August Craft Month

01 August - 31 August
Time to hit the Craft Trail this summer!

Tucked away among the rolling hills and rocky shores of Northern Ireland lie dozens of creative hideaways where craftspeople produce work of exquisite quality.

Northern Ireland features a rich heritage of craft and now visitors can discover these hidden gems by following an online map to create their own Craft Trail.

Craft Northern Ireland’s online Craft Map uncovers the rich diversity of designer-makers, studios and craft outlets across each county offering a plethora of places for local people and tourists alike to visit.

Visitors can put together their own Craft Trail itinerary as the Craft Map found at www.craftni.org – features information on the work of the makers and even includes a selection of excellent videos capturing the landscape and the work of the makers.

Among the places featured include: Turnip House in Castlewellan with its unspoiled rural location and views of the Mournes where Elaine and John McCombe have been creating knitwear and felt items since 1987; at Welig Heritage Crafts basketmakers Clive Lyttle and Elaine Burke grow their own willow from their small holding on the edge of Strangford Lough; at Leadlines stained glass artist David Esler works in a beautiful studio perched on the side of Donegore Hill near Antrim.

During August, craftspeople, galleries, studios, local arts venues throw open their doors and offer an incredible programme of events and activities so that you can enjoy and take part in the best craftsmanship that Northern Ireland has to offer. This year we are focusing on the makers themselves, the importance of craft and the relationships that have been forged with other important sectors including business, tourism and education.

This is our biggest year yet, with close to 150 innovative events including exhibitions, workshops for all ages, talks and more happening across Northern Ireland.

There are lots of opportunities for all to get involved right and we invite you to take the opportunity to connect with and experience the best of contemporary craft by seeing, making or buying it!


HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

August 31 - Sept 14: Hidden Agenda and Material Subversion at the Naughton Gallery. A thought-provoking look at how international and local designer-makers have used their art and their materials to send messages beyond the ordinary function of the pieces.

August 1-10: Creative Peninsula 2014, happening across the Ards Peninsula, brings inspiring and creative opportunities for you to meet the talented artists and craftspeople that live and work there. The big programme includes the creative cafe series, a big programme of craft fairs and loads of chances for you to learn a new skill under the direction of experienced makers.

August 1 – 31: Ring of Gullion Handcrafts and Art presents Ring of Gullion Festival of Craft taking place inTi Chulainn Cultural Activity Centre and various studios in South Armagh including demonstrations and taster sessions in fused glass, ceramics, feltmaking, wood turning and an arts and crafts summer school for children ages 5 – 11.

August 5-30: McAleer & Doherty: Double Flipside. A collaborative visual journey with Dr Sarah McAleer & Eddie J Doherty. Known independently for their successful contemporary jewellery pieces and high-end commission work constructed in precious materials, like platinum, gold, diamonds, sapphires and pearls, McAleer&Doherty’s exhibition aims to give you a glimpse of their ‘alternative’ sides. Sharing many complementary ideals, design styles and construction techniques, McAleer&Doherty will investigate how they traditionally convert inspirations and concepts into 3-dimensions.

August 7-30: Costumes, Props, Armour and Weapons at Space CRAFT, Fountain Street, Belfast – The Craft and Design Collective exhibition of work by artists and designer makers working behind the scenes making props for Northern Ireland’s burgeoning film industry.

August 8-22: Reclaim The Streets –Derry collective CultureCraft follow up last year’s highly successful launch exhibition with a four week event which will see renowned US craft designer Boris Bally take up residency in North West College. Check out the full Legenderry listings for August Craft Month here - http://craftni.org/events/legenderry-programme-of-craft-this-august/

August 1 – 31: Ring of Gullion Handcrafts and Art presents Ring of Gullion Festival of Craft taking place inTi Chulainn Cultural Activity Centre and various studios in South Armagh including demonstrations and taster sessions in fused glass, ceramics, feltmaking, wood turning and an arts and crafts summer school for children ages 5 – 11.

August 9 and August 30: Living History Pottering About at Enniskillen Castle Museum: Craft has been in vogue since humankind began and the public areinvited to have a go at creating their own Neolithic Pots.

August 19: Director of the Design Trust, Patricia van den Akker delivering a workshop to makers about the creative process.

See full details of professional opportunities for crafts people on the programme here - http://craftni.org/news/august-craft-month-professional-development-programme/

For full details of all August Craft Month events, visit the Craft NIwebsite: www.craftni.org and click on the August Craft Month section.
To find out about all the makers and events in your area, view the interactive craft map here: www.craftni.org/craftmap
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