August Craft Month Exhibition Opening: Pathways

About the event

Join us at the Craft NI Gallery on Thursday 3rd August to celebrate the opening of the August Craft Month Exhibition 2023, Pathways. Pathways will feature some of the best in contemporary craft and aims to celebrate and profile excellence in the craft sector as part of August Craft Month.

For the 2023 August Craft Month Exhibition, applicants were asked to respond to the theme of Pathways, whether this was interpreted as a series of connections, reflections of travels or environment, experiences or actions, a personal journey or a journey in making. We’re excited to explore the various meanings Pathways holds.

At 5.15pm, join special guest curator Annie for an artist talk, where we’ll learn more about her career and journey as a maker.

6pm August Craft Month Exhibition opening and prize winners announced.


Exhibiting makers include: 
Adam Frew, Adele Pound, Anne Butler, Elizabeth Johnston, Fiona Kerr, Heather McFadden, Irene McBride, Karen Hamilton, Karena Ryan, Lauren Scott, Maya Todd, Neil Marlow, Patricia Kelly, Patricia Millar, Patrick Colhoun, Pennie Metcalfe, Red Earth Designs, Sam Gleeson, Samantha Moore, Sandra Robinson, Sarah Cathers, Scott Benefield, Shauna McCann, Sue Cathcart, Tamzen Lundy Designs and Tracey Johnston.


Guild Prizes

We are particularly 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.

We use these funds for awards for work in the annual exhibition highlighting the work of both emerging and established makers. There will be five prizes in all:

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.


Where is it taking place?

Craft NI,
115 – 119 Royal Avenue,


Who is it suitable for?

All ages


Wheelchair accessible

When is it taking place?

Thursday 3rd August

Price and do you need to book?

Free. Booking is not required.

Contact details


T: 028 9032 9342

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Additional information:

Guest Curator

Glasgow born, London based Annie Cattrell, has studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art, and completed MA’s at the University of Ulster and at the Royal College of Art. Her practice is often informed by working with specialists in neuroscience, meteorology, engineering, psychiatry and the history of science and her works have been shown widely nationally and internationally, in locations throughout the UK, Europe, America and Asia. 

Annie Cattrell has been a tutor at the Royal College of Art since 2000 and has lectured in many art colleges including at: Edinburgh School of Art, University of the Arts, University of Ulster, University of Southern Australia, Alfred University USA and Goldsmith University. She is a Royal Scottish Academician and Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors. You can find out more about Annie’s experience here. 


This event is a part of August Craft Month held in collaboration with Design & Crafts Council Ireland and Cork Craft & Design. 2023 will mark the 17th annual August Craft Month in NI with makers all across the island of Ireland getting involved.


All August Craft Month events are run independently by the event organisers. For questions regarding this event please contact the event organiser directly.

Event Details

Start Date: Aug 3

Start Time: 6:00 pm

End Date: Aug 3

End Time: 9:00 pm

Location: Belfast

Type: Exhibition

Price: Free

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