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Retail Opportunity with National Trust and The Crafts Council UKCalls for Makers3-Aug-2019 - 16-Sep-2019
National Trust has partnered with the Crafts Council to sponsor the 2019 National Trust Artisan & Craft Retail Open Call.
In addition to developing a range exclusively for the National Trust, the winner of the open call will receive a profile on the Crafts Council Directory for the best UK makers, the opportunity to develop their professional practice at a Crafts Council professional development workshop and a one year subscription to Crafts magazine
Deadline for applications: Monday, 16 September 2019
Roots to Craft Festival with GROWCalls for Makers26-Jul-2019 - 19-Aug-2019
GROW South Antrim is now open for applications from crafters in Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council to take part in the Craft Festival Exchanges to Latvia and Finland.
Deadline for applications: Monday 19th August @ 12 Noon
Leitrim Sculpture Centre | North West Summer Open 2019 | Call for SubmissionsAwards & Competitions24-Jul-2019 - 24-Jul-2019
Leitrim Sculpture Centre invites artists based in the North West of Ireland to submit work for their Summer Open Exhibition. Artists from counties Mayo, Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Donegal, Fermanagh, Cavan, Tyrone, and Derry may apply.
Deadline: Wednesday, 24 July 2019 at midnight
Renegade Craft Fairs USA and London - Applications openCalls for Makers23-Jul-2019 - 22-Sep-2019
Applications are now open for Renegade Craft fairs in various cities in the USA and London
Materials Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and ExhibitionAwards & Competitions7-Feb-2020 - 9-May-2020
The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly 33rd annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition is now open for applications
Deadline: 29 September 2019
Launchpad 2019/2020Calls for Makers22-Jul-2019 - 15-Aug-2019
CRAFT NI’s Professional Development Programme for Emerging Craft Makers
Launchpad is a ten-month programme aimed at the emerging and enterprising Craft maker. It aims to equip 4 makers with the necessary skills to develop a sustainable, creative Craft business/practice in Northern Ireland.Deadline: Thursday, 15 August 2019
CRAFT NI | Information Session | Arts Council of Northern Ireland SIAPSeminars06-Aug-2019 - 06-Aug-2019
CRAFT NI | Information Session | Arts Council of Northern Ireland SIAP
DATE Tuesday 6 August 2019
TIME 10.30am to 12.30pm
VENUE Board Room, Cathedral Quarter Managed Workspace, 109-113 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1FF
CRAFT NI is holding an Information Session, open to all Craft makers.
Loewe Craft Prize 2020Awards & Competitions17-Jul-2019 - 30-Oct-2019
Applications are now open for the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize 2020.
All participants must be professional artisans of 18 years or older at the time of the submission of entries. Entries may be made by an individual or collective (as a ‘group submission’). Businesses and mercantile companies of any kind are excluded. All nationalities are welcome.
Each participant can present either one single piece of work or one series of works, understood as a number of objects considered as a single artistic creation (henceforth, ‘the Work’). This should fall within an area of the applied arts and, as a guide, within the following categories: ceramics, bookbinding, enamelwork, jewellery, lacquer, metal, furniture, leather, textiles, glass, wood, paper, etc.
Deadline: 30 October 2019
Handwerk & Design 2020Calls for Makers11-Mar-2020 - 15-Mar-2020
A trade fair held in Munich, Handwerk & Design is the biggest and most important forum for contemporary handicraft in the field of applied arts and crafts in the German-speaking region.
National and international visitors from the arts community will be visiting Munich from 11-15 March 2020!
Deadline to Apply: July 2019
Call for applications: The Queen Elizabeth Scholarships and ApprenticeshipsFunding & Grants16-Jul-2019 - 23-Aug-2019
QEST offers Scholarships and Apprenticeships of up to £18,000 for the education of talented and aspiring craftspeople.
This call opens on 16 July 2019.
Deadline: Friday, 23 August 2019
Opportunity for Ceramicists: 2019 International Ceramic Industry Expo China (Liling)Calls for Makers28-Sep-2019 - 03-Oct-2019
"Liling International Ceramic Expo 2019” is an international ceramics trade exhibition held in Liling city, Hunan Province, China.
Support is provided by the host, including; flights, accommodation and interpretive services. As international exhibitors there will be no cost for the stand.
Call for Applications- ACNI Support for the Individual Artist ProgrammeFunding & Grants05-Jul-2019 - 15-Aug-2019
Applications are now invited for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland's Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP)
Artists may apply to one or more of the programmes and projects must take place between 1st November 2019 and 31st October 2020.
The programme is open to artists of all disciplines and in all types of working practice, who have made a contribution to artistic activities in Northern Ireland for a minimum period of one year within the last five years.
Deadline: Thursday, 15 August 2019, 4pm
Call for Applications: Space CRAFT NI GalleryCalls for Makers01-Jul-2019 - 29-Jul-2019
Applications are now open for Space CRAFT NI.CRAFT NI is the sector lead body for Craft in Northern Ireland. CRAFT NI is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.Space CRAFT NI is our retail gallery where we celebrate and showcase Craft and support Craft makers.KEY DATESApplication Deadline | Online by Monday 29 July 2019Notification | By Monday 12 August 2019Delivery of Work | By September 2019
Calling all UK Craft makersCalls for Makers02-Jul-2019 - 02-Aug-2019
If You've ever wanted to be on a Gordon Ramsay produced show, Studio Ramsay would like to hear from you
Studio Ramsay is making a brand new series for a major UK broadcaster, where the nation’s craft makers will compete to create jaw dropping craft makes, and wow their judges and celebrity guests.
Deadline to apply: Friday 2 August 2019
Northlands Creative Artist PrizeAwards & Competitions02-Jul-2019 - 12-Jul-2019
North Lands Creative in Caithness, Scotland is hosting an exhibition showcasing the developing talent of artists. Open to national and international artists whether you are self-taught, a student or have graduated, as long as you are within 10 years of starting your practice with glass.
The Developing Artist Prize exhibition will be held during their esteemed Glass Nexus Forum 10-11 August 2019.
Deadline to apply: 12th July 2019
Call for Applications: International Glass & Ceramic Biennial 2020Calls for Makers01-Jul-2019 - 01-Oct-2019
The International Glass & Ceramic Biennal 2020 is open for applications. The biennial shows artists at every point in their career, from emerging to established artists, representing nearly every craft technique.
Deadline: Tuesday, 1 October 2019
The Anna Cheyne Visual Arts Award 2019Awards & Competitions25-Jun-2019 - 26-Jul-2019
The Anna Cheyne Visual Arts Award 2019 is now open.The award is open to practising visual artists working in any medium. All candidates must be aged 25 years or over and either have been born in Northern Ireland, be a resident of Northern Ireland, or have parent(s) who were born in Northern Ireland
Deadline for applications: 4pm Friday 26 July
The Great Pottery Throw DownCalls for Makers1-Jun-2019 - 23-Jun-2019
The Great Pottery Throw Down is back!
We are looking for enthusiastic people with the skill and passion for all things ceramic! If you can throw with confidence and hand build with flair - then why not put your skills to the ultimate test. The search has begun for Britain's Best Home Potter to showcase their talents on the third series of The Great Pottery Throw Down.
Deadline: Sunday 23 June 2019.
Call for Applications: Chaiya Art AwardAwards & Competitions1-Jun-2019 - 18-Jul-2019
The UK's biggest art awards exploring spirituality through the visual arts The winners will exhibit at London's South Bank Galler @oxo. The Chaiya Art Award is open to any artists and covers all mediums including painting, drawing, sculptre, ceramics, glass, textiles, mixed media, photography and video.
Top prize: The Chaiya Art Award £10,000
Public Choice Award: £1,000
Deadline: Thursday, 18 July 2019
Call for Applications: NCAD Ireland Glass Biennale 2019Calls for Makers01-Jun-2019 - 01-Aug-2019
Call for Applications: NCAD Ireland Glass Biennale 2019
The Ireland Glass Biennale (IGB) is a juried exhibition showcasing excellence in contemporary glass by international artists, designers and craft practitioners.
The exhibition will open on 24 October 2019 at the Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle Gardens, and will be shown until 5 January 2020.
Deadline for applications: Thursday, 1 August 2019, 12pm.
Call for Applications: Winston Churchill Memorial TrustAwards & Competitions15-May-2019 - 17-Sep-2019
Call for applications that explore the innovative use of any of the arts for the built environment.
This includes contemporary and heritage arts, crafts and design in any genre, and applies to public or private space. Projects may relate to designing, making, commissioning, access, education or commercial uses, applications are particularly encouraged from practitioners in these areas.
Deadline: Tuesday, 17 September 2019