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

    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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  • Survey for Craft Makers in Northern Ireland

    Survey for Craft Makers in Northern Ireland

    The appetite for buying craft has increased dramatically over the past ten years, and we want to see the market grow even further. To this end, the Crafts Council and eight national partners*, including Craft NI, have already surveyed thousands of consumers - now we want to understand makers’ side of the story.

    The closing date is Friday 31 January 2020. 

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

    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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Opportunities for Makers

  • Theo Moorman Trust for Weavers

    15-Feb-2020 - Funding & Grants
    Theo Moorman Trust for Weavers

    Weavers living and working in the United Kingdom may apply. Whilst the Trust may fund some specialist weaving courses formal under-graduate and post-graduate studies will not be funded. Applicants need to have at least two and a half years working experience of their weaving independent of higher education (including post graduate courses) before applying. Applicants must be able to supply images of work done in the last two years.


    Trustees make grants of between £500 and £5000 to weavers.


    Application closing date: Sunday, 1 March 2020.



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  • NDCG Open Call for Exhibition Proposals 2021-23

    10-Feb-2020 - Calls for Makers
    NDCG Open Call for Exhibition Proposals 2021-23

    National Design & Craft Gallery invite innovative, ambitious and engaging exhibition proposals from professional curators, practitioners, galleries, partners and museums.  Established by the Design & Crafts Council Ireland in 2000, National Design & Craft Gallery is Ireland’s leading centre for contemporary craft and design.

    Deadline: Monday, 30 March 2020. 


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  • Studios Available in East Belfast

    20-Jan-2020 - Classifieds
    Studios Available in East Belfast

    Sugary Studios in East Belfast have 2 studios available for rent from 1 February 2020.

    Two private studios with sinks and 24hr access.

    Studio rent includes bills and broadband. 

    1 medium/large studio £160
    1 small studio £80
    Please text Robyn on 07902952502 for a viewing.


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  • Belfast's Great Pottery Throw Down

    - Workshops
    Belfast's Great Pottery Throw Down

    Sign up for Belfast's first Great Pottery Throw Down here at Baltic's Pottery Barn at Bullitt Belfast for a mini Throw down day with Master Potter David McComiskey 

    Throw some pots on the wheels and move on to pulling handles and other such pottery techniques to see who wins the coveted Belfast Master of the Wheel Title and YES beer is allowed!

    Date: Sunday, 9 February 2020


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  • Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop

    - Workshops
    Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop

    Hosted by Claire of NodoKnots, this workshop will teach you how to make a beautiful macramé hanger and add more plants to your home!

    Date: Sunday, 1 March 2020 

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  • Generation Exhibition - National Design and Craft Gallery

    - Exhibitions
    Generation Exhibition - National Design and Craft Gallery

    This exhibition invites us to consider the unique perspective of a group of Irish based designer-makers who are custodians of a familial tradition of making and creativity, continuing and/or reinventing the work begun by previous generations of their family.

    Dates:12 March 2020 - 21 June 2020 

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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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  • August Craft Month | Audience Experience Survey


    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


    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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