From jewellery-making classes, open studios where you can watch highly skilled artisans at work, to workshops onboard a famous battleship, the countdown is on for the annual celebration of Northern Irish craft.
August Craft Month celebrates the vibrant local craft scene right across the island of Ireland, providing unique opportunities for people to get involved as well as supporting makers by buying products and learning more about their work.
Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Craft NI and in partnership with Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and Cork Craft & Design, the month-long celebration will once again be part of an island-wide summer programme.
There is a packed itinerary of over 300 eclectic events in all corners of the island, with around 150 events taking place right across Northern Ireland.
These include classes onboard HMS Caroline in Belfast with textile artist Ruth Osborne hosting workshops where participants will take inspiration from the shapes, forms and patterns onboard the famous warship to create a series of layered prints using a Gel Plate. The workshop will involve stencil making and collage while working with a range of papers and fabrics. The open studios' taking place across Northern Ireland will give the public will have rare opportunities to watch craft makers at work and learn more about their processes.
Meanwhile, the theme for Craft NI's August Craft Month exhibition will be 'Pathways', a nod to the journeys audiences make to visit August Craft Month from across the island and beyond.
The exhibition will have a number of prizes aimed at supporting makers at different stages of their careers. This year organisers are delighted to welcome guest curator, Annie Cattrell, artist, lecturer at the Royal College of Art and maker in glass.
The exhibition will be on display during August and into September in the Craft NI Gallery, Belfast's only dedicated crafts venue.
To see the list of events taking place across the island, please visit www.craftni.org. Share your own craft adventures by tagging @craft.ni, @augustcraftmonth23 and use the hashtags #augustcraftmonth2023, #makeseebuy
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