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  • August Craft Month – Craft in the Cathedral Quarter Series


    August Craft Month – Craft in the Cathedral Quarter Series

    This year for August Craft Month, Craft NI teamed up with the Cathedral Quarter Trust to create ‘Craft in the Cathedral Series’.
    We worked with the talented photographer, Carrie Davenport, to capture some of the unique locally handmade craft in different Cathedral Quarter venues - we love how contemporary NI craft looks good in so many different settings. 
  • Launchpad Programme | Makers Announced


    We are delighted to present the selected makers for Craft NI's Launchpad program.

  • Northern Ireland craft to be showcased around the world


    Craft NI prepares for a unique August Craft Month 2020

  • Selected makers in partnership with Cork Craft and Design announced


    Bernadette Tuite - ceramics and glass, will exhibit in 'Unlocked' for August Craft Month to represent Cork Craft and Design and NI's own Claire Mooney - silversmith, has been selected to exhibit her work in Cork Craft and Design in partnership with August Craft Month and Cork Craft Month.

  • Audrey Whitty to join Kim Mawhinney for 'Unlocked Exhibition'


    Kim Mawhinney Craft NI board member and 'Unlocked' curator will be joined by Dr Audrey Whitty to select the exhibition prize winner.


  • R-Space Gallery is continuing to provide support to the community thanks to the National Lottery’s COVID-19 Support Package.


    R-Space Gallery in Castle Street, Lisburn, has received £47,000 from Arts Council National Lottery funds to support their re-opening in Lisburn City amid the COVID-19 pandemic with a deferred annual programme commencing on the 12thSeptember 2020. The grant will allow R-Space to continue to provide its regular artistic services including exhibitions, workshops and activities, engaging with local artists, community groups and members of the public.

  • August Craft Month update


    With an update on August Craft Month, we’re progressing with an online programme this year, which will include some keynote speakers, some sneaky peeks into makers’ studios as well as a juried August Craft Month exhibition

  • August Craft Month 2020

  • Cork Craft Month

  • Call for submissions: August Craft Month 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 Podcast


    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: Discussions


    The Crafts Council is hosting 5 conversations during July to help shape and energise the future craft market. 

  • Craft NI Craft Advisory Panel Announced


    As the sector lead body for craft in Northern Ireland, Craft NI is delighted to have established a Craft Advisory Panel who are contributing their time and expertise to advising us on the key material disciplines and on strategy and priorities.

  • Statement from the Arts Collaboration Network 12 May 2020


    The Arts Collaboration Network is a group of cultural sector support organisations that have been meeting for over 3 three years and includes representatives from music, theatre and dance, visual arts, voluntary arts, disability artists, business support organisations and the broader creative sector. Each of these organisations have been supporting and communicating the needs and challenges faced by their members and consistencies during the Covid-19 crisis.

  • Coronavirus Update




    Updated 9 April 2020


    As restrictions continue, we’ve summarised some of the main sources of information and support.


  • Coronavirus Update.


    Coronavirus Update

    New update: Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

    Self-employed people will be able receive a taxable grant of 80% of their average monthly profits up to £2500 per month to help with the impact of the current health crisis.

    The scheme is open to any self-employed person with trading profits of up to £50,000 p.a and who make the majority of their income from self-employment, based on three years of accounts.Only those already in self-employment, who have a tax return for 2019 can apply although theChancellor confirmed that people would have an additional four weeks to file a 2019/20 tax return from today 26th March.

  • Local Goldsmiths commissioned to make Allianz Arts & Business N.I Awards.


    Local Goldsmiths, Cameron & Breen were commissioned to make this years Allianz Arts & Business N.I Awards.

    Based in Randalstown, Co. Antrim, Martin Cameron and Laura Breen's combined interest in sculptural Silversmithing has influenced their joint transition into Couture Jewellery.

  • Survey for Craft Makers in Northern Ireland


    The appetite for buying craft has increased dramatically over the past ten years, and we want to see the market grow even further. To this end, the Crafts Council and eight national partners*, including Craft NI, have already surveyed thousands of consumers - now we want to understand makers’ side of the story.

    The closing date is Friday 31 January 2020. 

  • Craft NI hosts exhibition of works from the Arts Council’s Contemporary Art Collection


    A special exhibition at Craft NI’s new Royal Avenue premises featuring selected works from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s contemporary art collection is now open. The exhibition has come about as part of the Arts Council’s new Art Lending Scheme, a free scheme which is open to curators, galleries, and organisations interested in putting works from the Collection on public display.

  • ​ Nominations to Craft NI’s Craft Advisory Panel


    If you are a designer-maker in Northern Ireland, we we want to hear from you on the issues that are important to you, which will help you develop in your work, or which are impacting on your business.

    As one part of improving our communications with the sector, we are proposing the establishment of a Craft Advisory Panel (CAP) to share ideas and initiatives about new developments in the disciplines. We would like your help in identifying the members of our first Advisory Panel.

    Deadline: Thursday 12 December