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Craft In Business Award 2017

Awards & Competitions 13-Apr-2017 - 26-May-2017
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This year, Craft NI has partnered with Beleek Pottery to offer the 2017 Craft In Business Award, which provides an undergraduate, final year student in a University of Ulster applied arts course with a business development cash award of £500. Strictly open to students of UU, apply before 4pm, 26 May.

This will be the 11th year of the initiative and Craft NI are proud to announce the new partnership with Belleek Pottery to sponsor this award.

“Belleek Pottery is delighted to be supporting this year’s Craft in Business Award. 2017 marks the 160th Anniversary of the founding of Belleek Pottery and we feel it is very fitting that in this significant year that we will be recognising an undergraduate final year student whose work demonstrates real potential for product innovation and for the future development of a craft business. We would encourage all applied art students with an entrepreneurial flair to enter this Award”. John Maguire, Managing Director, Belleek Pottery Group

Launched in 2007, previous winners include Michaella Donnelly (jewellery, 2016), Terri McStraw (textiles, 2015), Rachel Leary (ceramics, 2014), Wendy Ward (ceramics, 2013), Lauren Scott (textiles, 2012), Laura McLauchlan (2011) making sustainable floral jewellery, and Emer Kelly (2010), Samantha Moore (2009), Natasha Rollinson (2008) and Suzanne Harbinson (2007) all from silversmithing & jewellery. Their innovative work demonstrated excellent potential for product development.

“The Craft in Business Award is an opportunity for our students to compete for a cash award to support their future business development at the time when they need it most. We are delighted that having had the support of Invest NI over the years that Belleek will be the new sponsor of the award. Past winners have gone on to become some of Northern Ireland’s leading applied artists and we look forward to seeing who the 2017 recipient of the award will be.”
Cara Murphy, Associate Lecturer in Silversmithing and Jewellery, Belfast School of Art.

On June 2nd at the graduate awards ceremony, Craft NI and Belleek Pottery will present this award to student in one of the applied art disciplines; silversmithing & jewellery, ceramics and textile art - whose work demonstrates potential for innovation and application to entrepreneurial business development.

Craft NI may also consider applications from other courses that meet the selection criteria including 3D design (product and furniture).

Students wishing to apply should contact their course tutor for an application form, or get in touch with Craft NI at info@craftni.org for further information on eligibility. Deadline: 4pm, Friday 26th May.