News

  • Craft NI Bids Farewell to Orla McGrady

    03-Jul-2017
    Orla McGrady was at the operational helm of Craft NI for 10 years and saw the organisation through many wonderful achievements. A cherished colleague and friend, a stalwart of the arts sector here in Northern Ireland, and a hardworking advocate for designer-makers across the region, Orla may have moved on from the organisation, but her efforts will not go unnoticed or uncelebrated as Craft NI continues to promote and support craft around the country.
  • Wendy Ward Launches Retail Collection with Belleek

    15-Jun-2017
    Having secured a year-long placement with Belleek through Craft NI's 'making it' Programme, Wendy Ward has launched a retail collection with the renowned Pottery. Wendy is the first person in the company’s 160 year history to have their own range launched under the Belleek brand. Craft NI would like to wish Wendy the best of luck!
  • Glenda Hawkes Wins 2017 Craft In Business Award

    08-Jun-2017
    Craft NI, in partnership with Belleek Pottery, is pleased to announce that Textiles graduate Glenda Hawkes has won the prestigious 2017 Craft in Business Award, for her striking, innovative, and commercially viable knitwear products. Congratulations Glenda!
  • Craft NI Welcomes Back Sharyn McMaster

    16-May-2017
    Craft NI are delighted to announce the return of Sharyn McMaster to the organisation, having previously been a part of the team from 2015 to 2016 as a Support Officer. Sharyn returns to assume the new role of Operations Manager.  
  • NI Maker Gail Kelly (Algan Arts) Selected for Spring Fling

    11-May-2017
    Featured Craft NI Directory maker, and all round talent Gail Kelly, aka Algan Arts, has been selected to exhibit at Spring Fling '17 from 27-29 May. Craft NI would like to wish Gail the best of luck!
  • August Craft Month 2017

    17-Apr-2017
    August Craft Month is an annual celebration of contemporary craft and the applied arts in Northern Ireland. We can't wait to celebrate the vibrant craft sector in Northern Ireland with you! Visit augustcraftmonth.com for the comprehensive, brand new digital guide.
  • News Updates from Craft NI

    12-Apr-2017
    Alan Kane, Chief Executive Officer at Craft NI from 2012, retired at the end March 2017. Following four years in post he is looking forward to taking some time out to enjoy a more leisurely pace of life. The Board would like to thank Alan for his dedication and work for the craft sector here and wish him well in his retirement. 
  • NI Makers Selected for 2017 British Glass Biennale

    10-Apr-2017
    Joining the extensive list of designer-makers for the 2017 British Glass Biennale are NI Makers Andrea Spencer and Alison Lowry. Craft NI would like to wish them the best of luck! Congratulations!
  • Katie Larmour Design Reveals Collection for Heal's, London

    19-Mar-2017
    NI designer-maker Katie Larmour Design has recently launched an exclusive collaborative collection with the renowned Heal's of London. The textile designer is featured on the Craft NI Directory, and her work is certified by the Irish Linen Guild.
  • Staff Changes at Craft NI

    15-Feb-2017
    Craft NI is delighted to report that Rhiannon Ewing-James, Project Officer for Craft NI since August 2016, has been appointed the new Creative Producer at British Ceramics Biennial. However this sadly means she is no longer Project Officer for Craft NI, but we're thrilled to announce that Meadhbh McIlgorm has joined Craft NI to take up the role.
  • NI Makers Set to Shine at 'Future Lights' 2017

    24-Jan-2017
    Northern Ireland is represented this year by two emerging designer/makers in the international Future Lights Competition. Designer/makers Wendy Ward and Rhiannon Ewing-James are two of the six Future Lights candidates who will attend the Trade Fair “Ambiente, 10th-14th February 2017”, as well as a 10 day workshop in Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, Germany, in May 2017.
  • Craft NI hosts another successful placement with Queen’s University MA Student Meadhbh McIlgorm

    05-Dec-2016
    Craft NI were delighted once again this year to host a student placement through the Queen’s University MA in Arts Management. Meadhbh McIlgorm undertook her placement with us from March – July 2017, a research study placement looking at Audience Development opportunities for Craft NI and the craft industry in Northern Ireland.
  • Craft NI Selects Eight Makers for Showcase 2017

    09-Nov-2016
    As part of Craft NI's Export Development Training programme, eight designer-makers have been chosen to attend Showcase 2017 to present their work as part of the Craft NI Group Stand. We'd like to congratulate the makers for their hard work in preparation for the show, and wish them the very best of luck!
  • Cara Murphy Wins Rosy James Memorial Trust Award

    26-Oct-2016
    Cara Murphy, local silversmith and designer, has been announced as the latest recipient of the Rosy James Memorial Trust Award. Craft NI would like to congratulate Cara on winning, we couldn't be more thrilled for you!
  • The Perfect Gift This Winter 2016

    20-Oct-2016
    It's nearly that time of year again, and whether you are looking for gift ideas, decorative items for your home, or maybe would like to make your own, let Craft NI direct you to where you can find those perfect one-of-a-kind, locally designed and handmade items and their makers.
  • UK Craft Alliance Meets in NI

    17-Oct-2016
    Having recently completed a successful and fruitful trip to NI, Craft Northern Ireland would like to thank the Crafts Council, Craft Scotland, and DCCOI, for visiting.
  • Catherine Keenan Solo Show @ Liverpool Irish Festival

    05-Oct-2016
    Renowned NI glass artist Catherine Keenan currently has a solo show exhibiting at The Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival. The exhibition continues until 31st October.
  • Craft NI Launches New Programme for 2017

    26-Sep-2016
    Craft NI, with support from the Department for Communities, is pleased to announce a new, short programme aimed at mid-career makers to launch in early 2017. 'The Art of Presenting Craft' includes half-day seminars that are also open to the public, and those interested in or working in different areas of the creative sector in NI. 
  • Studio Souk Moves Location

    26-Sep-2016
    Beloved Belfast outlet for all things locally handcrafted, Studio Souk is moving a stone's throw away to a brand new location at the bottom of Ann Street. Due to open on the 8th of October, Craft NI would like to wish Studio Souk the best of luck with the move.
  • Craft NI bids farewell to Project Officer Rebecca Mairs

    18-Aug-2016
    We are sad to announce that Rebecca Mairs, who has been working as Project Officer with Craft NI since 2014, has moved on to pastures new. We'd also like to welcome Rhiannon Ewing-James to the Craft NI team.