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The resources section provides provides essential background knowledge to contemporary craft practice in Northern Ireland, the rest of the UK and Ireland and further afield.

In this section we have also included ‘signposts’ to key opportunities and resources. The information should be useful to individuals and organisations working in the contemporary craft sector as well as those involved in its development and support.

  • Business Development Programme 2015-2016 (SLIDES)

    Practical Guides
    Craft NI's Business Development Programme (2015 to Nov 2016) was made up of eight free half-day modules over the course of 18 months, facilitated by Francis Verling, Verling Consulting, and included a range of guest speakers. Find all of the presentation slides here, free to download.

     


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  • Craft NI – Contemporary Craft Sector Research Study 2016 – Final Report

    Research
    In 2016, Craft NI commissioned a research study of the craft sector in Northern Ireland, in order to develop a full and comprehensive picture of the sector. The objective was to provide Craft NI with data on the composition and needs of the sector, in order to help them to continue to support and develop makers.
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  • Audience Development Considerations for Craft Northern Ireland – An Overview and Comparison Study

    Research
    A comprehensive analysis of Craft NI’s audience development strategy, analysing what the organisation has achieved against audience development targets since opening in 2005, giving recommendations for potential for the future. By Meadhbh McIlgorm.
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  • Searching for Craft Workshops?

    Signpost
    Would you like to take up, or improve on your craft skills? Local authority arts centres and other cultural venues across Northern Ireland often run workshop programmes giving members of the public the opportunity to work with established makers during term time. Online search facilities, like Art Take Part, can help you to find what you are looking for.
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  • KPMG Business Start Up Pack

    Practical Guides
    Thinking of starting up a craft business? This essential guide from KPMG has everything you need to know about getting set up and into business.
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  • CCEA GCSE in Contemporary Crafts

    Practical Guides
    CCEA (Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment) are now providing for a relatively new GCSE in Contemporary Crafts, of which you can find information here. We will update this resource page as new information is released.
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  • HMRC Online Support for Small Business

    Practical Guides
    In line with Government Digital Strategy, HMRC offers a suite of digital education services to provide wider and easier access to online services, providing help and guidance for people to meet their tax responsibilities. They have different types of products available which are useful to all types of small business, including craft.

     

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  • NI Business Info

    Signpost
    NI Business Info (nibusinessinfo.co.uk) is a free service offered by Invest Northern Ireland and is the official online channel for business advice and guidance in Northern Ireland. It contains essential information, support and services for you and your business – whether you work for a large organisation or are on your way to starting up.
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  • Offer: Metal Offcuts for Makers

    Signpost
    Metaloffcut.com is a new and unique platform that connects sellers of Metal Off-Cuts with those wishing to purchase Metal Off-Cuts; a potentially invaluable resource to those associated with metalwork within the Craft Industry. They are giving subscribers of Craft NI's newsletters a chance to use the service freely for one year. Offer ends Feb 27th, 2017.
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  • Irish Woodturners' Guild, Ulster Chapter

    Signpost
    The Ulster Chapter of the Irish Woodturners' Guild meet monthly at The Woodshed, Templepatrick, to both demonstrate their work and to arrange activities that aim to inform those with an interest in wood-turning about events, workshops, skill clinics, tool clinics and much more. 
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  • PROFILE: Michael Flynn

    Critical Writing
    Michael Flynn is a storyteller. One of those born hoarders of tales from the collective memories of all the cultures in time and space, and the characters that inhabit them and that he has rubbed shoulders with through voracious reading, all of whom have been absorbed, happily mixing, cohabiting and travelling together into and through his own imaginative identity.
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  • Innovation Boost Seminar Presentations

    Practical Guides

    Running as part of the CIIF-funded Innovation Boost, the Innovation Boost Seminar Programme was an accompanying series of free seminars open to designer-makers and covering topics relevant to the selected makers on the Innovation Boost programme. Presentation/slides from the first three Innovation Boost Seminars now available.

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  • Showcasing Craft Merchandise (Slides)

    Practical Guides

    As part of the Craft NI retail programme for August Craft Month 2015, retail expert Shalina Alabaksh (Skillsmaze) delivered a masterclass on showcasing craft merchandise to retailers of contemporary craft. She has kindly made the masterclass slides available for us to share.

     


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  • Make Believe - A Journal About Craft and Creativity

    Critical Writing

    Make Believe is an online journal of innovative writing about craft and design. Make Believe supports writing that is beautiful, radical and wise. Since 2013, it has considered, ranted, struggled, mused on, and thought about the process of making.


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  • About Trade Marks

    Signpost

    Craft NI is approached from time to time by makers wanting to know out more about trademarks – whether they need one and how to go about getting one.

     


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  • Trade Show Planning

    Practical Guides
    As part of the Export Development Programme, Craft NI organises training sessions for makers wishing to develop the export side of their businesses and break into new markets. This training is primarily aimed at makers wishing to attend national and international trade shows. Please find information below about previous export training sessions and resources generated from these sessions.
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  • Collective Insight: Research Summary

    Research

    Collective Insight: An Environmental Audit of Craft Collectives/Networks in Northern Ireland 2014 was an MA research project undertaken by Kirsty Brown while on placement with Craft NI. The aim of the research was to assemble an up-to-date picture of designer-makers working collectively in Northern Ireland.

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  • Innovation Boost: Katie Brown, Textile Designer

    Katie specialises in creating prints and patterns for fashion and interiors. With support from the Innovation Boost scheme, Katie worked on her digital marketing strategy and get specialist mentoring for launching her new interiors collection.

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  • Innovation Boost: Ellen Cunningham, Cula Ceramics

    Ellen’s work celebrates nature and she draws her inspiration from the surrounding countryside near her studio in Newtownards. With support from the Innovation Boost scheme, Ellen worked on her branding / packaging and developing her digital marketing strategy.

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  • Innovation Boost: Avril Manderson, Jewellery Designer

    After completing her jewellery making training in Manchester, Avril has spent the last decade making silver and gold jewellery commissions. With support from the Innovation Boost scheme, Avril worked on her branding, digital marketing strategy and developing her product range.

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  • Innovation Boost: Keith Sheppard, Kiln-formed Glass Maker

    Keith specialises in kiln-formed glass art tableware and sculptures. He has trained in both Ireland and in the UK. With support from the Innovation Boost scheme, Keith’s initial proposal was to work on setting up a Craft and Design Centre/workshop.

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