Exhibition Call Out: Ag925 -Au750 / Journeys in Silver and Gold

7 September 2023

Deadline: October 2, 2023


Craft NI are delighted to invite applications to their upcoming Christmas 2023 exhibition.

‘Ag925 -Au750 / Journeys in Silver and Gold’ will be promoted as a selling exhibition, engaging an already discerning audience with a play upon the silver and gold hallmarks.

Conveying the idea of precious metals but also hinting at creative journeys and innovative ways to incorporate these metals and/or colours in new, exciting work to bring a glow of light to the shortest days of the year, our  ‘Ag925 -Au750 / Journeys in Silver and Gold’ exhibition accepts applications from all supported craft disciplines.


 Exhibition Brief 

Applications should be:

  • either new work or an existing piece/range that has not been shown in Craft NI Gallery before;
  • drawings or works in progress will be accepted;
  • reflect the ‘Journeys in Silver and Gold’ theme. Interpretations of this are welcome, for example not only gold/silver jewellery but also work potentially using gold/silver coloured thread/glazes, timbers or other work incorporating colours from this palette alongside other mediums/colours.
  • regarding work for sale from this exhibition, our research of Craft NI Gallery’s customers’ average spend during November/December, suggests (but may not be limited to) a £100-£700 price range.
  • Own Art is available in Craft NI Gallery, allowing collectors to spread payments.
  • If you are a craft retailer who also makes your own ranges, you may wish to consider this as an opportunity to reach additional audiences.





Key Dates




Makers should be working in one of the recognised craft disciplines listed here;

All work should be the original design of the Maker and should also be made by the Maker;

All work must evidence the skill of the Maker and must be a unique object, coming from the vision of that Maker.

  • Demonstrate distinctive design and significant accomplishment in product construction and presentation;
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the material with which they are working;
    Shows high level skill in the techniques used;
  • Demonstrate the individual creative signature of the maker;
  • Demonstrate creativity or create design and innovation in the use of materials;
  • Reflect appropriate standards in the products’ durability, size, weight and materials.




Selection will be made by Craft NI’s Quality Group, led by Board Chairperson Kim Mawhinney, Senior Curator at National Museums NI, Dr Christopher McHugh, Lecturer in Ceramics at Belfast School of Art, and Patricia Flanagan, specialist facilitator of design thinking/creative problem solving.




To apply please complete the application form here.

Please have prepared:

  • Up to 6 good quality images of sketches if you plan to make new work, or images of the existing range/body of work you are submitting
  • Price list for an existing range or an indicative price list for work that you intend to make
  • Artist/Maker bio
  • Artist statement

Deadline to apply, Monday 2nd October.



Key Dates

All applicants will be notified of the results of their submission via email. If selected, responsibility for the delivery and collection of work is the maker’s own.

Application Deadline | Monday, 2 October 2023, 5pm

Notification | by Monday 9 October 2023

Delivery of Work | 20 – 23  October 2023

Ag925 -Au750 / Journeys in silver and gold | 2 November 23 – 31 December 2023




Applicants will have the opportunity to reach an already established audience here in Craft NI Gallery at the busiest time of the year. The exhibition participants will also also benefit from: in-house marketing,  paid promotion, organic promotion on our social channels, and an increased tourist footfall. The work will also be photographed and hosted on our exhibition portal: https://exhibitions.craftni.org.




To ensure the exhibition reaches the widest possible audience, we are delighted to announce that all work chosen for the exhibition will be viewable online on our dedicated exhibition website/portal at https://exhibitions.craftni.org.   Work will be photographed and some pieces (depending on suitability) will also be available digitally as a series of 360’ rotational images. Work in Craft NI exhibitions is normally made available for sale in our Craft NI Gallery as well as directly from our website, increasing the opportunity for craft enthusiasts, buyers and collectors.



About Craft NI

CRAFT NI is the sector lead body or Champion for Craft in Northern Ireland. Craft NI Gallery is our exhibition and retail gallery, and Belfast’s only craft dedicated venue; located in the heart of Belfast’s busy Cathedral Quarter at 115 – 119 Royal Avenue, it has an exhibition space which showcases the works in a professional gallery setting.

For any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us: gallery@craftni.org



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