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  • August Craft Month update

    09-Jul-2020

    With an update on August Craft Month, we’re progressing with an online programme this year, which will include some keynote speakers, some sneaky peeks into makers’ studios as well as a juried August Craft Month exhibition

  • August Craft Month 2020

    09-Jul-2020
  • Cork Craft Month

    09-Jul-2020
  • Call for submissions: August Craft Month 2020

    25-Jun-2020

    Coronavirus has rained on all our plans for our annual August Craft Month but we hope not totally dampened our spirits! We are aware that social distancing and severe limitations on physical events this year will significantly impact the kind of events that August Craft Month can attract.

  • Launch: Second Series of Making Conversations Podcast

    18-Jun-2020

    Makers Robyn Galway & Jemma Millen return as hosts for this second series of Making Conversations Podcast. Series two launches on 18 June 2020 with episode one of ten new maker conversations; featuring Belfast School of Art graduate Zara McLaughlin of Zara Ceramics, speaking about ceramics, her making journey, lock-down graduations and more.

    Episodes are released fortnightly on a Thursday, from the launch date 18 June 2020.

  • The Market for Craft: Discussions

    11-Jun-2020

    The Crafts Council is hosting 5 conversations during July to help shape and energise the future craft market. 

  • Craft NI Craft Advisory Panel Announced

    21-May-2020

    As the sector lead body for craft in Northern Ireland, Craft NI is delighted to have established a Craft Advisory Panel who are contributing their time and expertise to advising us on the key material disciplines and on strategy and priorities.


  • Statement from the Arts Collaboration Network 12 May 2020

    21-May-2020

    The Arts Collaboration Network is a group of cultural sector support organisations that have been meeting for over 3 three years and includes representatives from music, theatre and dance, visual arts, voluntary arts, disability artists, business support organisations and the broader creative sector. Each of these organisations have been supporting and communicating the needs and challenges faced by their members and consistencies during the Covid-19 crisis.

  • Coronavirus Update

    09-Apr-2020

    RESOURCES FOR MAKERS DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK IN NI

     

    Updated 9 April 2020

     

    As restrictions continue, we’ve summarised some of the main sources of information and support.


     

  • Coronavirus Update.

    27-Mar-2020

    Coronavirus Update

    New update: Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

    Self-employed people will be able receive a taxable grant of 80% of their average monthly profits up to £2500 per month to help with the impact of the current health crisis.

    The scheme is open to any self-employed person with trading profits of up to £50,000 p.a and who make the majority of their income from self-employment, based on three years of accounts.Only those already in self-employment, who have a tax return for 2019 can apply although theChancellor confirmed that people would have an additional four weeks to file a 2019/20 tax return from today 26th March.

  • Local Goldsmiths commissioned to make Allianz Arts & Business N.I Awards.

    20-Jan-2020

    Local Goldsmiths, Cameron & Breen were commissioned to make this years Allianz Arts & Business N.I Awards.

    Based in Randalstown, Co. Antrim, Martin Cameron and Laura Breen's combined interest in sculptural Silversmithing has influenced their joint transition into Couture Jewellery.

  • Survey for Craft Makers in Northern Ireland

    13-Jan-2020

    The appetite for buying craft has increased dramatically over the past ten years, and we want to see the market grow even further. To this end, the Crafts Council and eight national partners*, including Craft NI, have already surveyed thousands of consumers - now we want to understand makers’ side of the story.

    The closing date is Friday 31 January 2020. 

  • Craft NI hosts exhibition of works from the Arts Council’s Contemporary Art Collection

    25-Nov-2019

    A special exhibition at Craft NI’s new Royal Avenue premises featuring selected works from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s contemporary art collection is now open. The exhibition has come about as part of the Arts Council’s new Art Lending Scheme, a free scheme which is open to curators, galleries, and organisations interested in putting works from the Collection on public display.

  • ​ Nominations to Craft NI’s Craft Advisory Panel

    14-Nov-2019

    If you are a designer-maker in Northern Ireland, we we want to hear from you on the issues that are important to you, which will help you develop in your work, or which are impacting on your business.

    As one part of improving our communications with the sector, we are proposing the establishment of a Craft Advisory Panel (CAP) to share ideas and initiatives about new developments in the disciplines. We would like your help in identifying the members of our first Advisory Panel.

    Deadline: Thursday 12 December

  • Belfast Design Week Pop Up Museum

    25-Oct-2019

    Belfast Design Week Pop Up Museum will be taking place in venues across Belfast including CRAFT NI on Saturday 9th November. The aim of this event is to highlight the design heritage and designer-makers.


  • Market For Craft Research Report

    22-Oct-2019

    Craft NI is partnering with the Crafts Council and seven other partners to undertake a study of the UK market for craft.

    The Crafts Council partners from across the UK are working together to investigate the characteristics of the market for craft, responding to what The Crafts Council describes as a “noticeable increase in interest in making, from high end purchases to everyday participation.”We want to understand more about how best to stimulate, support and grow that market. We want to know who’s buying craft, what they’re buying and why, how big the market is, how routes to market are changing now and in the near future, and what kind of infrastructure can best support the market. 

  • We have moved!

    19-Oct-2019

    We are pleased to announce that we are open in our new Premises. We are now located in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast near many arts and cultural venues including The MAC, Belfast Exposed, Black Box, the Art College and others. Alongside our gallery we have a new exhibition space which will showcase a wide range of Craft, Applied Art and Design as part of our changing exhibition programme.

    New Address: 115 - 119 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1FF

    Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10:30am - 5:30pm.

  • Michael Rice selected as finalist in the TCB 2020

    05-Oct-2019

    Ceramicist, Michael Rice, has been selected as the only Irish finalist in the Taiwan Ceramic Biennale 2020. 

    Michael Rice is and Irish designer maker currently based in Dubai. He specialises in ceramics and is particularly interested in firing procedures such as Raku, Smoke and Saggar firing; his work is also is concerned with surface, texture, natural geometry, gestalt principals and archetypal forms.

  • We are moving!

    18-Sep-2019

    MOVING UPDATE

    We are pleased to announce that we are moving to new premises to  115 - 119 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1FF 

    Please note; we will be CLOSED from 19 to 29 September 2019 and will OPEN again in our new space on Monday, 30 September 2019. 
     
    We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but look forwards to welcoming you in our new space!
  • CRAFT NI: Buy, See and Engage with Craft.

    03-Aug-2019

    Buy, See, Engage...

    Take a look at our digital campaign promoting all the excellent craft makers, retailers and galleries across Northern Ireland!