News

  • Craft NI Craft Advisory Panel Announced

    21-May-2020
    Craft NI Craft Advisory Panel Announced

    As the sector lead body for craft in Northern Ireland, Craft NI is delighted to have established a Craft Advisory Panel who are contributing their time and expertise to advising us on the key material disciplines and on strategy and priorities.


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  • Statement from the Arts Collaboration Network 12 May 2020

    21-May-2020
    Statement from the Arts Collaboration Network 12 May 2020

    The Arts Collaboration Network is a group of cultural sector support organisations that have been meeting for over 3 three years and includes representatives from music, theatre and dance, visual arts, voluntary arts, disability artists, business support organisations and the broader creative sector. Each of these organisations have been supporting and communicating the needs and challenges faced by their members and consistencies during the Covid-19 crisis.

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  • Coronavirus Update

    09-Apr-2020
    Coronavirus Update

    RESOURCES FOR MAKERS DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK IN NI

     

    Updated 9 April 2020

     

    As restrictions continue, we’ve summarised some of the main sources of information and support.


     

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Opportunities for Makers

  • Call for Submissions: Backstage Craft Special Issue for Decorating Dissidence

    26-May-2020 - Calls for Makers
    Call for Submissions: Backstage Craft Special Issue for Decorating Dissidence

    Decorating Dissidence is an interdisciplinary project exploring the political, aesthetic & conceptual qualities of craft from modernism to the contemporary. The project brings together art practitioners, makers, curators, activists and academics to break down disciplinary boundaries and find new ways to critically engage with feminist art history.

    Deadline: Friday, 10 July 2020.

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  • Call for Expression of Interest: Belfast PEACE IV

    25-May-2020 - Calls for Makers
    Call for Expression of Interest: Belfast PEACE IV

    Creative Communities artist-in-residence project is part of Belfast’s PEACE IV Action Plan which is financed through the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

    Creative Communities is an engaging and exciting creative arts and heritage programme taking place as part of Belfast’s PEACE IV Action Plan and aims to bring people together from all sections of the community to engage in a wide range of bespoke arts or heritage projects. Creative Communities has been working across 8 themes and areas of the city to co-design these projects with various groups and individuals, and are now at an important stage of the process in which they are ready to recruit Artists-In-Residence for some of these themes / areas.

    Deadline: Monday, 1 June 2020.

     

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  • Call for Applications: The Great British Sewing Bee S7

    11-May-2020 - Calls for Makers
    Call for Applications: The Great British Sewing Bee S7

    Call for Applications: The Great British Sewing Bee S7

    "We’re looking for the next collection of talented home sewers for the seventh series of The Great British Sewing Bee.

    We hope that it will be safe to film The Great British Sewing Bee later in the year as planned and we are still encouraging applications. Filming will only take place when it is safe to do. We are closely monitoring the situation and following the advice of Public Health England. As a result, we may adjust how or when we carry out auditions. The safety and welfare of everyone involved in our productions is always paramount."

    Deadline: 7 June 2020.

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Events

  • Upcoming Workshops at Mourne Creative

    - Workshops
    Upcoming Workshops at Mourne Creative

    Upcoming workshops at Mourne Creative:

    Denim and Linen Pouch Workshop - 29 September 2018

    Hand Thrown Pottery Workshop - 6 October 2018

    Blacksmithing Workshop - 30 September and 7 October 2018

    Tapestry Weaving Workshop - 10 November 2018

    Woven Hare Workshop - 11 November 2018

    Christmas Woven Wreath Workshop - 16 December 2018

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  • Homo Faber Exhibition in Venice

    - Exhibitions
    Homo Faber Exhibition in Venice

    Significant Irish design and craft presence at cultural exhibition Homo Faber, Venice in September.

    Makers include: glass artist Róisín de Buitlèar; basket maker Joe Hogan; ceramicist Jennifer Hickey; glass artist Alison Lowry; silversmith Cara Murphy; sculptor Nuala O’Donovan; and artist and sculptural furniture maker Sasha Sykes.

    Dates: 14 - 30 September 2018

     

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  • Printmaking on Linen Exhibition

    - Exhibitions
    Printmaking on Linen Exhibition

    For this exhibition, printmaker Lucy Turner will be collaborating with the writing group 'Words for Castle Ward' inspired by the ancient Japanese Shibori fabric processes.

    Preview: Thursday 4 October, 7pm

    Dates: 4 - 27 October 2018

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Programmes

  • Sell Your Craft Online

    28-May-2020
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    Craft NI presents a series of five FREE training sessions for NI Makers, selected to help Sell Your Craft Online with limited time and resources.

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  • Orbit Update

    16-Apr-2020
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    This programme is fully booked and we’ve been working with Chris Murphy to re-configure it for on-line delivery via Zoom. If lockdown lifts before the last session(s) we’ll revert to face to face, and either way, we’ll have an in-person session at the end for everyone to get together and work through any remaining questions.

    If you need support with using Zoom, our colleagues at the Crafts Council have put together this useful guide.

    In response to the circumstances, Chris has re-structured parts of the programme so there is now some added content that will help you weather this storm and make it out the other side.

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  • 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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