News

  • Coronavirus Update.

    27-Mar-2020
    Coronavirus Update.

    Coronavirus Update

    New update: Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

    Self-employed people will be able receive a taxable grant of 80% of their average monthly profits up to £2500 per month to help with the impact of the current health crisis.

    The scheme is open to any self-employed person with trading profits of up to £50,000 p.a and who make the majority of their income from self-employment, based on three years of accounts.Only those already in self-employment, who have a tax return for 2019 can apply although theChancellor confirmed that people would have an additional four weeks to file a 2019/20 tax return from today 26th March.

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  • Coronavirus Update

    16-Mar-2020
    Coronavirus Update

    RESOURCES FOR MAKERS DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK IN NI

    This is a time of unprecedented uncertainty for Northern Ireland makers and retailers, in light of the corona virus pandemic. We’ve summarised here some of the main sources of authoritative information on current developments and where you can access latest guidance and we’ll keep these updated.

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

    20-Jan-2020
    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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Opportunities for Makers

  • Call for Applications: Rosy James Memorial Trust Award

    16-Mar-2020 - Awards & Competitions
    Call for Applications: Rosy James Memorial Trust Award

    This unique award is directed at makers steeped in practice using materials singly or in combination. Such materials might include fired clay or glass; fine or base metals; textiles using any kinds of applications; wood; plastics; paper or other materials not included in this list, where the emphasis is based upon the transformation of materials through the use of sustained practice towards a series of critical outcomes.

    Deadline: Friday, 24 April 2020.

     

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  • AUGUST CRAFT MONTH 2020

    23-Mar-2020 - Calls for Makers
    AUGUST CRAFT MONTH 2020

    At the time of writing, Northern Ireland’s festival of craft is due to return this August, funding permitting and public health permitting. While we can’t say with certainty that August Craft Month will go ahead, we hope that it will. If it does not, we will work with funders, makers and other stakeholders in the sector to develop alternative plans to promote and showcase craft at a regional level across Northern Ireland this year.

    Deadline for event submissions: Friday, 12 June 2020. 

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  • Future Makers Award

    10-Feb-2020 - Calls for Makers
    Future Makers Award

    Awarding makers, designers and craftspeople who will shape the future.

    Future Makers is a Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) initiative. It offers a range of awards and supports to students and emerging makers. It is one of the largest prize-funded award programmes in Europe.

    Deadline: Tuesday, 31 March 2020. 

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Events

  • Sculptural Ceramic Workshop

    - Workshops
    Sculptural Ceramic Workshop

    Ashbrooke House has teamed up with Sandra Robinson and Helen Moore to deliver a 2.5 day ceramics course. 

    This is a really exciting opportunity to work with clay in a non-intimidating, and constructive framework. The course is open to beginners and advanced sculptures alike. In addition to making your own work to keep, the course promotes experimentation and the sharing of ideas. Clay-workers of all abilities welcome. 

    Dates: 10 - 13 May 2018

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  • Armagh Craft Fair 2018

    - Fairs
    Armagh Craft Fair 2018

    The annual Armagh Craft Fair returns to the Market Place Theatre on Saturday 26 May. Showcasing 45 designer/makers this event offers an amazing range of beautiful handmade craft to browse and buy. 

    With free children's craft workshops this is a family friendly event. You will also have a chance to try something yourself with opportunities to have-a-go throughout the day.

    Fantastic live music performances and great food served all day.
    Admission is FREE.

    Date & Time: Saturday 26 May 2018, 10:30am - 5pm
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  • British Craft Trade Fair

    - Fairs
    British Craft Trade Fair

    The British Craft Trade Fair will take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground in beautiful Harrogate place from 8 - 10 April 2018.

    The fair showcases work from exclusively British and Irish makers.

     

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Programmes

  • 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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  • 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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