Craft and Applied Art is a wide ranging artform. The Arts Council�s interest in this sector is targeted to contemporary works of applied art and design-led crafts that show a high degree of creativity, innovation, skilled workmanship and originality.
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland encourages excellence in the design, production and exhibition of crafts and applied arts.
Our aim is to encourage the creation of high quality and innovative works of crafts and applied arts in Northern Ireland raising awareness and understanding.
We recognise the importance of an inter-agency approach to the development of the sector. The Arts Council is committed to the development of Craft NI as the lead agency for the development of the sector in NI.
- The Arts Council of Northern Ireland took the lead in establishing Craft NI and is committed to its development.
- We participate in advisory panels to government agencies on craft and applied art related matters.
- We fund a wide range of activities, which are aimed at raising awareness, promoting quality & innovation and strengthening networks.
- The Arts Council works closely with other development agencies interested in Craft and Applied Art.
- The Arts Council supports the development of individual practice through the Support for the Individual Artist Programme.
- The Arts Council has ring-fenced £250,000 of lottery resources for 2006/2007 to encourage the development of sustainable networks and to assist designer/makers at the early stages of their careers.
Publications and Information
Artform Policy Document (PDF)
Further information on any of the Council’s funding programmes and/or its strategic interests in this field may be obtained from:
Arts Development Officer (Visual Art and Craft)
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
77 Malone Road
Belfast. BT9 6AQ
Tel: 028 9038 5241
Crafts Council of Ireland
County Down Crafts
Fermanagh Craft Consortium
Arts Council useful links (Visual Arts)