News

  • Maker Training Survey

    24-Sep-2020
    Maker Training Survey

    Craft NI is continuing to develop our maker support options. We plan to run some sessions in the next couple of months, others will be delivered in 2021. The programmes will include both free and paid options presented by industry experts, and elements of peer-to-peer learning where makers can share their experience with one another (we will pay contributing makers for their time).

    We would be delighted if makers would take a few minute to complete this short survey, so we can align our planning with your current needs.

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  • Craft NI Jobs

    17-Sep-2020
    Craft NI Jobs

    Two temporary posts announced: Craft NI Development & Communications Officer and Craft NI Gallery Intern.

    Closing date for Applications: Thursday 1 October 5pm

     

     

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  • Covid-19 and the challenge of recovery for the NI arts and culture sector

    08-Sep-2020
    Covid-19 and the challenge of recovery for the NI arts and culture sector

    The Arts Collaboration Network have worked with colleagues in the arts sector to identify key areas that require support to enable our arts sector to survive and recover. 

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Opportunities for Makers

  • The Big Retail Space Giveaway

    17-Oct-2020 - Awards & Competitions
    The Big Retail Space Giveaway

    Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council are running a prize draw to win a free retail space in Antrim Castle Mall for 3 months

     

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  • Open Call: British Ceramics Biennial 2021 AWARD

    15-Oct-2020 - Calls for Makers
    Open Call: British Ceramics Biennial 2021 AWARD

    Applications for British Ceramics Biennial 2021 AWARD exhibition are now open. Deadline 8 December 2020.

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  • IDA Awards 2020/2021

    15-Oct-2020 - Funding & Grants
    IDA Awards 2020/2021

    The IDA Award 2020/2021 is now open for submissions.

    Deadline: 4pm, Friday 13th November 2020

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Events

  • Blick Academy for Creative Startups: How to Transform Your Business with a Simple Newsletter with Little Pink Kitchen

    - Workshops,Talks
    Blick Academy for Creative Startups: How to Transform Your Business with a Simple Newsletter with Little Pink Kitchen

    Blick Academy is an ongoing series of events and workshops for creative industry start-ups, freelancers and small businesses all about sharing skills and knowledge within the creative community. Join us for this session with Sarah Patterson from Little Pink Kitchen as she shares her tips on how to make your businesses newsletters engaging and bring real impact to your business.

    Date & Time: Tuesday 29 May 2018, 6:30 – 8:00pm

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  • Blick Academy for Creative Startups: How to Make Connections & Build Your Network

    - Workshops,Talks
    Blick Academy for Creative Startups: How to Make Connections & Build Your Network

    Blick Academy is an ongoing series of events and workshops for creative industry start-ups, freelancers and small businesses all about sharing skills and knowledge within the creative community. Join us for this session with Peter Edgar, Mark O’Donnell & Orla McGreevy as they share their tips and advice on how best to make meaningful connections & build your network to help your business grow.

    Date & Time: Tuesday 24 April 2018, 6:30 – 8:00pm

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  • Antrim & Newtownabbey Craft Sector Event

    - Talks
    Antrim & Newtownabbey Craft Sector Event

    Are you an Artist/Designer/Maker living in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Area?

    If yes, then this event may be of interest to you.

    GROW South Antrim is working with partners in Finland, Estonia and Mexico on a project to support rural craftspeople in the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey through the NI Rural Development Programme (2014 – 2020). The project may involve craft skills development and exchanges, and access to international marketplaces. For this project, we are keen to target craft businesses, or those carrying out craft with the potential of turning their hobby/craft practice into a part-time or full time business.

    Date & Time: Thursday 19 April 2018, 7pm

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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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