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  • Craft Hub for Northern Ireland Survey

    The Craft & Design Collective and Craft Northern Ireland have been resourced by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to examine the feasibility of a Craft Hub for Northern Ireland. Please take a moment to complete the survey, before 5pm, Monday 13 March 2017.
  • Staff Changes at Craft NI

    Craft NI is delighted to report that Rhiannon Ewing-James, Project Officer for Craft NI since August 2016, has been appointed the new Creative Producer at British Ceramics Biennial. However this sadly means she is no longer Project Officer for Craft NI, but we're thrilled to announce that Meadhbh McIlgorm has joined Craft NI to take up the role.
  • NI Makers Set to Shine at 'Future Lights' 2017

    Northern Ireland is represented this year by two emerging designer/makers in the international Future Lights Competition. Designer/makers Wendy Ward and Rhiannon Ewing-James are two of the six Future Lights candidates who will attend the Trade Fair “Ambiente, 10th-14th February 2017”, as well as a 10 day workshop in Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, Germany, in May 2017.
  • Craft NI Selects Eight Makers for Showcase 2017

    As part of Craft NI's Export Development Training programme, eight designer-makers have been chosen to attend Showcase 2017 to present their work as part of the Craft NI Group Stand. We'd like to congratulate the makers for their hard work in preparation for the show, and wish them the very best of luck!
  • Space CRAFT Is Moving; Postpones 20 I 10 Exhibition

    After ten years up the escalator in Unit B9 at the Fountain Centre, Space CRAFT is moving down the escalator to Unit A7 at the Fountain Centre, next door to Sawers. As such, the Craft & Design Collective's August Craft Month '20 I 10' exhibition has been postponed.
  • NI Makers Win at 2016 Etsy Awards

    Craft NI would like to congratulate Rebecca Killen and Katie Brown on winning at the 2016 Etsy Awards. Rebecca Killen has won the Regional Award for Northern Ireland and Katie Brown has won the Bronze Award in the Fashion & Accessories category. Well done!
  • NI Makers Get Set for New Designers, London

    New Designers, taking place from June 29-July 1, presents an unmissable opportunity to buy new products for your store or home, get inspired by fresh ideas and discover new design talent to commission or recruit. Craft NI would like to wish all the NI makers attending the best of luck!
  • NI Makers Amongst 2016 Etsy Awards Finalists

    With the 60 finalists announced for the 2016 Etsy Awards, Craft NI would like to congratulate NI makers Katie Brown & Rebecca Killen on being shortlisted. We're sure that they'll do well amongst a wealth of fabulous work.
  • Thank You and Good Luck to Sharyn McMaster

    Craft NI is sorry to bid goodbye to Project Support Officer Sharyn McMaster, who has worked with Craft NI for the last year and a half. The Craft NI Board and Staff would like to thank her for her significant contribution to the work of Craft NI and the craft sector, and wish her every success in her new post at Audiences NI and all future endeavours.
  • Six Makers Chosen for Assembly Gift Shop Initiative

    Craft NI, in association with the NI Assembly Gift Shop, have chosen the six new makers to both showcase and sell their work at the gift shop, from May 1st - October 31st 2016. Congratulations to Jemma Millen, Slieve Croob Silver, Patricia Miller, Signature Woodcraft, Victoria Bentham, and Jupiter Red!
  • Stuart Cairns and Cara Murphy at V & A 'Silver Speaks'

    Silver Speaks is an 11-month long series of events to be held around the country to celebrate the exceptional level of creativity and skill in British silversmithing today. The spotlight will shine on some of the most exciting artists and designers – exploring the diverse applications of the material, from the experimental to the traditional, the sculptural to the functional. Fantastic news then, that NI makers Stuart Cairns and Cara Murphy are taking part in the exhibition!


  • Submissions Open for Creativity Month March 2016

    Event submissions are now open for 2016's month-long celebration of creativity and the Creative Industries in the north of Ireland. You can submit information online, but bear in mind the deadline is January 25th 2016. 
  • New 'Design Centre' @ Southern Regional College


    'The Design Centre' is a new initiative at Southern Regional College that will give students the opportunity to work to real-time, dedicated briefs in preparation for a career in the design industry. Makers, designers, developers and all manner of creatives can benefit from the experience being offered. 

  • Belfast Design Week

    Taking place between 2-8 November, Belfast Design Week is a series of specially curated events to promote and celebrate design and the creative economy in Belfast and beyond.
  • Next Craft Conversations @RSpace, Lisburn

    Craft NI invites you to the next Craft Conversation taking place on the 21st of October, 4-6pm, at R-Space’s new exhibition, Nothing Is Ever As It Seems, featuring work by artists working in a range of disciplines.
  • New Craft NI Directory Logo

    Introducing the new Craft NI Directory logo designed for makers who have been selected for listing on the Craft NI Directory.
  • Glass Artist Scott Benefield wins Rosy James Memorial Trust Award

    An annual craft bursary, the Rosy James Memorial Trust Award, has been awarded to talented glass Artist, Scott Benefield. This unique bursary, administered by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland on behalf of the Rosy James Trust, aims to assist craft makers to develop a body of work which might otherwise have been unattainable.
  • NI Makers on the Move: Scandinavian Style


    There are too many makers on the move to mention all – but we notice a distinct focus on Scandinavian destinations this last month or so.

  • NI Makers @London Design Festival


    The Etsy Four Corners of Craft exhibition is now on at London Design Festival, uniting UK contemporary craft, in partnership with the Crafts Council and Tent London. The exhibition highlights the variety and high quality of contemporary work from  selected designer-­makers selling on Etsy.

  • August Craft Month Exhibitions @Millennium Court Arts Centre

    Two new exhibitions celebrating the creativity and diversity of Ireland’s designer makers officially launched this year’s August Craft Month at the Millennium Court Arts Centre in Portadown and can be viewed until the 23rd of September.