• Making a New Pathway for Craft in Northern Ireland


    Craft Northern Ireland and the Craft & Design Collective announce their merger. The two organisations, considered the cornerstones of the Craft Sector in Northern Ireland, are now working together for the benefit of Artist/Designer/Makers and the sector in a new body called Craft NI.

  • August Craft Month 2017 Near You!

    As August Craft Month 2017 bursts into life, we're delighted at the diverse range of exhibitions, workshops, talks, fairs, demos and more happening throughout Northern Ireland. This year sees our widest reach yet, and to celebrate, we've teamed up with wonderful makers and venues to showcase August Craft Month around the country.
  • SIAP: Artists' Career Enhancement Sceme Now Open for Designer-Makers

    The Artists’ Career Enhancement Scheme (as part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland's SIAP funding) is now available to designer-makers and those working in the crafts industry. Applications for all SIAP funding programmes must be submitted by 4pm on Thursday 24th August 2017. 
  • Craft NI Bids Farewell to Orla McGrady

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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!
  • News Updates from Craft NI

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.