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  • Call for Applications: Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Online

    Calls for Makers21-Sep-2020 - 04-Oct-2020
    Call for Applications: Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Online

    The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) in Manchester is one of the most prestigious in the UK and is renowned as the place to buy and commission unique and exceptional handmade work, attracting a discerning audience of buyers and collectors.

    A not for profit event, it features some of the best designer-making working in the UK (and further afield!). All exhibitors are selected for their excellence in their craft by an expert panel, to sell their work to the public and trade.

    Event Dates: 21-22 November 2020.

    Application Deadline: Sunday, 4 October 2020, Midnight.

     

  • Camphill Community Clanabogan Weavery Fundraiser

    Classifieds21-Sep-2020 - 31-Oct-2020
    Camphill Community Clanabogan Weavery Fundraiser

    The Camphill Community Clanabogan is raising funds for their weavery by selling some of their surplus materials. A large number of linen weaving yarns available. 

     

  • Call for Applications: Big Bauble 2020

    Calls for Makers24-Sep-2020 - 12-Oct-2020
    Call for Applications: Big Bauble 2020

    The Big Bauble is an annual feature in the Craft NI Gallery, showcasing a wide range of unique handmade baubles.

    KEY DATES:

    Application Deadline | Monday, 12 October 2020, 5pm.

    Notification | Monday, 19 October 2020.

    Delivery of Work | From week beginning 26 October 2020.

  • Festival UK*2022

    Commissions17-Sep-2020 - 16-Oct-2020
    Festival UK*2022

    Festival UK*2022 is a nationwide festival of creativity and innovation funded by the UK Government.

  • NMI and DCCI Commission

    Awards & Competitions17-Sep-2020 - 25-Sep-2020
    NMI and DCCI Commission

    National Museum of Ireland (NMI) and Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) announce a substantial commission in response to Covid-19.

  • ING Discerning Eye

    Calls for Makers9-Sep-2020 - 1-Oct-2020
    ING Discerning Eye

    The ING Discerning Eye is calling for entries for a brand-new edition in 2020. The show gives artists the opportunity to showcase their work in a unique virtual exhibition and win a range of prizes, including the ING Purchase Prize, worth £5,000. Deadline 1 October.

     

  • MasterCraft Talks | Sharing Your Knowledge and Experience

    Calls for Makers5-Sep-2020 - 30-Nov-2020
    MasterCraft Talks | Sharing Your Knowledge and Experience

    Following on from a very successful first two months of MasterCraft Talks, DCCI invites you to share your innovative and interesting learnings with other makers via this webinar series.

    Each 20-minute MasterCraft talk will give other designers and makers an insight from which they can learn and adapt to their own practice.

  • DCCI’s Future Makers Awards & Supports 2020 | Deadline Extension

    Funding & Grants5-Sep-2020 - 30-Sep-2020
    DCCI’s Future Makers Awards & Supports 2020 | Deadline Extension

    Following recent announcements in relation to COVID-19 and the continued closure of schools, colleges and businesses across the country, the deadline to apply for DCCI's Future Makers Awards & Supports has been extended to 30th September 2020

     

  • Call for Applications: Craft NI Gallery

    Calls for Makers01-Sep-2020 - 14-Sep-2020
    Call for Applications: Craft NI Gallery

    We are now accepting new applications for the Craft NI Gallery on Royal Avenue in Belfast.

    The gallery (formerly Space Craft) opened in 2007 and is designed to be a focal point for the commissioning, exhibition, promotion and sale of Craft.
    The Craft NI Gallery provides a great opportunity for makers to promote and sell their work, in Belfast's vibrant Cathedral Quarter with an established craft audience.
    DEADLINE: Monday, 14 September 2020, 5pm.
  • Tyrone Guthrie Centre | Craft and Design Residency Bursary 2020

    Residencies1-Sep-2020 - 14-Sep-2020
    Tyrone Guthrie Centre | Craft and Design Residency Bursary 2020

    Applications now open for the Craft and Design Residency Bursary 2020 at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre for a week-long residency Monday 12 – Monday 19 October.
     
     

  • Golden Fleece Award 2021

    Awards & Competitions1-Sep-2020 - 27-Nov-2020
    Golden Fleece Award 2021

    The Golden Fleece Award's annual Open Call for applications is now live. The deadline for entries for the Golden Fleece Award 2021 is 5pm on Friday 27 November 2020.

  • Kirstie's Handmade Christmas 2020

    Calls for Makers1-Sep-2020 - 5-Sep-2020
    Kirstie's Handmade Christmas 2020

    Raise the Roof Productions are inviting crafters to be part of Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas 2020.

  • Call for Applications: August Craft Month | Competition with the Ulster Museum Shop

    Calls for Makers27-Aug-2020 - 18-Sep-2020
    Call for Applications: August Craft Month | Competition with the Ulster Museum Shop

    This year for August Craft Month, Craft NI has partnered with the Ulster Museum to create a fantastic opportunity for a selected maker or makers to sell their work through the Ulster Museum shop in the run up to Christmas. 

    Application Deadline: Friday, 18 September 2020 at 5pm

  • Digital Craft Festival November 2020

    Calls for Makers01-Aug-2020 - 28-Aug-2020
    Digital Craft Festival November 2020

    Following the success of their first Digital Festival back in June, Craft Festival Bovey Tracey will host another Digital Craft Festival on November 27-29 with 120 makers. 

  • BCTF Online September 2020

    Calls for Makers20-Sep-2020 - 22-Sep-2020
    BCTF Online September 2020

    Following the success of their first online fair, the organisers of BCTF Harrogate have announced a second edition on 20-22 September, to help get the retail community ready for a bumper Christmas.


  • PS² Freelands Artist Programme 2021-2022

    Calls for Makers1-Aug-2020 - 19-Sep-2020
    PS² Freelands Artist Programme 2021-2022

     

    PS² invites emerging or re-emerging Northern Ireland-based artists to apply for the PS² Freelands Artist Programme 2021-2022, a two-year creative and professional development programme for emerging artists funded by the Freelands Foundation.

    Deadline 19 September 2020

     

  • Royal Mint Folio Design Team: Call for Applications

    Calls for Makers01-Aug-2020 - 31-Oct-2020
    Royal Mint Folio Design Team: Call for Applications

    Opportunity to join the Royal Mint's select portfolio of freelance artists providing designs for coins and medals.

    No deadline published

  • UK/Australia Season 2021-22

    Calls for Makers1-Aug-2020 - 17-Aug-2020
    UK/Australia Season 2021-22

    The UK/Australia Season will explore and celebrate the relationship between Australia and the UK across the arts, creative industries, and higher education.

    Deadline 17 August 2020

  • Applications for Schmuck and Talente

    Calls for Makers1-Aug-2020 - 5-Oct-2020
    Applications for Schmuck and Talente

    “Schmuck” and “Talente” are special shows at the Internationale Handwerksmesse (IHM) in Munich. The exhibitions are organized for the Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen (GHM) by the Department for Fairs and Exhibitions of the Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern under the direction of Wolfgang Lösche.

    Application deadline 5 October 2020

  • TOAST virtual creative residency

    Residencies01-Aug-2020 - 04-Sep-2020
    TOAST virtual creative residency

    Crafts Council UK is partnering with lifestyle brand TOAST on its annual creative residency this autumn, which will take the theme ‘Flux and Flow’ as its inspiration – inviting emerging artists and makers from anywhere in the world to apply. 

  • Future Edit

    Calls for Makers01-Aug-2020 - 02-Sep-2020
    Future Edit

    Crafts Council UK are seeking applications from this year’s BA craft and design graduates, to exhibit and sell work at the Crafts Council Gallery this autumn. Future Edit will present work from a selected group of talented graduates, offering the public an opportunity to buy exciting work from gifted emerging makers, and support them in launching their careers.