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Arts & Cultural Development

Contemporary craft practice is a central element in the arts and cultural sector in the UK and developing artistic quality is a core objective of the work of Craft NI. 

Craft NI understands quality as work that:

  • is challenging and extends practice as well as ensuring high standards of technical skill and design;
  • does not seek to reproduce or restore but is innovative in its use of materials and aesthetic vision;
  • reflects the signature of the individual maker and demonstrates investigation of processes and critical enquiry at a high level.

Craft NI works closely with key partners to advance both artistic practice and promote the value of craft within the arts and cultural worlds.  Our key activities include August Craft Month, promoting a programme of exhibitions through fora such as the Craft Exhibitions Group, developing critical writing around craft practice in NI and a series of talks and seminars.

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