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  • 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.

  • 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.