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  • Introducing August Craft Month 2015


    Craft NI is delighted to announce that the programme for August Craft Month – the annual celebration of contemporary craft in Northern Ireland - is now available.

  • Guildhall celebration marks Craft Programme finale


    A celebration event held in the Guildhall last week to mark the finale of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s dedicated Craft Development Programme, has heard that the local craft sector is now at its “most active, vibrant and confident”.

  • Terri McStraw wins Craft in Business Award 2015

    Craft NI is pleased to announce that textile graduate Terri McStraw has won the prestigious Craft in Business Award, for her local fabric design plans with global appeal.



  • Students brew up some creative craft designs


    A group of creative talents from the North West Regional College have successfully come up with some exciting new ceramic designs for the Walled City Brewery as part of a special live project.

  • Responsive Website Released


    We are delighted to let you know that, with support from the Arts Council NI, an upgrade to to improve the experience for those on mobile and tablet devices is complete. We hope that the responsive website works well for you wherever you are viewing it.

  • Ballymena Business Centre Official Opening


    Ballymena Business Centre Official Opening 1st March 2015 Ballymena Business Centre officially opened their new Enterprise Hub in Ballymena Town Centre on the 18th of May 2015. This initiative includes the Church Street Craft Market - a 100% artist run retail space - which is located within the new development.

  • Get the Kilkenny Design Workshops iPad App


    Get the Kilkenny Design Workshops iPad App 27th February 2015 2015 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the official opening of the Kilkenny Design Workshops (KDW). KDW is credited with helping spark Ireland’s design economy and awakening contemporary Irish design over the lifetime of its activity (1965-88). Last week the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland with support from the Heritage Council launched a Kilkenny Design Workshops iPad App to give everyone a flavour KDW's impact on Irish design.

  • Database of Manufacturing and Production Facilities: Call for Entries


    The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland are in the process of compiling a database of educational institutions, collaborative workshops, organisation and companies who would be available to undertake commission/contract work within the Craft Sector. The deadline to submit an entry is the 17th of December, 2014 (please note extended deadline).

  • LightsOutNI


    As you may be aware, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) have indicated that their events fund, which distributed £1.1m to 65 different events across NI in its last round of grants, will not operate in 2015/16. #LightsOutNI is a campaign to reinstate this fund given its enormous benefit to tourism and the cultural economy.

  • NI Makers in the News in September


    NI Makers in the News in September 1st October 2014 August Craft Month may have come to a close but September was another great month of activity for Northern Irish designer-makers. Here are just a few highlights of what's been going on.

  • NI Craft on Film


    NI Craft on Film 2nd August 2014 ‘Costumes, Props, Armour, Weapons and More...’ celebrating local artists/ designers/ makers’ contribution to Northern Ireland’s screen industry is a must-see exhibition for any fan of NI film.

  • First Rosy James Memorial Trust Award Winner Announced


    First Rosy James Memorial Trust Award Winner Announced 30th June 2014 Silversmith Stuart Cairns was unveiled as first recipient of the Rosy James Memorial Trust Award on the most recent BBC Arts Show (19th June). Administered by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the new annual bursary, worth £15,000, gives makers the opportunity to develop exciting new work.

  • NI Makers in the News in June


    NI Makers in the News in June 20th June 2014 There have been so many great stories circulating about NI designer-makers making waves during last month. Here are just a few highlights of the exciting things that have been happening.

  • Derry City Council Craft Development Programme


    Derry City Council Craft Development Programme 17th June 2014 On the 20th of June, Derry City Council launch their Craft Development Programme. The programme is launched by new mayor, Brenda Stevenson, and Alan Kane, Chief Executive of Craft NI, will provide a presentation on the current status of the craft sector in Northern Ireland.

  • Face behind the Resource Space


    Face behind the Resource Space 7th June 2014 Craft NI would like to say a huge thanks and a sad farewell to Kasia Brown who has been on placement with us since March 2014 and who has played a key role in getting the our Resource Space launched and open to the public.

  • New Museums and Creative Industries Toolkit


    New Museums and Creative Industries Toolkit 6th May 2014 Across Northern Ireland museums and creative businesses - particularly craft and design - are increasingly working together, and the economic benefit of such collaborations is growing. The Northern Ireland Museum Council has created a toolkit to help these relationships grow and prosper.

  • IRUPA Nevin Spence Memorial Trophy


    IRUPA Nevin Spence Memorial Trophy 4th May 2014 Designed by renowned Northern Irish silversmith Cara Murphy, this piece was commissioned following the renaming of the IRUPA Young Player of the Year Award in memory of the Ulster centre, Nevin Spence. The piece was presented to Emma and Laura Spence at Ravenhill before journeying on to be awarded at the IRUPA ceremony (7th May).

  • Steensons New Collection Launches


    Steensons New Collection Launches 4th May 2014 Supported by the Creative Industries Innovation Fund, family goldsmiths Steensons are today (8th May) launching a new collection. 'Northern Reflections' which is inspired by Glenarm and its gorgeous surrounding.

  • Get the news in our weekly


    Get the news in our weekly 1st May 2014 Weekly on Wednesday, Unique Local Handcrafted - Craft NI's online social media digest dedicated to inspiring you to get out and celebrate Nothern Ireland's incredible culture of making, with news about craft related events, opportunities and advice for designer-makers and news about what's on in Northern Ireland.

  • Exporting Your Craft - Video