• Northern Ireland craft to be showcased around the world

    Northern Ireland craft to be showcased around the world

    Craft NI prepares for a unique August Craft Month 2020

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  • Selected makers in partnership with Cork Craft and Design announced

    Selected makers in partnership with Cork Craft and Design announced

    Bernadette Tuite - ceramics and glass, will exhibit in 'Unlocked' for August Craft Month to represent Cork Craft and Design and NI's own Claire Mooney - silversmith, has been selected to exhibit her work in Cork Craft and Design in partnership with August Craft Month and Cork Craft Month.

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  • Audrey Whitty to join Kim Mawhinney for 'Unlocked Exhibition'

    Audrey Whitty to join Kim Mawhinney for 'Unlocked Exhibition'

    Kim Mawhinney Craft NI board member and 'Unlocked' curator will be joined by Dr Audrey Whitty to select the exhibition prize winner.


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Opportunities for Makers

  • Call for Participants - Share your craft voice with August Craft Month

    22-Jul-2020 - Community
    Call for Participants - Share your craft voice with August Craft Month

    As part of keeping the profile of NI craft and makers high, particularly during August, we’d love to see some clips from makers on these themes:

    Craft in 5 words or favourite craft object.

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  • Call for Applications: Cork Craft and Design and Craft NI Sustainability Exhibition

    29-Jun-2020 - Calls for Makers
    Call for Applications: Cork Craft and Design and Craft NI Sustainability Exhibition


    As part of August Craft Month NI and Cork Craft Month, Craft NI and Cork Craft & Design are collaborating on a maker exchange with retail and exhibition opportunity. Applications are invited from makers in NI to be part of CCD's Craft month exhibition and to have retail work stocked in CCD Gallery in Douglas Co. Cork. A Cork-based maker will also be chosen to take part in Craft NI's August craft Month exhibition. This is a lovely opportunity to gain exposure to new audiences and customers in Cork, where Craft Month is a well-established event in a network of visitors from overseas over the years. Craft NI will cover delivery costs of work to Cork.

    Deadline: Thursday, 9 July 2020, 5pm

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  • Open Call: August Craft Month Exhibition

    25-Jun-2020 - Calls for Makers
    Open Call: August Craft Month Exhibition

    Taking centre stage in August Craft Month 2020, the UNLOCKED exhibition will showcase the work of NI makers with a physical exhibition in the Craft NI Gallery accompanied by an online version.

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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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  • Macrame Kokedama Workshop

    - Workshops
    Macrame Kokedama Workshop

    Hosted by Claire of NodoKnots, an experience horticulturist and macrame maker, this workshop combines basic macrame skills with Kokedama, a style of Japanese bonsai in which a plant's root system is wrapped in moss and bound with string, transforming it into a living sculpture.

    4th May 2020





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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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