Craft NI is a small team and as such we’d like to ask you to read the FAQs below before contacting the office, to see if they answer your question.
What does Craft NI do?
Craft NI is the sector-lead body for the promotion and development of the design-led contemporary craft industry in Northern Ireland.
I would like to apply for funding from Craft NI, who do I contact?
Craft Northern Ireland is not a funding body. We have no funding to provide to individual craft businesses. To see funding opportunities visit the Arts Council of Northern Ireland funding page here.
I am thinking of setting up a craft business, who do I contact?
As a small team we are not in a position to provide one-to-one guidance or mentoring. However, we can point you in the direction of your local enterprise centre. We also provide details of any upcoming craft/ business training / supports that we know about here. If you are thinking of taking your part-time craft practice or hobby to the next level, you may find The Design Trust's Free Resources useful.
I am thinking of applying for a retail opportunity advertised by Craft NI, am I eligible?
Unless otherwise stated, Craft NI opportunities are for designer-makers living and working in Northern Ireland. Read more about who we support here.
How can I become a member of Craft NI?
Craft NI doesn't have a membership structure. Although it isn't possible to join Craft NI as such, we like to keep in touch join our mailing list here.
Can I share an opportunity for NI-based craft businesses with Craft NI’s members?
As we don’t have a membership structure, to submit information for inclusion please complete the relevant submission forms below:
- To submit an opportunity click here.
- To submit an event click here.
- To submit a news item click here.
I’m looking for insurance for my craft business, can you help?
We don’t offer an insurance scheme. Some examples of insurers relevant to the craft sector we’ve come across are
AIR – a network for visual and applied artists which offers insurance as part of membership.
Ian W. Wallace – craft scheme for individual craftspeople and craft groups in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
National Market Traders’ Association offer insurance to market traders as part of the membership package.
If you require insurance for an organisation/venue, be sure to check with them what levels of insurance that they require you to have.
Still need advice?
Contact the Craft NI team by emailing: info(at)craftni.org