• 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

  • MasterCraft Talks | Sharing Your Knowledge and Experience

    5-Sep-2020 - Calls for Makers
    MasterCraft Talks | Sharing Your Knowledge and Experience

    Following on from a very successful first two months of MasterCraft Talks, DCCI invites you to share your innovative and interesting learnings with other makers via this webinar series.

    Each 20-minute MasterCraft talk will give other designers and makers an insight from which they can learn and adapt to their own practice.

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  • DCCI’s Future Makers Awards & Supports 2020 | Deadline Extension

    5-Sep-2020 - Funding & Grants
    DCCI’s Future Makers Awards & Supports 2020 | Deadline Extension

    Following recent announcements in relation to COVID-19 and the continued closure of schools, colleges and businesses across the country, the deadline to apply for DCCI's Future Makers Awards & Supports has been extended to 30th September 2020


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  • Call for Applications: Craft NI Gallery

    01-Sep-2020 - Calls for Makers
    Call for Applications: Craft NI Gallery

    We are now accepting new applications for the Craft NI Gallery on Royal Avenue in Belfast.

    The gallery (formerly Space Craft) opened in 2007 and is designed to be a focal point for the commissioning, exhibition, promotion and sale of Craft.
    The Craft NI Gallery provides a great opportunity for makers to promote and sell their work, in Belfast's vibrant Cathedral Quarter with an established craft audience.
    DEADLINE: Monday, 14 September 2020, 5pm.
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  • Cushendun Craft and Trade Fair

    - Fairs,Community
    Cushendun Craft and Trade Fair

    Stalls showcasing local businesses with hand-made products, home-grown produce and second-hand books for sale. 12-13 September.

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  • Flax to Linen: Derryglen Flax Mill Open Day and Yard-Fest

    - Open Studios,Community
    Flax to Linen: Derryglen Flax Mill Open Day and Yard-Fest

    Flax to Linen

    Derryglen Flax Mill Open Day and Yard-Fest

    Including a fantastic series of live craft demonstrations. 

    Date: Saturday, September 12 2020.


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  • ForM Sculpture Exhibition

    - Exhibitions
    ForM Sculpture Exhibition

    A virtual exhibition showcasing the artists who were due to be exhibiting in ForM Sculpture Exhibition 2020.

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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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