Event Type

Open Call: August Craft Month Exhibition

Calls for Makers 25-Jun-2020 - 23-Jul-2020


August Craft Month 2020


Taking centre stage in August Craft Month 2020, this exhibition will showcase the work of makers currently practicing in Northern Ireland and NI makers working elsewhere.

Responses to the theme ‘Unlocked’ can relate to work created during the Covid pandemic lockdown; or makers may choose to interpret the theme more widely.

The selected works will be exhibited at the Craft NI Gallery during August and September 2020. To ensure the exhibition reaches the widest possible audience, Craft NI is commissioning a professional film maker to document each piece. This will enable us to present a high quality online version of the exhibition. To accompany this, the selected makers will be asked to submit a short audio clip describing the process of creating their piece. Details of how to do this will be provided.

Selection will be led by Craft NI’s Quality Group, led by Board Member Kim Mawhinney, Senior Curator at National Museums NI.

Winner of a £250 Award will be selected by a guest curator (details to be announced).

DEADLINE: Thursday 23 July 2020


  • work ideally created since lockdown, but must be within the last two years (since 2018)
  • responds to the theme UNLOCKED
  • selected makers will be required to make a short (1 min) audio to accompany the online exhibition (Craft NI will provide details)

You will need :

  • up to date CV
  • max 3 high res images (3-5 MB) of the work
  • Description of how the theme relates to your work (100-300 words)



Makers should be working in one of the recognised craft disciplines listed below;

All work should be the original design of the Maker and should also be made by the Maker;

All work must evidence the skill of the Maker and must be a unique object, coming from the vision of that Maker.

  • Demonstrate distinctive design and significant accomplishment in product construction and presentation;
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the material with which they are working;
  • Shows high level skill in the techniques used;
  • Demonstrate the individual creative signature of the maker;
  • Demonstrate creativity or create design and innovation in the use of materials;
  • Reflect appropriate standards in the products’ durability, size, weight and materials. 

For full list of Recognised Craft Disciplines, please click here.