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  • 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

  • Belfast Design Week Pop Up Museum


    Belfast Design Week Pop Up Museum will be taking place in venues across Belfast including CRAFT NI on Saturday 9th November. The aim of this event is to highlight the design heritage and designer-makers.

  • Market For Craft Research Report


    Craft NI is partnering with the Crafts Council and seven other partners to undertake a study of the UK market for craft.

    The Crafts Council partners from across the UK are working together to investigate the characteristics of the market for craft, responding to what The Crafts Council describes as a “noticeable increase in interest in making, from high end purchases to everyday participation.”We want to understand more about how best to stimulate, support and grow that market. We want to know who’s buying craft, what they’re buying and why, how big the market is, how routes to market are changing now and in the near future, and what kind of infrastructure can best support the market. 

  • We have moved!


    We are pleased to announce that we are open in our new Premises. We are now located in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast near many arts and cultural venues including The MAC, Belfast Exposed, Black Box, the Art College and others. Alongside our gallery we have a new exhibition space which will showcase a wide range of Craft, Applied Art and Design as part of our changing exhibition programme.

    New Address: 115 - 119 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1FF

    Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10:30am - 5:30pm.

  • Michael Rice selected as finalist in the TCB 2020


    Ceramicist, Michael Rice, has been selected as the only Irish finalist in the Taiwan Ceramic Biennale 2020. 

    Michael Rice is and Irish designer maker currently based in Dubai. He specialises in ceramics and is particularly interested in firing procedures such as Raku, Smoke and Saggar firing; his work is also is concerned with surface, texture, natural geometry, gestalt principals and archetypal forms.

  • We are moving!



    We are pleased to announce that we are moving to new premises to  115 - 119 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1FF 

    Please note; we will be CLOSED from 19 to 29 September 2019 and will OPEN again in our new space on Monday, 30 September 2019. 
    We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but look forwards to welcoming you in our new space!
  • CRAFT NI: Buy, See and Engage with Craft.


    Buy, See, Engage...

    Take a look at our digital campaign promoting all the excellent craft makers, retailers and galleries across Northern Ireland!

  • Golden Fleece Award launches newly-designed logo and website


    The goal of the new website is to create a more user-friendly platform that would highlight the quality of work and diversity of creative practices supported by the Golden Fleece Award.

    The new logo is based on the hand-lettered text of the original emblem created by the Award’s founder, Lillias Mitchell, for the Golden Fleece Weaving Workshop that she established at 84 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2 in 1946.


  • Processions Banner to be exhibited at the British Textile Biennial


    A processions banner created in Northern Ireland has been selected to be exhibited at the British Textile Biennial.

    The Banner was produced in a collaboration between The Institute for Conflict Research, the artist Rita Duffy, and over 30 women participants from various locations across Northern Ireland. 

  • Celebrate Northern Ireland’s Local Creative Talent with August Craft Month 2019


    Northern Ireland is set for another incredible celebration of Craft as August Craft Month begins once again. Showcasing the growing number of exceptional creative talent on its doorstep, August Craft Month will shine a spotlight on our renowned regional craft known across the globe and the new hidden gems making waves in the local craft world.

    With internationally-recognised makers, craft start-ups and increasingly popular hands-on craft activities, the vibrant craft sector is continually thriving in NI. August Craft Month is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the local talented artists, designers and makers across NI, each with their own personal story behind their unique craft.

  • CRAFT NI Director’s Report



    A report from the CRAFT NI Director, Katherine McDonald. 


    Updates on current and future developments at CRAFT NI. 

  • Visual Artists Ireland (NI) Arts Council of Northern Ireland SIAP Information Session


    Visual Artists Ireland (NI) are holding an Information Session, open to all artists (and Craft makers). The session aims to provide information about the Arts Council of Northern Ireland's Support for the Individual Artist Programme or SIAP which is due to open for applications in July 2019.

    Date: Wednesday, 3 July 2019, 11.30am to 1pm 

  • Making Conversations Podcast


    Making Conversations is a podcast from silversmith Robyn Galway and ceramicist Jemma Millen - both practicing makers and graduates from the applied art department of Ulster University, who share a love of making and craft. Join us on our journey of making conversations with local makers. 

    We are now LIVE! Listen to the very first episode of Making Conversations Podcast where we went on tour to the annual Ulster University Degree Show and spoke to some fresh, new makers due to graduate in 2019.

  • Launch of Another Économusée


    Hot Milk Forge is now the eighth Économusée in the UK.  It is an initiative of Eamonn Higgins.  Eamonn was a participant on the Craft Northern Ireland Making It Programme 2011 to 2013.

    There are currently eight Économusée workshops in Northern Ireland.  Five are food based.  The other three are Craft based and in County Antrim.  Steensons Jewellers in Glenarm, Scullion Hurls in Loughguile and Hot Milk Forge in Martinstown.