News

  • EU Exit Mentoring from Belfast City Council

    25-Feb-2021
    EU Exit Mentoring from Belfast City Council

    Belfast-based small to medium sized businesses can request free, in-depth mentoring support to deal with significant challenges or make the most of EU Exit opportunities.

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  • ACNI announces £6.9m IERP funding

    25-Feb-2021
    ACNI announces £6.9m IERP funding

    The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, on behalf of Department for Communities (DfC) and in collaboration with Future Screens NI, has announced details of 1,562 individuals working in the Creative Economy, who are set to benefit from £6,910,794 of emergency funding.

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  • NI silversmith and the race that never was

    18-Feb-2021
    NI silversmith and the race that never was

    Created by NI silversmith Cara Murphy, the trophy for the 2020 Randox Health Grand National – the race that never was – has finally been unveiled during the 2021 Weights event. 

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Opportunities for Makers

  • Innovate UK EDGE seeks pottery suppliers for Dutch distribution

    15-Feb-2021 -
    Innovate UK EDGE seeks pottery suppliers for Dutch distribution

    Innovate UK EDGE is seeking to match pottery suppliers with a Dutch SME in pottery and kitchen trend products is looking for EU based suppliers of design pottery products under distribution services agreements (in this instance ‘EU’ relates to geography, so NI businesses are eligible).

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  • Blanc de Chine International Ceramic Art Award

    20-Feb-2021 - Calls for Makers
    Blanc de Chine International Ceramic Art Award

    The Blanc de Chine International Ceramic Art Award focuses on contemporary art using white porcelain. Online entries open until 15 May for the Biennale exhibiton in China later this year (dates tbc).

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  • Belfast City Council Cultural Support Programmes

    25-Feb-2021 - Funding & Grants
    Belfast City Council Cultural Support Programmes

    In recognition of the negative impact coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on the culture, heritage and arts sector Belfast City Council is pivoting their support programme to help the cultural sector and maintain their commitment to make 2023 a year of cultural celebration for Belfast.


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Events

  • NI Science Festival 2021 Explores Linen in Northern Ireland

    - Talks
    NI Science Festival 2021 Explores Linen in Northern Ireland

    NI Science Festival has commissioned a series of three stunning films documenting the past, present and future of the linen industry in Northern Ireland.

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  • China Now Conference:Cultural Exchange in the New Normal

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    China Now Conference:Cultural Exchange in the New Normal

    UK-China Exchange: Arts and Culture in a Pandemic

    During the COVID pandemic, a growing number of cultural activities in China have moved into virtual spaces, from art exhibitions, festivals and film screenings through to tours of the Palace Museum. To open the conference, we explore some of the innovative digital practices that have transformed the country’s cultural industry over the past year, and how these can empower and enrich future collaborations between China and the UK.

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  • Collect 2021

    - Exhibitions,Fairs
    Collect 2021

    The 17th edition of Collect, the international art fair for contemporary craft and design takes place online 26 February - 24 March 2021.


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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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