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Calls for Makers 23-Mar-2020 - 12-Jun-2020

At the time of writing, Northern Ireland’s festival of craft is due to return this August, funding permitting and public health permitting. While we can’t say with certainty that August Craft Month will go ahead, we hope that it will. If it does not, we will work with funders, makers and other stakeholders in the sector to develop alternative plans to promote and showcase craft at a regional level across Northern Ireland this year.

In that context, invitations are now open to submit events for inclusion in ACM promotions, calendar and events listings for 2020. August Craft Month 2019 saw over 70 events throughout the month enabling new audiences of all ages to buy, see or make craft in Northern Ireland. It’s a great opportunity for makers to introduce their work to new audiences and to establish new relationships; to showcase excellent craft and to have fun making work or trying something new.

Thank you to all those venues, makers who participated last year and if you want to remind yourself of the fantastic choice of events that featured in 2019 here’s the link to the brochure.http://www.craftni.org/downloads/ACM-2019-Listings-Guide-ONLINE.pdf

We’d love to welcome back previous participants as well as to welcome new makers and venues to participate, so please give us a call if you’d like any more information.

Last year August Craft Month achieved:

- 40 pieces of coverage in daily and weekly papers

- radio interviews and online coverage

- with a potential reach of 4m views;

Participants last year told us:

- 70% felt they had learned something new about craft through August Craft Month activities;

- 90% said they would participate again and

- 70% said they had bought craft products at events they had attended

Please send us details of your events on the form here by Friday, 12 June 2020:



While events for the summer are uncertain at the moment, we are delighted that Louise Allen, Head of Innovation and Design at the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland had agreed in principle to be our guest curator for an August Craft Month exhibition in 2020. At the moment, we aren’t sure if this will go ahead, but we will work with the sector and Louise to plan a way that we can make the best use of her expertise as soon as we can.

Louise Allen

Louise Allen is Head of Innovation and Research at the Design & Crafts Council Ireland, (DCCI). Her experience ranges across design, enterprise, contemporary art and craft, education, curation and innovation.In her various roles she has led on the strategic development of the design and craft sector, forged relationships nationally and internationally and has delivered several European funded programmes. As Head of International Programmes for Irish Design 2015, Louise developed key strategic initiatives such as theGlobal Irish Design Challengeand curated exhibitions including:Liminal-Irish Design at the Threshold, that toured to design weeks in Milan, New York and Eindhoven. Louise is President of theWorld Crafts Council Europewhich represents over 30 craft organisations across 20 European countries.