Call for submissions: August Craft Month 202025-Jun-2020
Coronavirus has rained on all our plans for our annual August Craft Month but we hope not totally dampened our spirits! We are aware that social distancing and severe limitations on physical events this year will significantly impact the kind of events that August Craft Month can attract.
Launch: Second Series of Making Conversations Podcast18-Jun-2020
Makers Robyn Galway & Jemma Millen return as hosts for this second series of Making Conversations Podcast. Series two launches on 18 June 2020 with episode one of ten new maker conversations; featuring Belfast School of Art graduate Zara McLaughlin of Zara Ceramics, speaking about ceramics, her making journey, lock-down graduations and more.
Episodes are released fortnightly on a Thursday, from the launch date 18 June 2020.
The Market for Craft: Discussions11-Jun-2020
The Crafts Council is hosting 5 conversations during July to help shape and energise the future craft market.
Call for Expression of Interest: Belfast PEACE IV25-May-2020 - Calls for Makers
Creative Communities artist-in-residence project is part of Belfast’s PEACE IV Action Plan which is financed through the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
Creative Communities is an engaging and exciting creative arts and heritage programme taking place as part of Belfast’s PEACE IV Action Plan and aims to bring people together from all sections of the community to engage in a wide range of bespoke arts or heritage projects. Creative Communities has been working across 8 themes and areas of the city to co-design these projects with various groups and individuals, and are now at an important stage of the process in which they are ready to recruit Artists-In-Residence for some of these themes / areas.
Deadline: Monday, 1 June 2020.
Call for Applications: The Great British Sewing Bee S711-May-2020 - Calls for Makers
Call for Applications: The Great British Sewing Bee S7
"We’re looking for the next collection of talented home sewers for the seventh series of The Great British Sewing Bee.
We hope that it will be safe to film The Great British Sewing Bee later in the year as planned and we are still encouraging applications. Filming will only take place when it is safe to do. We are closely monitoring the situation and following the advice of Public Health England. As a result, we may adjust how or when we carry out auditions. The safety and welfare of everyone involved in our productions is always paramount."
Deadline: 7 June 2020.
Call for Jewellers: Hand Medal Project11-May-2020 - Calls for Makers
Hand Medal Project
"As we witness how health professionals give their best to the community, risking their lives for us, we want to find a way to honour them. They should receive a medal, an offering given in gratitude and devotion. At some point this crisis will pass and there will be time to thank them for everything they did.
We intend to present as many healthcare workers as possible with a medal inspired by a traditional ex-vote to also mark that moment when we can glimpse the future."
Maker Meet Up 2 July Suzanne Lyle SIAP- Community
ACNI’s SIAP is open and Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts at ACNI joins us to explain how makers can avail of this support.
Maker Meet Up 25 June: August Craft Month- Community
Join us for our next Maker Meet Up on Thursday 25 June.
Maker Meet Up 11 June: Debbie Pocock, QEST- Community
Debbie Pocock, CEO of QEST will join Craft NI’s Maker Meet-Up on 11th June at 10.30am
Sell Your Craft Online28-May-2020
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.
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.
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.