August Craft Month 2022

We’re delighted to announce that August Craft Month 2022 is now open for applications. Northern Ireland’s unique celebration of the craft sector, provides opportunities for the public to experience, participate in, buy and learn about Craft.

This year, Craft NI, the Design & Crafts Council Ireland and Cork Craft and Design have come together to support the promotion and communications of all events across the island taking part in August Craft Month 2022. Profiling makers, highlighting venues, arts centres, retailers and the work of the Councils, August Craft Month works to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of craft.

August Craft Month shines a spotlight on our talented makers and the joy of making, through opportunities for audiences to buy, see, make, and learn about craft this summer.

We invite you to register your Craft-related event, here and join us in this summer celebration of craft.


Who will attend August Craft Month?

Who can have an event included?

How will we promote your events? 

Why should you take part? 

Participant testimonials



Who will attend August Craft Month?

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.


Who can have an event included?

We welcome event applications from, for example:

  • individual craft makers,
  • Guilds and networks
  • Galleries, retailers and museums
  • Councils and arts centres, cultural venues
  • FE & HE institutions and crafts educators
  • Heritage organisations

Please take some time to read through the Eligibility Criteria.


How will we promote your events? 

  • PR and regular news releases throughout the summer
  • Social media channels of both organisations
  • An advertising campaign
  • Maker and event profiles; regular spotlights on disciplines, areas or key dates

This year we’re also 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.


Why should you take part? 

  • Benefit from campaign advertising which will highlight August Craft Month and your craft business to buyers and collectors through radio broadcasts, social media, and national and regional news.
  • From 2021 there was a significant increase in online coverage in targeted local newspapers, across all corners of Northern Ireland.
  • In 2021 the overall reach of August Craft Month’s media campaign was 289,760.


Participant testimonials

“Very beneficial for getting new audiences interested in the Arts who otherwise might not have engaged if it were not for Aug Craft Month”

“Hope August Craft Month continues year after year as it is so important for promoting the craft sector in NI”

August Craft Month raised “awareness of our creative programme and making links with artists and makers that we had not worked with before”

“We benefit as visitors are finding us through channels otherwise not used”



The deadline for event applications and exhibition submissions is Tuesday 28th June at 12 noon.


If you would like to be involved in ACM, submit an application for a craft related event, please click here.


Before applying, please read through the Terms and Conditions and NI Eligibility Criteria.

You can also access the Application Guidance here.


If you have any questions about August Craft Month or the application form, get in touch with Craft Development Officer, Lorna Towns at or 028 9032 9342.


For more information on previous years, visit and

Photographs courtesy of Belfast Potters Market, Castle Ward Open Studios, Alfresco Art Creative Peninsula and Thomas Goldsmiths.

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