August Craft Month 2012 - Made in Northern Ireland

31st January 2012 in Arts & Cultural Development

For August Craft Month 2012, our focus will be on makers living and working in Northern Ireland - their work, their inspiration, their stories, their craft.

Each year, August Craft Month promotes contemporary craft and the material arts in Northern Ireland and from around the UK and Ireland. 

In 2012, as well as promoting exhibitions, workshops, talks / seminars, galleries, shops and craftspeople as we do every year, our particular focus will be on makers living and working in Northern Ireland – their work, their inspiration, their stories, their craft

This theme will link closely with the Titanic events taking place in 2012 which celebrate Northern Ireland’s engineering and industrial heritage.  We want to show that makers working in decorative craft professions, as well as those working in industrial crafts, together played a key role in the success of Northern Ireland’s worldwide reputation for excellence in design, manufacturing and engineering.  

Craft NI will promote its online Craft Map which it hopes to develop further in advance of August.  Craft Map NI currently lists details of craft studios, galleries and venues which craft audiences and the general public can visit across NI.  Makers can add their details - or update existing details - now. See full details at Join Craft NI's Craft Map. The deadline for receiving applications to be listed on the Craft Map is 12pm, 2nd March 2012.

For ACM12 – Made in Northern Ireland, we want to expand the number of makers and studios shown on the map and tell the public more about them and their work.  It will be a promotional opportunity for makers and craft organisations to gain extra visibility and recognition both locally and nationally. 

It will also be an opportunity for organisations - galleries, museums, local authorities, arts centres, colleges and universities and heritage organisations to support a local maker(s), promote their work, provide opportunities for workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, etc where the public can experience, participate and learn more about contemporary craft.

Makers, organisations and venues are invited to consider how they might like to programme events or activities for ACM 12 that support and promote themselves and/or their local makers.

Craft Map
Further details will soon be available on how to apply to be listed on Craft NI’s Craft Map.

ACM12 - listings
Further details on key information and dates will be available early in the New Year.