    The next Maker Forum was due to be help in the Ulster Museum on 21 April. Due to current circumstances a face to face Forum can’t go ahead, but we are keen to offer an online version. Please join us!

    Date and Time: Tuesday, 31 March at 10.30am

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  • Basketry Festival 2020

    - Exhibitions
    Basketry Festival 2020

    The Irish Basketmakers Association (IBA) are delighted to announce a Basketry Festival in Derry/Londonderry. The festival will take place in St Columb’s Park House and will include exhibitions, talks, a pop-up shop, demonstrations, workshops and sculpture in the park.

    May 8th, 9th and 10th 2020

    Free entry

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  • Sell Your Craft Online


    Craft NI presents a series of five FREE training sessions for NI Makers, selected to help Sell Your Craft Online with limited time and resources.

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  • Orbit Update


    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


    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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