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Island Arts Centre: Artist in Residence OpportunityResidencies27-Nov-2019 - 31-Mar-2020
The ISLAND Arts Centre are currently offering an exciting opportunity to become an Artist in Residence. ISLAND Arts Centre is a vibrant arts hub located along the River Lagan with scenic views along the towpath but close to the A1 and M1 for easy transport links.
Deadline: Tuesday 31 March 2020.
ForM Sculpture Exhibition 2020Calls for Makers09-Dec-2019 - 03-Feb-2020
ForM Sculpture Exhibition is an annual outdoor exhibition hosted by the Arts Service of Ards and North Down Borough Council. Artists are invited to make submissions for this open air exhibition in the beautiful surroundings of Bangor Castle Walled Garden, Co. Down.
DEADLINE: Monday 3 February 2020, at 12 noon
Tender - Professional Development Seminars for Craft Designer MakersSeminars25-Nov-2019 - 16-Dec-2019
Craft NI is seeking proposals by written tender for the delivery of a series of five craft maker-focused business development training seminars, to be delivered in calendar year 2020 between January and October. These sessions will be publicly accessible but will also form part of Craft NI’s Launchpad professional development programme for designer makers in Northern Ireland.
Deadline: Monday 16th December 2019, 4pm
Rural Business Development Grant Pilot SchemeFunding & Grants18-Nov-2019 - 18-Dec-2019
This Scheme, funded under the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affair’s Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (TRPSI) Programme, is now open for applications. Rural business development grants of between £500 and £4,999 are available to micro enterprises based in a rural area to support them to sustain or grow.Application Deadline: Wednesday 18 December 2019, at 12 noon.
Call for Submissions: Queer Craft Special Issue, Decorating DissidenceCalls for Makers21-Nov-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
Call for Submissions, Decorating Dissidence has invited Daniel Fountain to be a guest editor for a special issue relating to queer craft, due for publication in Spring 2020. They are now looking for pieces of writing, exhibition reviews, maker interviews, artwork (or creative responses more broadly) around themes of queer identity and the legacies modernist craft.
LAB.14 Art ContestAwards & Competitions21-Nov-2019 - 29-Nov-2019
The Lab.14 art contest, is a call for submissions open to all kind of artists. Works allowed in the art competition are: drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, graphics, mix media and video. A great opportunity for the artists, which can win a cash prize, have the opportunity to exhibit the artworks in Venice and much more. The competition provides for the selection of 12 finalists which will exhibit their works during the final exhibition of the contest, that will be held in Venice, at Imagoars Gallery, in early 2020.
Submission Deadline: 29 November 2019.
Open Call: Northern Ireland Assembly Gift & Coffee ShopCalls for Makers21-Nov-2019 - 28-Nov-2019
Continuing the successful collaboration between CRAFT NI and the Northern Ireland Assembly Gift and Coffee Shop at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, the initiative now invites applications from Northern Ireland based Artist/Designer/Makers for the period 2 December 2019 to 31 May 2020.
Application Deadline: Thursday 28 November at 5pm.
Open Call: Ceramics Ireland Triennial Exhibition 2020Residencies19-Nov-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
Following on from the success of Touchstone in 2017, Ceramics Ireland announce the 4th iteration in this triennial series in Aug - Oct 2020. Ceramics Ireland invite all ceramic makers, living in Ireland and Irish makers abroad to submit to this juried exhibition which will be launched at Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin in August and a capsule show will travel to Faenza Italy in September.
Submission deadline: 31 January 2020.
Exhibition Call Out: Spring Fling 2020 at ISLAND Arts CentreCalls for Makers13-Nov-2019 - 15-Dec-2019
Exhibition Opportunity: Spring Fling 23-25 May 2020 at ISLAND Arts Centre.ISLAND Arts Centre in partnership with Upland CIC presents an exhibition of works influenced by the theme of Across the Sea: The North Channel. Applications are now open to all Spring Fling 2020 participants, artists & makers living and working in NI.
Deadline: Sunday 15 December, 2019 by Midnight.
Re: New Wallace 3 - Open CallResidencies01-Jan-2020 - 01-Mar-2020
This Open Call represents a unique opportunity for one NI Artist/Maker to undertake a 1-week residency at The Wallace Collection London in early 2020 and a solo exhibition at R-Space in May/ June 2020.
Deadline: Monday 2 December 2019, 5pm
Flax Gallery Open CallCalls for Makers12-Nov-2019 - 29-Nov-2019
The newly refurbished and relaunched Flax Gallery at Mossley Mill is pleased to announce that it is accepting proposals from artists working in 2D or 3D media to be included in its 2020 exhibition programme.
Artists working in the following media are encouraged to apply: painting, print, sculpture, drawing, photography, digital, ceramic/glass and textile.
Call for Applications: All That Glitters - Amateur or Professional JewellersCalls for Makers21-Oct-2019 - 13-Dec-2019
Twenty Twenty Productions are pleased to announce that they have recently been commissioned to make a very exciting series for BBC Two, where we will be embarking on a talent search to find Britain’s most brilliant jewellery maker. Applications are invited from both amateur and professional jewellers.
Deadline: Friday, 13 December 2019.
Two spaces in Sugary Studios, 116a Castlereagh Street available immediatelyClassifieds25-Oct-2019 - 30-Nov-2019
1 large studio at £220p/m and 1 small studio with sink at £80p/m (all bills included)
Looking to buy a Floor Loom, Louet Hollandia CountermarcheClassifieds25-Oct-2019 - 20-Dec-2019
The maker has been working on a louet hollandia countermarche floor loom so she is ideally looking for something of a similar vein.
Expression of interest: Museum Shop Sunday Print Fair 1st December 2019Calls for Makers14-Oct-2019 - 23-Oct-2019
National Museums NI are holding a Print Fair on Sunday 1 December 2019 at the Ulster Museum as part of our annual Museum Shop Sunday event. They are asking interested traders to register an expression of interest by close of business on Wednesday the 23 October. Cost per table will be £40. We expect interest in this event to be high!
The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards 2020Awards & Competitions14-Oct-2019 - 10-Jan-2020
The Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council is an organisation that promotes the highest standards in design and craftsmanship within the jewellery, goldsmithing, silversmithing industry and allied crafts.As part of the promotion of excellence the Council runs the annual Craftsmanship & Design Awards.
Deadlines: 10 January for: SECTIONS 1 – 9 (2D Designs). 20 & 21 January for: SECTIONS 10 – 31 (All 3D Entries)
Call for Applications: Big Bauble 2019Calls for Makers07-Oct-2019 - 21-Oct-2019
The Big Bauble is the CRAFT NI Gallery's Christmas Pop-Up Event taking place during November and December 2019.With Christmas on the horizon, this is a great opportunity for you to sell your work, right in the heart of Belfast City Centre, to an audience who already appreciate Craft, Applied Art & Design.
Deadline: Monday, 21 October 2019
Call for Applications: DCCOI Education Manager PostClassifieds07-Oct-2019 - 16-Oct-2019
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is currently recruiting for an Education Manager.
Reporting to the Head of Education, Training and Development, the Education Manager is responsible for managing, developing and implementing innovative and progressive education related programmes to cultivate creative partnership links between education and industry sectors, in line with objectives outlined in Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s (DCCoI) Strategic Plan.
Deadline: Wednesday, 15 October 2019, 5pm.
Linen Biennale 2020 – Open CallCalls for Makers07-Oct-2019 - 31-Oct-2019
Open Call/Expressions of Interest
Following on from the success of N.Ireland’s inaugural Linen Biennale in 2018, Lisburn’s R-Space Gallery is at the Planning & Fundraising stage for next year’s events programme and is seeking Contributors, Collaborators, Partners, Researchers and Businesses to help them realise the second Linen Biennale N.Ireland.
Call for Applications: RDS Irish Craft Bursary 2019Calls for Makers16-Sep-2019 - 15-Oct-2019
The RDS Irish Craft Bursary is open to makers who are members of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland's (DCCoI) PORTFOLIO Programme.
Deadline: Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Top Drawer 2020 Call for Entries - Deadline extendedCalls for Makers17-Sep-2019 - 5-Nov-2019
Top Drawer 2020 is now open for entries for their trade show at Olympia, London.
12-14 January 2020.
Deadline to Apply Extended to: Tuesday 5th November 2019