• 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

  • Celebrating 10 Years of the Armagh Craft Fair

    28-Feb-2020 - Calls for Makers
    Celebrating 10 Years of the Armagh Craft Fair

    Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council invite you to apply for participation in the 10th annual Armagh Craft Fair 2020. Armagh Craft Fair also includes demonstrations, workshops, Food and Non-Craft Stands.

    Date: Saturday, 23 May 2020, 10.30am – 5.00pm

    The Palace Stables, Palace Demesne, Armagh

    You may apply to take a stand as part of the Craft Fair, to provide a demonstration, workshop or all three. Craft and food produce should be handmade by the Artist/Designer/Maker or Craft Company.

    Application deadline: by 5pm, Friday, 20 March 2020 by Post Only



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  • Sell your products on our website - drop ship

    24-Feb-2020 - Calls for Makers
    Sell your products on our website - drop ship

    BOUT YEH is a popular online magazine celebrating people and places in Northern Ireland.

    They are now looking for makers of arts and crafts products interested in selling their products on Bout Yeh - as listings on their online store and Social Media, as stories on their web site and Social Media, and promoted through ongoing photo and video posts in their Social Media, PR and marketing activities.

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  • 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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  • ​LUSTRE & InFLUX Exhibition

    - Exhibitions
    ​LUSTRE & InFLUX Exhibition


    Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin

    Lustre & InFlux presents the innovative work of Ireland’s newest goldsmithing and ceramic graduates of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Centres of Excellence in Jewellery and Goldsmithing and in Ceramics in Kilkenny. A National Design & Craft Gallery touring exhibition, Lustre & InFlux will be opened at Farmleigh Gallery by Oliver Sears, Director of the Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, on Thursday 27th September 2018 and will run until 8th January 2019.

    Dates: 27 September 2018 – 8 January 2019 


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  • LINEN BIENNALE CONFERENCE 3rd and 4th October 2018

    - Talks
    LINEN BIENNALE CONFERENCE 3rd and 4th October 2018

    On 3 and 4 October, the Island Arts Centre in Lisburn hosts a varied design-led programme, bringing a number of international speakers and facilitators to join with local talent in a celebration of the fibre we think of as our very own. Speakers include Mary Mullin of the Robin & Lucienne Day Foundation, Dutch Designer Christien Meindertsma and Tara St James of PRATT Institute’s Sustainable Textile Lab, alongside Mario Sierra of Mourne Textiles, Trish Belford of Tactility Factory and many more.

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  • Heritage Crafts at The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum - Autumn Programme

    - Workshops
    Heritage Crafts at The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum - Autumn Programme

    The Heritage Crafts Programme 2018-2019 begins with the Autumn programme. The range of adult classes take inspiration from the seasons of the year, local customs and the Collections at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. 

    Programme launch Sunday 23rd September 10.00 -14.00

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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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