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  • 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.

  • Craft Forum 2019: Agenda


    Thank you to everyone who registered for the Craft Forum on Tuesday, 11 June 2019. 


    The Forum is an event aiming to bring together makers and those with an interest in the Craft sector in Northern Ireland to provide feedback on Craft NI's plans and programmes. It will also give us an opportunity to share experiences, network and to identify opportunities and areas for development for the Craft sector in Northern Ireland.


  • New Appointments at CRAFT NI


    We’re pleased to announce some new faces at Craft NI following a recruitment process and recent Board meeting. 

  • Craft Forum: Registration


    We have pleasure in inviting you to CRAFT NI's first Craft Forum on Tuesday 11th June in The Mac, Belfast.

    Deadline for Registration is Thursday, 6 June 2019, 5pm.

    Date: Tuesday 11 June 2019
    Time: 10am to 1pm
    Venue: The MAC, 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast, BT1 2NJ
  • Gail Kelly of Algan Arts to show work as part of Spring Fling 2019 Scotland


    Spring Fling is a vibrant visual art and craft open studios event covering the length and breadth of Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland.

    Dates: Saturday and Sunday, 25 and 26 May 2019

  • Belfast Met new HND in Art & Design


    Belfast Met new HND in Art & Design

    From September 2019, Belfast Met will be offering a new multi-disciplinary Higher National Diploma in Art & Design. This will be a two-year full-time course aimed at students who wish to purse or develop their careers in the creative industries.

  • CRAFT NI | Craft Forum | Survey


    CRAFT NI | Craft Forum | Survey

    CRAFT NI is planning a Craft Forum meeting.

    The first meeting will be a half-day session and will take place in Belfast.

    To this end we are conducting a survey to find out from you, the Craft makers and stakeholders, what your preferred session would be.
    Deadline: Sunday, 5 May 2019, 5pm.


  • LUACHANNA: PINCH x Mourne Textiles


    MOURNE TEXTILES and furniture brand PINCH present their collaboration LUACHANNA: a collection of wall hangings and cushions to celebrate artistic making, symbolising the shared values that both brands employ in their collections and approach to creating elegant and dimensional products.

    Installation open: 8 – 10 May, 09:30 – 17:30, 11 May 10:00 – 16:00 

    Demonstrations: 8 and 9 May, 10:00 and 14:00

  • Art in the Loft Series "Gifts from the Sea"


    An exhibition of sculptural work formed from driftwood and delicate floral paper sculptures

    19 April 2019 - 6 May 2019