News

  • Survey for Craft Makers in Northern Ireland

    13-Jan-2020
    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

    25-Nov-2019
    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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  • ​ Nominations to Craft NI’s Craft Advisory Panel

    14-Nov-2019
    ​ Nominations to Craft NI’s Craft Advisory Panel

    If you are a designer-maker in Northern Ireland, we we want to hear from you on the issues that are important to you, which will help you develop in your work, or which are impacting on your business.

    As one part of improving our communications with the sector, we are proposing the establishment of a Craft Advisory Panel (CAP) to share ideas and initiatives about new developments in the disciplines. We would like your help in identifying the members of our first Advisory Panel.

    Deadline: Thursday 12 December

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Opportunities for Makers

  • Open Call: Materials Messages and Meaning #8

    09-Jan-2020 - Calls for Makers
    Open Call: Materials Messages and Meaning #8

     

    Open call for Artists and Makers whose work responds to the theme: Obvious

    Artists / makers based in Northern Ireland, at any stage of their career, working in any media, will be selected from an open call as part of our Materials, Messages and Meaning series, and will receive a fee for a talk and exhibiting work.

    Deadline for submissions: Thursday, 6 February, 4pm

    Exhibition Dates: 28 March – 24 April 2020

     

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  • QEST: Scholarships and Apprenticeships

    06-Jan-2020 - Funding & Grants
    QEST: Scholarships and Apprenticeships

    If you are a talented or aspiring craftsperson you can now apply for The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) funding of up to £18,000. QEST has funded crafts people across more than 150 craft disciplines ranging from millinery to thatching, arms & armour restoration to ice sculpture and basket-weaving to musical instrument making.

    This can cover traditional university or college courses, vocational training, apprenticeships or one to one training.

    Deadline: Monday, 10 February 2020

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  • New Arts Council Funds open

    19-Dec-2019 - Funding & Grants
    New Arts Council Funds open

    New Arts Council Funds open

    The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is offering a number of funding opportunities under three new programmes. Thanks to investment from the Department for Communities, three new funding programmes will offer support for arts organisations across Northern Ireland.
    Arts organisations will be invited to make an expression of interest to the following funding programmes.

    Programme one: Rural Needs Small Grants Programme

    Programme two: New Commissioning Programme for Creative Innovation
     
    Programme three: Pilot Premium Payments Programme
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Events

  • Creative Peninsula

    - Open Studios
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    Celebrate Art and Craft in Ards and North Down with Creative Peninsula

    Creative Peninsula, Northern Ireland’s largest celebration of Art and Craft was officially launched in Ards and North Down this week. Now in its 17th year, this thriving annual event brings together local artists and craftspeople to demonstrate their skills and showcase their work.

    Dates: Friday 3 - Wednesday 15 Aug 2018

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  • Loaf Pottery, Summer Classes and Events

    - Workshops
    Loaf Pottery, Summer Classes and Events

    Loaf Pottery Summer Classes and Events Saturday

    Morning Pottery - 4 week course, Crawfordsburn, County Down.

    Date and Time: Every Saturday morning 7 – 28 July 2018, 10am – 12pm.

    For further events click here. 

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  • Designerie Discovered; Rachel Julca Design Pop Up Shop

    - Talks
    Designerie Discovered; Rachel Julca Design Pop Up Shop

    Rachel Julca's will be showcasing her work at the Designerie Discovered pop up shop. 

    Date and time: 30 June 2018, 11am-4pm

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Programmes

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

    18-Oct-2018
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    Call for Applications: Northern Ireland Assembly Gift and Coffee Shop – Retail Opportunity.

    Deadline: Thursday, 8 November 2018, 5pm

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