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  • 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. 

  • Call for Tenders: Research Report - Increasing Resilience in the NI Craft Sector Post-Covid


    Craft NI is grateful to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for the award of funding under its Stability & Renewal Programme. The purpose of this funding will be to engage an appropriate person/people to carry out a short piece of research to look at the impact of the last year and Covid-19 on the Craft sector in Northern Ireland and to make recommendations on measures to support the sector. 

  • Call for Tenders: Online Craft Exhibitions


     Craft NI Online Exhibitions

    With thanks to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for funding awarded under its Stability & Renewal Fund, Craft NI wishes to tender for the development of an online Exhibitions function for its website. 
    Deadline for Tender Submissions: Monday 22 February 2021

    Craft NI is seeking to appoint a supplier to deliver this project by 29 March 2021.


  • Heritage Crafts Association Call for Trustees


    The Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) is the only UK-wide organisation set up to safeguard and promote the full breadth of traditional craft skills. They are looking for a Secretary and additional Trustees to join their passionate Board.

  • Arts Collaboration Network Statement Update Jan 2021


    Statement on 20 January 2021 from The Arts Collaboration Network, an informal network of the main sector support organisations and a number of creative hubs across Northern Ireland working to support the realisation of social and economic renewal and recovery. 



  • Nominate your Craft Hero


    National Design & Craft Gallery invites nominations of makers who have significantly impacted craft in Ireland, for a new touring exhibition reflecting on the evolution of craft and design in Ireland from 1971 – 2021.  Deadline 31 January 2021

  • HND Art and Design at Belfast Met


    Applications are now open for the NEW Pearson BTEC HND in Art and Design (Arts Practice) at Belfast Met, starting September 2021.

  • Restore


    Restore by Tree & Tide

    Wednesday 27 January for 4 weeks, 7-7.30pm via Zoom

    In these shifting and untethered times, you are invited to come engage in a series of simple and proven practises to feel better, resource yourself for what your days might hold and replenish what may have been lost.

  • Arts Council NI Survey Published


    Public turning to the arts for comfort and welcome distraction during the Pandemic

  • National Museum of Ireland acquires works from Alison Lowry


    The National Museum of Ireland has announced the acquisition of a selection of work by NI glass artist Alison Lowry, for its permanent collection. The work formed part of the Alison Lowry: (A) Dressing Our Hidden Truths Exhibition. 

  • Christmas Gift Guides


    Our Festive Gift Guides to help you Buy Local this Christmas

  • NI Jeweller recognised by Future Makers Fund


    Egle Banyte has been awarded Studio Support by the Future Makers fund from DCCI


  • Own Art now available at Craft NI Gallery


    Craft NI Gallery has joined the Own Art scheme, which offers individuals 0% loans for the purchase of contemporary art and craft.

  • IERP 2 opens on 17 December


    Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme second round opens for applications on 17 December 2020. Deadline 7 January 2021.

  • Creative Places and Faces Podcast


    Created by Irish author, Jackie De Burca, the Creative Places & Faces Podcast features interviews with creative people with a focus on the importance of place for their creative output.


  • Craft NI - Buy Local Craft Campaign


    Craft NI is leading a #Made to Give/Buy Local Craft marketing campaign. To support the craft sector this challenging Christmas, we encourage all designer-makers and craft retailers to use the campaign badges across social media and on their own websites to signpost the importance of buying local, handmade craft.



  • Craft NI - Where to Buy CAMPAIGN


    In this crucial pre-Christmas period, Craft NI will be running a 'buy local craft' marketing campaign to direct customers to craft retailers and designer-makers across Northern Ireland - for unique Christmas gifts and to support our talented local makers at this challenging time.

  • Prepare to Sell: Retail and Auctioneers


    Prepare to Sell: Retail and Auctioneers
    13 Nov 2020 10:30am–11:30am

    Free online session

  • Share your skills


    Thank you to everyone who completed our recent maker survey, which helped us map your collective training needs. We are currently building a plan to develop both immediate and longer-term resilience in the sector, with the first few sessions coming up in the weeks ahead (we hope to announce these next week).


  • New Makers welcomed to the Craft NI Gallery


    We're delighted to welcome 6 new makers to the Craft NI Gallery retail selection this month. Following our annual review and an open call for applications, the Quality Committee has selected work by:

    • Andrea Spencer - Glass
    • Emma Knight - Jewellery
    • Izabela Siudak - Textiles
    • Jakki Trainor - Ceramics
    • Ruth Osborne - Textiles
    • Tracey Johnston - Ceramics