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  • 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.


  • Final #FinditFriday for August Craft Month 2015


    28 August is the final #augcraft15 #FinditFriday. Check what's on this Friday, keep an eye out for social media clues as to where you might find one of two specially commissioned tote bags! All August Craft Month Friday programmed activity might have a special gift from us to you. Let us know if you've been lucky.

  • ID2015 Capsule Exhibition @Lyric Theatre


    This year, August Craft Month is set within the wider context of Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) – an all-Ireland initiative which promotes the work of designers across all design disciplines both at home and internationally. The Lyric Theatre, Belfast, is currently hosting 'Connections' a capsule exhibition of ID2015.

  • Demonstrations and Open Events


    August Craft Month provides the chance not only to see and buy highest quality contemporary craft from NI’s best designer-makers – it also offers the opportunity to meet the makers and maybe have a go yourself.

  • 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.