• Celebrate Northern Ireland’s Local Creative Talent with August Craft Month 2019

    Celebrate Northern Ireland’s Local Creative Talent with August Craft Month 2019

    Northern Ireland is set for another incredible celebration of Craft as August Craft Month begins once again. Showcasing the growing number of exceptional creative talent on its doorstep, August Craft Month will shine a spotlight on our renowned regional craft known across the globe and the new hidden gems making waves in the local craft world.

    With internationally-recognised makers, craft start-ups and increasingly popular hands-on craft activities, the vibrant craft sector is continually thriving in NI. August Craft Month is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the local talented artists, designers and makers across NI, each with their own personal story behind their unique craft.

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  • CRAFT NI Director’s Report

    CRAFT NI Director’s Report


    A report from the CRAFT NI Director, Katherine McDonald. 


    Updates on current and future developments at CRAFT NI. 

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  • Making Conversations Podcast

    Making Conversations Podcast

    Making Conversations is a podcast from silversmith Robyn Galway and ceramicist Jemma Millen - both practicing makers and graduates from the applied art department of Ulster University, who share a love of making and craft. Join us on our journey of making conversations with local makers. 

    We are now LIVE! Listen to the very first episode of Making Conversations Podcast where we went on tour to the annual Ulster University Degree Show and spoke to some fresh, new makers due to graduate in 2019.

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Opportunities for Makers

  • CRAFT NI | Information Session | Arts Council of Northern Ireland SIAP

    06-Aug-2019 - Seminars
    CRAFT NI | Information Session | Arts Council of Northern Ireland SIAP

    CRAFT NI | Information Session | Arts Council of Northern Ireland SIAP

    DATE Tuesday 6 August 2019

    TIME 10.30am to 12.30pm

    VENUE Board Room, Cathedral Quarter Managed Workspace, 109-113 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1FF

    CRAFT NI is holding an Information Session, open to all Craft makers.

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  • Lowe Craft Prize 2020

    17-Jul-2019 - Awards & Competitions
    Lowe Craft Prize 2020

    Applications are now open for the Lowe Foundation Craft Prize 2020.

    All participants must be professional artisans of 18 years or older at the time of the submission of entries. Entries may be made by an individual or collective (as a ‘group submission’). Businesses and mercantile companies of any kind are excluded. All nationalities are welcome.

    Each participant can present either one single piece of work or one series of works, understood as a number of objects considered as a single artistic creation (henceforth, ‘the Work’). This should fall within an area of the applied arts and, as a guide, within the following categories: ceramics, bookbinding, enamelwork, jewellery, lacquer, metal, furniture, leather, textiles, glass, wood, paper, etc.

    Deadline to apply: 30 October 2019

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  • Handwerk & Design 2020

    11-Mar-2020 - Calls for Makers
    Handwerk & Design 2020

    A trade fair held in Munich, Handwerk & Design is the biggest and most important forum for contemporary handicraft in the field of applied arts and crafts in the German-speaking region.

    National and international visitors from the arts community will be visiting Munich from 11-15 March 2020!

    Deadline to Apply: July 2019

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  • Gifted Fair

    - Fairs
    Gifted Fair

    The Contemproary Craft & Design Fair kicks off with a special 10% discount on all purchases at the Fair on Wednesday 5 December 2018

    Event Dates: Wednesday 5 to Sunday 9 December 2018

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  • Christmas Craft Market at Flowerfield Arts Centre

    - Fairs
    Christmas Craft Market at Flowerfield Arts Centre

    Shop local & support local artists. From beautiful pottery to glass, from silk scarves to knitted woollies to beat the winter chill, from gorgeous jewellery to handcrafted knickknacks, decorations and food treats, we have it all this year from over 25 local makers and designers.

    Join us on Saturday 8 - 22 December from 12pm - 3pm


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  • Silk Painting Workshops 2019

    - Workshops
    Silk Painting Workshops 2019

    KoKo Designs are now taking bookings for silk painting weekend workshops for 2019.

    A lovely gift for someone who is into painting, home interiors or craft! All levels of art/craft experience catered for.

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  • Call for Applications: August Craft Month 2019


    CRAFT NI invites you to register a Craft-related event for August Craft Month 2019.

    August Craft Month is Northern Ireland's Annual Celebration of all things Craft.

    August Craft Month is a series of events (Craft exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, fairs, festivals and more...) delivered by a partnership of individuals and organisations across Northern Ireland. It is co-ordinated by CRAFT NI on behalf of the Craft sector and is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through the National Lottery.

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  • Call for Applications: NI Assembly Gift and Coffee Shop Retail Opportunity


    Call for Applications: Northern Ireland Assembly Gift and Coffee Shop – Retail Opportunity.

    Deadline: Thursday, 8 November 2018, 5pm

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  • August Craft Month 2018 – Call for Event Registration


    CRAFT NI invites you to register a craft-related event for August Craft Month 2018.

    August Craft Month is ‘An Annual Celebration of Craft in Northern Ireland’.

    Deadline: 5pm, Friday 30 March 2018

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