Export Development Programme

Export Development Programme

Craft Northern Ireland welcomes submissions from NI professional designer/makers who would like to be considered for the 15-17 Export Development Programme, supported by Invest NI. The programme is designed to assist designer-makers to attend trade / retail fairs in two ways.

Objectives of the Programme

  • Develop export capacity and support business growth within the craft sector; 
  • Develop new markets and support additional sales for designer-maker
  • Profile the quality of NI contemporary craft 


Showcase 2017

The second element to Craft NI's Export development Programme, funded through Invest NI, enables eight designer-makers to attend Showcase, Ireland, on 22nd – 25th January, 2017 as part of a Craft NI group stand.



Craft NI Directory of Craft Fairs, Retail Exhibitions & Trade Events Craft NI Directory of Craft Fairs, Retail Exhibitions and Trade Events - 2013 Update

For reference, Craft NI has updated its comprehensive directory of craft fairs, retail exhibitions, and trade events in GB, as well as a list of international events. Find details of a wide variety of trade-related events with a reputation for exhibiting high quality craft, or events which have a dedicated design led section.

A word from previous awardees

"The assistance of Craft N/I ‘s Export Programme helps to make exhibiting at shows like Ceramic Art London 2012 much more viable and accessible.” Derek Wilson was supported by the Export Development Programme (previous) to attend Ceramic Art in London.

I applied to CNI's Export Development Programme in order to introduce my designs to the UK market. Attending the British Craft Fair was an invaluable experience in gaining gallery and retail contacts to further my business." Suzanne Woods received support to attend the British Craft Fair.

Image: Rory Shearer & Helen Shearer Ceramics @ BCTF