Introducing August Craft Month 2015

Craft NI is delighted to announce that the programme for August Craft Month 2015 – the annual celebration of contemporary craft in Northern Ireland - is now available.

Offering over 150 events; craftspeople, galleries, studios, local arts venues, community hubs, based in stunning locations across Northern Ireland, are welcoming everyone to be part of the vibrant, exciting and innovative design-led craft sector in Northern Ireland.

This is the Irish Year of Design 2015, an all-Ireland initiative to promote the work of designers across a broad range of design disciplines. Craft is a major component of the year and August Craft Month, in particular, brings a month-long showcase of the contribution of NI designer-makers.

There are so many great opportunities for everyone to get involved throughout and we invite you to take the opportunity to connect with and experience the best of contemporary craft by seeing, making or buying it! Find the online programme at

Highlights include:

Jul 31 – Sept 23: Millennium Court Art Centre, Portadown, presents two exhibitions: August Craft Month launch exhibition 'ONTOGENY: Vessels by Sara Flynn' including an artist's talk on the 15 August in the setting of the exhibition, and making it: 10 (in partnership with Craft NI).

Jul 31-Aug 9: The Creative Peninsula 2015, happening across Ards Peninsula and North Down. This mighty programme of exhibitions, open studios, workshops, creative cafes, craft fairs and much more, is an excellent way to connect with the artists and crafts people working and living in the area – most creating work inspired by this incredible location.

Starting Early: If you can’t wait for August, Forming Words is a touring exhibition from London’s Flow Gallery on now in Limavady, presented by the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre. Linen Futures launches at R-Space Gallery, Lisburn, on the 18th July.

Jul 31 – Aug 17: Lunasa Festival of Art and Craft presented by Ring of Gullion Handcrafts and Art takes place at South Armagh including an exhibition, demonstrations, open studio visits and taster sessions for all ages.

Aug 6- Sept 9: In the Making at the Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen. Here works from the Fermanagh County Museum collection are presented alongside responses by contemporary designer-makers.

Aug 7-29: From the Festival of Britain to 10 Downing Street at Space CRAFT, Fountain Street, Belfast – an exhibition presented by the Craft and Design Collective which actively explores the relationship between craft and design. The Craft and Design Collective present their annual CRAFT FEST 2015, at Castle Ward on the bank of beautiful Strangford Lough on the 14-16 August 2015.

Aug 1 – 31: Workshops. From Laser-craft to Intermediate Crochet, have a look and see what you would like to try this August. The August Craft Month guide gives you a day-by-day schedule of the tremendous variety of workshops and talks available throughout the month.

Aug 15-Aug 31: Five Artists Show in a Byre – an exhibition of work by contemporary local makers Sharon Adams, Alice Clark, Katy English, Noel McCullough and Rory Shearer, at the Byre Studios, Ballymena.

Aug 6 & Aug 11: Craft NI retail programme – aimed at both designer-makers and sellers of contemporary craft, this programme features talks by the Irish Design Shop and retail expert Shalina Alabaksh, and a ‘Meet the Buyer’ showcase.

Fridays in August Craft Month: A special treat for those taking part in August Craft Month activities on Fridays during August Craft Month. For #FinditFriday we have commissioned designs from two exceptional NI designer-makers of very special tote bags (artwork in one case and design/making in the other). A tote bag will be hidden in six separate venues - exhibitions, workshops, etc - waiting for you to find every Friday!

August 2015 and beyond: Craft Map – plays a big part in the August Craft Month celebrations as always. Check the map if you are visiting Northern Ireland to see where you can find open studios, outlets and galleries to visit.

About August Craft Month

August Craft Month is an annual celebration of contemporary craft in Northern Ireland. It is delivered by a partnership of craft-related organisations across Northern Ireland. August Craft Month is an initiative of Craft Northern Ireland, and is supported by Arts Council NI and Invest NI

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