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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
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 & Competitions07-Feb-2020 - 09-May-2020
The Greater Denton Arts Council 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