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Interactive panel discussion for young male creativesTalks
The Time is Now – Creating a Space
Creating A Space & Blick Shared Studios have teamed up to create an event that will be an interactive panel discussion.
Date & TIme: 26 June 2018, 6:00-8:30pm
The Maker’s Hand: 50 years of the RDS Craft AwardsExhibitions
For fifty years the RDS Craft Awards have sought to promote the handmade by encouraging and rewarding Irish makers. This exhibition explores that history and in so doing, it celebrates Ireland’s rich history of making.
Dates & Times: 21 June - 17 August 2018, 10am to 5pm.
Robyn Galway 10 week Jewellery skills courseWorkshops
Join ethical jeweller Robyn Galway for a 10 week Jewellery course running from Sugary Studios on Castlereagh Street, Belfast this Summer.
Designs for a Creative Life: Selling, Influencing and SustainingTalks
Designs for a Creative Life: Selling, Influencing and Sustaining with Printmaker/Artist, Arts Manager, Author, Craft Curator, Designer & Workshop Facilitator René Mullin
British Ceramics Biennial - Embodied Clay workshopsWorkshops
National Summer School Opportunity Announcement with the British Ceramics Biennial
British Ceramics Biennial - Reimagining Tradition WorkshopsWorkshops
The British Ceramics Biennial proudly announces it’s third series of National Summer School workshops this year
UUB 2nd Year Ceramics, Jewellery and Silversmithing ExhibitionExhibitions
The Ulster University Second Year Ceramics, Jewellery and Silversmithing Exhibition at the The Duncairn.
Exhibition preview tonight: Thursday 24th May from 6pm to 8pm.
Dates: Thursday 24 May to Friday 8 June 2018.
Bladesmithing workshop in the MournesWorkshops
This basic bladesmithing or knife making workshop covers the fundamentals of forging, grinding and heat-treating a blade. No experience is needed and the class will guide you through:
- Using a gas forge
- Forging the blade to shape
- Blade shaping, using grinder file and abrasive paper
- Heat treating
- Blade finishing, sharpening, and edge testing
Date & Time: 29 July 2018, 10am to 4pm.
Spinning Yarns Festival, at Antrim Castle GardensExhibitions,Fairs,Workshops
A Festival of Colour Creativity and Craft – Set in the stunning ANTRIM CASTLE GARDENS & CLOTWORTHY HOUSE Spinning Yarns is a ‘must do’ event for those passionate about yarn or simply seeking a great day out. Spinning Yarns is a two day festival celebrating the wonderful world of all things associated with wool & linen where we will showcase the colour, creativity and craft associated with these homespun yarns in all their forms.
Dates: 1-2 September 2018, 10am-6pm.
Material Language ExhibitionExhibitions
Material Language is a collaborative exhibition between four makers, who are commenting on our relationship with objects -hand-made, mass-manufactured or through nostalgia and memory.
Chris Banks, Elaine McCully andRhiannon Ewing – James are bound by a fascination with the stuff of everyday life. They each recognise the ability of certain objects and materials to resonate with meaning – memories of childhood, domestic routines and the human touch – that is, both a physical and aesthetic ‘touch.’ It is often the most ordinary objects that can induce the most nostalgia, and a desire to hoard, collect and arrange meaningfully. Each artist has a distinct approach to conveying the ‘language’ of material. Each firmly believes it is a commonly spoken and understood language. They invite you to look at the artworks, and find fresh eyes for looking again at the ‘ordinary.’
Dates: 19 May - 15 June 2018
YOU are invited to play your part in PROCESSIONS – one of the largest participatory artworks ever created. Produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, PROCESSIONS marks 100 years since some women in the UK won the vote. It was a big moment and we are celebrating it in a really big way. On Sunday 10th June 2018, join thousands of women to form four epic PROCESSIONS in the four political capitals of the UK – Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.
Women and girls, those who identify as women and non-binary individuals of all ages and backgrounds, are invited to create four living portraits of women today and walk with banners, pennants and flags they have made to express the lives, ideas and hopes of women in the 21st century.
Makers Market NI - Summer Craft FairFairs
The Makers Market NI Summer fair returns to Belmont Tower Belfast on Saturday 16th June 2018.
Craft in the CountrysideWorkshops
Enjoy a fantastic full day of crafting and food in the midst of the Antrim countryside with Crafty Adventures.
FUSED, The Art of Craft Exhibition 2018Exhibitions
The Art of Craft Exhibition 2018 - 'Fused'
Northern Irish ceramic artist Caroline Getty exhibits her new 3-dimensional ceramics and linen works for the first time in Armagh. The Art of Craft is an annual exhibition at the Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre showcasing the work of experienced makers and artists producing high quality craft and art works. Caroline’s new work also forms part of Northern Ireland’s first Linen Biennale 2018 celebrating the past, present and future landscape of linen in Northern Ireland.
Dates: 18 May to 14 July 2018.
2- Day Pit Firing Workshop with Patricia MillarWorkshops
Through demonstrations, tutoring and hands-on work, the workshop will take you through all the stages in the ancient technique of Pit Firing.
Dates: Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 June 2018
North Down Craft Collective - Maypole MarketFairs
Holywood has the only surviving maypole in Ireland and is still used every year on May Day. Join the North Down Craft Collective this May Day at their Maypole Market, where they will have a host of designer/makers showcasing a range of locally handmade craft.
This months charity partner is Lagan Dragons and the £1 entrance fee will go directly to the charity.
Date & Time: 12 May 2018, 10am - 4pm
Craft & Curiosity Market - LisburnFairs
The Craft & Curiosity Market is back at R-Space Gallery!
The gallery and courtyard will be transformed into a vintage market with beautiful craft, retro, upcycled goods and delicious food.
Daytime Market: 12 - 6pm
Evening event: 6 - 9pmDate: Saturday 12 May 2018
Meet The Maker - Elin JohnstonFairs,Talks
Artist/Maker Elin Johnston presents early ‘new work in progress’ as part of her new project ‘Narrowing The Distance – Linen Inspirations’ alongside R-Space Gallery’s Craft & Curiosity Market in Lisburn. Elin says- “....sharing my work and practice is always a pleasure and I do hope all will find it of interest, insight, and value.....”
Lasting Impressions, an exhibition of extraordinary objects, designed and crafted with integrity and ingenuity that will become the heirlooms of tomorrow.
Dates: 27 April 2018 to 4 July 2018
Spring Fling 2018Exhibitions,Open Studios
Northern Irish printmaker Gail Kelly selected to take part in Spring Fling 2018 - highly regarded as one of the UK’s most successful contemporary visual art and craft events.