• Call for submissions: August Craft Month 2020

    Call for submissions: August Craft Month 2020

    Coronavirus has rained on all our plans for our annual August Craft Month but we hope not totally dampened our spirits! We are aware that social distancing and severe limitations on physical events this year will significantly impact the kind of events that August Craft Month can attract.

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  • Launch: Second Series of Making Conversations Podcast

    Launch: Second Series of Making Conversations Podcast

    Makers Robyn Galway & Jemma Millen return as hosts for this second series of Making Conversations Podcast. Series two launches on 18 June 2020 with episode one of ten new maker conversations; featuring Belfast School of Art graduate Zara McLaughlin of Zara Ceramics, speaking about ceramics, her making journey, lock-down graduations and more.

    Episodes are released fortnightly on a Thursday, from the launch date 18 June 2020.

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  • The Market for Craft: Discussions

    The Market for Craft: Discussions

    The Crafts Council is hosting 5 conversations during July to help shape and energise the future craft market. 

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Opportunities for Makers

  • Call for Applications: Cork Craft and Design and Craft NI Sustainability Exhibition

    29-Jun-2020 - Calls for Makers
    Call for Applications: Cork Craft and Design and Craft NI Sustainability Exhibition


    As part of August Craft Month NI and Cork Craft Month, Craft NI and Cork Craft & Design are collaborating on a maker exchange with retail and exhibition opportunity. Applications are invited from makers in NI to be part of CCD's Craft month exhibition and to have retail work stocked in CCD Gallery in Douglas Co. Cork. A Cork-based maker will also be chosen to take part in Craft NI's August craft Month exhibition. This is a lovely opportunity to gain exposure to new audiences and customers in Cork, where Craft Month is a well-established event in a network of visitors from overseas over the years. Craft NI will cover delivery costs of work to Cork.

    Deadline: Thursday, 9 July 2020, 5pm

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  • Open Call: August Craft Month Exhibition

    25-Jun-2020 - Calls for Makers
    Open Call: August Craft Month Exhibition

    Taking centre stage in August Craft Month 2020, the UNLOCKED exhibition will showcase the work of NI makers with a physical exhibition in the Craft NI Gallery accompanied by an online version.

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  • 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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  • 2- Day Pit Firing Workshop with Patricia Millar

    - Workshops
    2- Day Pit Firing Workshop with Patricia Millar

    Through demonstrations, tutoring and hands-on work, the workshop will take you through all the stages in the ancient technique of Pit Firing.

    Dates: Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 June 2018

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  • North Down Craft Collective - Maypole Market

    - Fairs
    North Down Craft Collective - Maypole Market

    Holywood has the only surviving maypole in Ireland and is still used every year on May Day. Join the North Down Craft Collective this May Day at their Maypole Market, where they will have a host of designer/makers showcasing a range of locally handmade craft.       

    This months charity partner is Lagan Dragons and the £1 entrance fee will go directly to the charity.

    Date & Time: 12 May 2018, 10am - 4pm

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  • Craft & Curiosity Market - Lisburn

    - Fairs
    Craft & Curiosity Market - Lisburn


    The Craft & Curiosity Market is back at R-Space Gallery!

    The gallery and courtyard will be transformed into a vintage market with beautiful craft, retro, upcycled goods and delicious food. 

    Daytime Market: 12 - 6pm

    Evening event: 6 - 9pm

    Date: Saturday 12 May 2018


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  • Sell Your Craft Online


    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


    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


    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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