August Craft Month is Northern Ireland’s unique celebration of the craft sector and takes place each year, providing opportunities for the public to experience, participate in, buy and learn about Craft. August Craft Month works to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of craft by shining a spotlight on local talented makers, venues and the joy of making.
In 2022, Craft NI, the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and Cork Craft and Design came together to support the promotion and communications of all events across the island taking part, resulting in the largest August Craft Month to date with 265 events in total across the island.
August Craft Month is for makers, communities, families, collectors, and enthusiasts. We want to work with the sector to promote your craft talks; open studios; craft trails; exhibitions; workshops; Meet the Maker events; How-Tos and Try-Outs.
We welcome event applications from;
Please take some time to read through the Eligibility Criteria.
In 2022 we were delighted to be working in partnership with Cork Craft and Design and the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland to promote all craft events on the island through a joint campaign.
Are you interested in taking part in August Craft Month? Do you have venue space that would be suitable for workshops, talks, demonstrations or more and would like to highlight this space for practicing makers to use? We can help! In the run up to August Craft Month, Craft NI can provide a Spotlight on your Venue through an open call for practicing makers. We can advertise this opportunity through our website, social media platforms and newsletters which in total has potential to reach over 27,297. Find out more here.
The August Craft Month Exhibition takes place each August at the Craft NI gallery and features some of the best in contemporary craft. As part of August Craft Month, this exhibition aims to celebrate and profile the craft sector in Northern Ireland.
Each year we are extremely grateful to the former Guild of Northern Ireland Designer Makers (The Guild) who have given us a legacy gift for the development and promotion of the craft sector in Northern Ireland, providing five prizes for the exhibition. The prizes available include;
1st Prize: £500
2 x Commended: £250 each
2 x Emerging Maker prizes: £500 each for makers who have been practicing for five years or less.
Applications for the August Craft Month 2023 Exhibition will be released next year. You can see the 2021 prize winners here.
“Very beneficial for getting new audiences interested in the Arts who otherwise might not have engaged if it were not for Aug Craft Month”
“We benefit as visitors are finding us through channels otherwise not used”
“Participants at the workshop have already booked on my next workshop”
“August Craft month was an excellent opportunity to highlight local creatives on a much larger platform”
“August Craft Month has proved to be a valuable opportunity for further integrating into our local community”
“the past few years have been difficult for makers so I want to convey my huge thanks for your support and promotion of my events”
Applications to take part in August Craft Month 2023 should be released around April 2023, keep an eye on this space and our social media channels for updates.
To have a look at previous events, see the August Craft Month 2022 NI Calendar here. and the all-Ireland August Craft Month 2022 Calendar here.
If you have any questions about August Craft Month or want to discuss potential events and ideas for August Craft Month 2023, please get in touch with Craft Development Officer, Lorna Towns at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 028 9032 9342! Applications are not yet open.