News

  • Coronavirus Update.

    27-Mar-2020
    Coronavirus Update.

    Coronavirus Update

    New update: Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

    Self-employed people will be able receive a taxable grant of 80% of their average monthly profits up to £2500 per month to help with the impact of the current health crisis.

    The scheme is open to any self-employed person with trading profits of up to £50,000 p.a and who make the majority of their income from self-employment, based on three years of accounts.Only those already in self-employment, who have a tax return for 2019 can apply although theChancellor confirmed that people would have an additional four weeks to file a 2019/20 tax return from today 26th March.

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  • Coronavirus Update

    16-Mar-2020
    Coronavirus Update

    RESOURCES FOR MAKERS DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK IN NI

    This is a time of unprecedented uncertainty for Northern Ireland makers and retailers, in light of the corona virus pandemic. We’ve summarised here some of the main sources of authoritative information on current developments and where you can access latest guidance and we’ll keep these updated.

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  • Local Goldsmiths commissioned to make Allianz Arts & Business N.I Awards.

    20-Jan-2020
    Local Goldsmiths commissioned to make Allianz Arts & Business N.I Awards.

    Local Goldsmiths, Cameron & Breen were commissioned to make this years Allianz Arts & Business N.I Awards.

    Based in Randalstown, Co. Antrim, Martin Cameron and Laura Breen's combined interest in sculptural Silversmithing has influenced their joint transition into Couture Jewellery.

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Opportunities for Makers

  • Call for Applications: Rosy James Memorial Trust Award

    16-Mar-2020 - Awards & Competitions
    Call for Applications: Rosy James Memorial Trust Award

    This unique award is directed at makers steeped in practice using materials singly or in combination. Such materials might include fired clay or glass; fine or base metals; textiles using any kinds of applications; wood; plastics; paper or other materials not included in this list, where the emphasis is based upon the transformation of materials through the use of sustained practice towards a series of critical outcomes.

    Deadline: Friday, 24 April 2020.

     

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  • AUGUST CRAFT MONTH 2020

    23-Mar-2020 - Calls for Makers
    AUGUST CRAFT MONTH 2020

    At the time of writing, Northern Ireland’s festival of craft is due to return this August, funding permitting and public health permitting. While we can’t say with certainty that August Craft Month will go ahead, we hope that it will. If it does not, we will work with funders, makers and other stakeholders in the sector to develop alternative plans to promote and showcase craft at a regional level across Northern Ireland this year.

    Deadline for event submissions: Friday, 12 June 2020. 

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  • Future Makers Award

    10-Feb-2020 - Calls for Makers
    Future Makers Award

    Awarding makers, designers and craftspeople who will shape the future.

    Future Makers is a Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) initiative. It offers a range of awards and supports to students and emerging makers. It is one of the largest prize-funded award programmes in Europe.

    Deadline: Tuesday, 31 March 2020. 

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Events

  • Observation and Making in Place Workshop

    - Workshops
    Observation and Making in Place Workshop

    Observation and Making in Place is a workshop for people who want to directly experience working creatively with fire and glass and with daily access to the nearby rugged beauty of the North Antrim Coast landscape. The combination of the studio facility and the North Antrim Coast will be a magnificent resource for the workshop.

    Dates between: 1- 5 September 2020. 

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  • Beginning with Boro Workshop

    - Workshops
    Beginning with Boro Workshop

    Beginning with Boro is a one day taster class designed for people who want to learn methods and techniques of Flameworking at a bench torch with Borosilicate glass.

    Dates: 1 - 5 September 2020.

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  • Crystals of Tomorrow Workshop

    - Workshops
    Crystals of Tomorrow Workshop

    The Crystals of Tomorrow workshop is for people who want to directly experience flameworking glass with the remarkably talented and skilled American artist 2-Stroke, within the world- renowned scenery of the North Antrim Coast. This spectacular location, as backdrop to the Crystals of Tomorrow workshop, will offer the opportunity to learn from the breadth of 2-Stroke’s technical competence, with direct reference to native Irish minerals, along with insightful and constructive guidance for each individual.

    Dates: 26 - 30 May 2020

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Programmes

  • 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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  • Call for Applications: August Craft Month 2019

    20-May-2019
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    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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