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  • 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 

  • Call for Event Registration: August Craft Month 2019


    August Craft Month 2019 | Call for Event Registration

    CRAFT NI invites you to register a Craft-related event for August Craft Month 2019.

    August Craft Month is Northern Ireland's Annual Celebration of all things Craft. 

     Apply now.

  • The Arts Council announces Annual Funding of £12.8 million for 97 key arts organisations


    Government funds of £8.4million will maintain the core costs of 97 arts organisations while £4.3 million of National Lottery funding will support their programming costs.

  • BBC 2 Arts NI Presents - Ones to watch


    Featuring 5 artists including makers Anne Butler - ceramics and Mairead McCormack - textiles.

    A great showcase of local craft. Also featured are illustration, gaming and screenwriting.


  • Recruitment: Craft NI - Director


    Craft NI is seeking a skilled leader, with vision, passion and a strong entrepreneurial approach who can drive and build the momentum of the organisation as they move forward.

    Deadline for applications: Friday, 29 March 2019

  • Emerging Artist to exhibit in New York in April 2019


    Northern Ireland based Textile Artist Mairead McCormack will be exhibiting her solo show 'Formidable Parallels' at the Irish Arts Center in New York in April 2019.

  • March Meet the Maker


    2019 Instagram challenge that takes place throughout the whole of March. Keep an eye out for your favourite makers or join in to showcase your craft business story. 

  • Gail Kelly exhibition in the Design Gallery, Leeds.


    A solo exhibition of local maker Gail Kelly's hand stitched linen collages will take place in the Craft Centre and Design Gallery in Leeds.

    Dates: 2 February - 22 June 2019.
  • Retracing Nature Exhibition



    Local silversmith, Stuart Cairns, exhibit work at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery in Zurich.

    Exhibition dates: 9 February - 30 March 2019 


  • ACNI Public consultation: Draft of 5-year Strategic Framework for Developing the Arts 2019-2024


    Public consultation is now open for Draft 5-year Strategic Framework for Developing the Arts 2019-2024

    Deadline: Friday, 22nd March 2019, 4pm.

  • Mairead McCormack awarded ACNI residency in India


    Young emerging artist Mairead McCormack has been chosen to represent Northern Ireland on an Indian adventure of discovery.

  • Sheena Devitt from Killyleagh, Co Down has been awarded the Rosy James Memorial Trust Award


    Stone sculptor, Sheena Devitt, from Killyleagh, County Down, has been awarded the Rosy James Memorial Trust Award, an annual craft bursary worth £15,000.

  • Michael Rice, Anne Butler and Michael Moore selected for Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale


    Award winning ceramicists selected for International Ceramic Biennale in Korea.

  • Wrapped UP Belfast at Christmas


    Wrapped UP Belfast is a celebration of Irish made ceramics, jewellery, textiles, art, photography, print right in the heart of Belfast’s Castlecourt! 

  • Shane Porter represented by Thrown Contemporary at London Art Fair


    Belfast based Ceramic Designer Shane Porter will exhibit at London Art Fair in a special spotlight on contemporary ceramics, represented by contemporary ceramics gallery, Thrown Contemporary, at stand G43 from 16-20 January 2019

  • Elin Johnston - "Meet The Maker" Talk


    Elin Johnston recently completed a 'Meet The Maker' talk with a group of sixth form students at Lagan College Belfast as part of her 'arts development and engagement' activities supported by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and Island Arts Centre.

  • The Potters Cast - Rebecca Killen Ceramics Episode


    Graduate of the Making It Programme 2013-15, Rebecca Killen has been featured on the latest episode of the popular podcast series 'The Potters Cast'.

  • The Only Thing that is Constant is Change


    Hi, my name is Katherine McDonald and I’m the Interim Director at CRAFT NI.

    I came on board in November to the merged CRAFT NI, and will be working with the team here to help the organisation engage further with the sector over the next few months until a new permanent Director is in place.

  • Claire Mooney appointed to design and create Award pieces for Allianz Arts & Business NI 2019 Awards


    Arts & Business Northern Ireland is working with local artist, Claire Mooney, who has won the recent commission to design and create the Awards pieces for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2019.

  • Craftsmanship is thriving in Northern Ireland. Belfast is now a city with a fast growing culture of making.


    "Craftsmanship is thriving in Northern Ireland. Belfast is now a city with a fast growing culture of making."

    This is a quote from Kevin McCloud during the Grand Designs – RIBA House of the Year Final last night on Channel 4. Last night’s houses on the long list were grouped under the theme of interesting materials and craftsmanship.