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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
2nd Chaiya Art Awards, Top Prize £10,000Awards & Competitions13-Sep-2019 - 18-Oct-2019
Art award exploring spirituality through the visual arts.
Deadline: 18 Oct 2019
North Wales Contemporary Craft Fair Winter 2019Calls for Makers13-Sep-2019 - 20-Sep-2019
The second North Wales Contemporary Craft Fair to be held at MOSTYN in Llandudno, North Wales on Saturday 2nd November 2019, 10.30am - 5.00pm.
Applications are now being taken for a limited number of seller places at the fair. £75 per table.Deadline: Friday, 20 September
The Artist's CommissionCommissions12-Sep-2019 - 25-Oct-2019
Artists based in Northern Ireland are invited to tender for the commission of the Awards pieces to be presented at the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards in January 2020.
Deadline 25 October 2019
The Golden Fleece Award's annual Open Call for applications is now live for 2020Awards & Competitions11-Sep-2019 - 29-Nov-2019
Funding for artists working in all forms of visual, craft and applied artsDeadline: Friday, 29 November 2019 at 5pm
Artists in Residence Opportunity: Marble Arch Caves & Global GeoparkCalls for Makers11-Sep-2019 - 3-Oct-2019
Fermanagh & Omagh District Council (FODC) are commissioning public art through an Artist in Residence (AiR) programme for a visual / craft artist
Deadline: Tuesday, 3 October 2019
OPEN CALL: CRAFTING FUTURES GRANTFunding & Grants11-Sep-2019 - 6-Oct-2019
Interested in the future of craft around the globe? Travel, collaborate, learn and share.Deadline: Sunday, 6 October 2019
Schmuck 2020 - Call for Jewellery applicantsCalls for Makers11-Sep-2019 - 8-Oct-2019
“Schmuck 2020“is a special jewellery show during the 72nd International Trade Fair Munich (IHM) in hall B1 at the fair ground Munich.Deadline for applications: Tuesday, 8 October 2019
Púca Festival Co. Meath - call for makersCalls for Makers10-Sep-2019 - 27-Sep-2019
Independent artist, maker and craft stallholders - FREE opportunity at Púca Festival
Deadline for expression of interest: Friday, 27 September 2019
Free spaces for arts events, activities and workshopsCommunity6-Sep-2019 - 6-Sep-2019
Cityside retail and leisure Park, Belfast and The Junction Retail and Leisure Park, Antrim are keen to support local arts groups and organisations in their vacant retail units.
Ceramic Art London 2020 - Call for EntriesCalls for Makers6-Sep-2019 - 1-Oct-2019
International Contemporary Ceramics Event
Deadline for Applications: Tuesday, 1 October 2019
Flowerfield Arts Centre Christmas market applications now openCalls for Makers6-Sep-2019 - 25-Sep-2019
Christmas Craft Market runs from 23 November to 23 DecemberApplication deadline: Wednesday, 25 September at 5pm
Call for Applications: DCCOI External Exhibitions Fund 2020Calls for Makers26-Aug-2019 - 18-Oct-2019
Call for Applications: DCCOI External Exhibitions Fund 2020
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland invite applications for the External Exhibitions Fund 2020 (EEF), which was established to assist DCCoI members in the development of high-quality, independent exhibitions as individuals, organisations or groups including DCCoI Guilds, Associations, Networks & Societies (GANS).Deadline: 18 October 2019
Avoca seek producers of Irish made products and collaboration | Expression of Interest with DCCOICalls for Makers30-Aug-2019 - 30-Sep-2019
Avoca Ireland are currently seeking to purchase Irish made craft and design that has been produced in Ireland. Additionally they are seeking producers to collaborate with on Irish made collections under the Avoca brand name.
Avoca is working with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Market Development team on an initiative aimed at businesses that are retail ready and suited to this market.
Closing date: 30th September 2019
County Down Rural Micro Capital Grants Scheme 2019Funding & Grants02-Sep-2019 - 27-Sep-2019
The scheme is funded under the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs tackling rural poverty and social isolation programme.
Deadline for applications: Friday, 27 September 2019 at 4pm
Setting Masterclass with Niall PaisleySeminars10-Sep-2019 - 13-Sep-2019
This workshop is for higher education tutors, technicians and associated staff who have direct contact with students.
DATE: Tue 10 – Fri 13 September 2019
TIME: 9.30 – 17.00 Tuesday – Thursday + Friday 9.30 – 12.00 followed by a public engagement session at Ulster Museum from 13.30 – 15.30
COST: Free to attend for current NI and Republic of Ireland further / higher education tutors, technicians and associated staff who have direct contact with students
Call for Applications: Building Arts Programme 2020Calls for Makers19-Aug-2019 - 04-Nov-2019
In partnership with The Prince’s Foundation, QEST are pleased to announce the launch of The Building Arts Programme. Intended for students of architecture, building crafts and decorative and applied arts, this interdisciplinary programme will provide a space for rediscovering shared learning and practice, enabling students to explore the multifaceted nature of the built environment.
Deadline: Monday, 4 November 2019, 12pm.
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