• Maker Training Survey

    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

    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

    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

  • Call for Applications: Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Online

    21-Sep-2020 - Calls for Makers
    Call for Applications: Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Online

    The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) in Manchester is one of the most prestigious in the UK and is renowned as the place to buy and commission unique and exceptional handmade work, attracting a discerning audience of buyers and collectors.

    A not for profit event, it features some of the best designer-making working in the UK (and further afield!). All exhibitors are selected for their excellence in their craft by an expert panel, to sell their work to the public and trade.

    Event Dates: 21-22 November 2020.

    Application Deadline: Sunday, 4 October 2020, Midnight.


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  • Camphill Community Clanabogan Weavery Fundraiser

    21-Sep-2020 - Classifieds
    Camphill Community Clanabogan Weavery Fundraiser

    The Camphill Community Clanabogan is raising funds for their weavery by selling some of their surplus materials. A large number of linen weaving yarns available. 


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  • Call for Applications: Big Bauble 2020

    24-Sep-2020 - Calls for Makers
    Call for Applications: Big Bauble 2020

    The Big Bauble is an annual feature in the Craft NI Gallery, showcasing a wide range of unique handmade baubles.


    Application Deadline | Monday, 12 October 2020, 5pm.

    Notification | Monday, 19 October 2020.

    Delivery of Work | From week beginning 26 October 2020.

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    - Community

    100 UK organisations - including 14 across Northern Ireland - to create 100 unique banners for PROCESSIONS in collaboration with female artists and community groups


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  • DIY Silkscreen Printing - Crescent Arts Centre

    - Workshops
    DIY Silkscreen Printing - Crescent Arts Centre

    In this course you will develop the skills needed to produce silkscreen prints at home.During the course you will learn about mixing inks, making your own silkscreen frame and how to print repeated patterns.The printing methods taught can be applied to fabrics including t-shirts and bags, posters, cards and much more. The opportunity to create work for your own chosen project will also be an option. This course is designed to be fun, practical and in a relaxed environment.

    Date: Thursday 12 April 2018 until Thursday 07 June 2018

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  • Nigel Cheney Lecture

    - Talks
    Nigel Cheney Lecture

    Applied Arts Northern Ireland presents a lecture by Nigel Cheney, 'Unravelling the Archive - 50 Years in 50 Minutes.' 

    Location: North West Regional College, Derry.

    Date & Time: Thursday 22 March 2018, 10am

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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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