Who We Support

You are eligible for Craft NI support if you live and work in Northern Ireland and you create quality contemporary craft.

  • What we mean by Quality Contemporary Craft

Craft NI’s remit is the promotion and development of the design-led contemporary craft industry in Northern Ireland.  Quality is the key characteristic of all practice that Craft NI supports, and all craft that we support through our programmes and activities is subject to our quality criteria.

By this, we mean design-led contemporary work that

- demonstrates high standards of technical skill and design;
- does not reproduce or restore but is innovative in its use of materials, aesthetic vision and/or processes;
- reflects the signature of the individual maker.

For examples of the type of work we support please see the Craft NI Directory. If you are unsure about your eligibility for our programmes, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


What we can support:



  • Furniture
  • Willow/Basketry
  • Carved Wood
  • Functional objects
  • Sculptural
  • Jewellery



  • Soft Furnishings (blankets, cushions, throws etc.)
  • Leather
  • Hand Woven incl: knit/crochet; Hand embroidery
  • Printed incl: Tea Towels
  • Scarves/Hats/Milliners
  • Sculptural
  • Jewellery



  • Pots
  • Functional objects
  • Sculptural
  • Jewellery


  • Functional objects
  • Sculptural
  • Jewellery



  • Functional objects
  • Stained Glass
  • Sculptural
  • Jewellery


  • Wall Paper
  • Sculptural
  • Cards
  • Paper-making




  • Functional objects
  • Sculptural objects
  • Jewellery

What We Can’t Support:


  • Photography
  • Fine Art (including painting)
  • Food
  • Candles/candlemaking
  • Cosmetics/soap
  • Illustration
  • Musical Instruments