Opportunity: August Craft Month

The open call to register events is now live. August Craft Month is an all Ireland’s unique celebration of the craft sector, providing opportunities for all to make, see, learn about and buy craft!

The deadline for submissions is Monday, 19th June at 5pm. You can still register after this date for inclusion in the calendar of events. But the more time there is to promote your event, the better.

Looking ahead to 2023, we are eager to build upon the accomplishments of 2022, which included:

  • Over 900 makers participated
  • Over 16,000 visitors
  • Reached over 80,000 people on Instagram alone
  • At least one event in every county around Ireland

For more information, visit their website.


Upcoming Opportunities from DCCI

August Craft Month 2022 – submit your events  
DCCI is delighted to be working with Craft NI and Cork Craft & Design to present August Craft Month – an all-island celebration of craft.
As many of you know, August Craft Month is a wonderful opportunity for makers to showcase craft by hosting:
·     exhibitions
·     workshops
·     demonstrations
·     any craft event that engages the public.
These events enable audiences to come together to celebrate and enjoy a range of craft experiences.
We are currently inviting makers and organisations to register events HERE. If you register your event by Monday 4th July, it could be promoted through our national PR campaign, and feature in the social media campaign – a reach of over 45k people!
Get involved in this exciting initiative to help promote craft on the Island of Ireland! If you have any questions, please get in touch with Mary Whelan at maryw@dcci.ie.
August Craft Month is a unique celebration of craft with events taking place across the island of Ireland. We welcome the submission of events that provide the chance for audiences to come together to celebrate Ireland’s craft sector whether in-person, online, or both. ⁠Submit events by Monday 4th July.⁠

Benchspace Designer in Residence 2022  
Benchspace invites applications from established creative professionals for the 2022 Designer in Residence. Applications are also welcomed from academic staff of creative programs in any discipline seeking a period of return to a professional workshop environment. The closing date for applications is 14th July 2022.   https://www.dcci.ie/craftspeople/how-we-can-help/opportunities/benchspace-designer-in-residence-2022


 Future Makers 2022   Future Makers is a DCCI initiative which recognises talent, potential and creativity. Its aim is to support the next generation of makers, designers and craftspeople to take the step from training into enterprise. Future Makers is one of Europe’s largest prize-funded awards programmes, with a total prize-fund of €25,000 and 26 awards and supports available. The closing date for applications is Friday 29th July.  

  View all opportunities here  

From DCCI: August Craft Month 2022

Take part in August Craft Month 2022

We are delighted to announce the call out to August Craft Month 2022 – across the island of Ireland!

Deadline for applications: Monday 4th July

What is August Craft Month?
August Craft Month is a unique celebration of craft with events taking place across the island of Ireland, providing exciting opportunities for the public to experience, participate in, buy and learn about craft.
It is supported and promoted by Design & Crafts Council Ireland, Craft NI and Cork Craft & Design.

Why should I be part of it?
• It will be fun! Celebrate, collaborate, motivate.
• Make it national – long established, Craft NI and Cork Craft & Design’s local August Craft Months have proven hugely popular – making it national will increase the momentum and celebration of craft across the month of August.
• National PR campaign from start of July that will promote August Craft Month through highlighting events and makers – get your event in early!
• Social media campaign across August Craft Month and partner channels – visibility to over 45k followers
• Digital advertising campaign
• Influencer campaign
• Augustcraftmonth.org website listing of your event – image and copy
• It’s easy! – your everyday craft activity may be eligible for listing
Simply register your event on the August Craft Month website by filling out the application form. Events are invited from individual makers, guilds, associations, networks, galleries and venues which will enable audiences to come together to celebrate and enjoy craft experiences whether in-person, online, or both. Send your application by Monday 4th July. You can still register your events for inclusion on the website after this date, however registering early will ensure more time to promote your event.

Join us to add to the range of events bringing craft on the island of Ireland to a wider audience this August!

Register your event today!

For more information and to register visit: augustcraftmonth.org

If you have any queries about August Craft Month or about registering an event, please do not hesitate to get in contact at: info@augustcraftmonth.org

Follow us on Instagram @augustcraftmonth22 and Facebook @AugustCraftMonth

*You may receive emails about August Craft Month from more than one source (DCCI/Craft NI/Cork Craft & Design). Please note that you only need to register your event once – all events will be listed on AugustCraftMonth.org. As the application deadline is coming shortly, we are keen to get the word out to as wide an audience as possible.

** Please note as August Craft Month is an all-island celebration, if you are a maker or organisation based in Northern Ireland please visit craftni.org/august-craft-month-2022-event-application to register your event.

GANS MEETING- report update

Hi Folks

Breda Fay here reporting on February GANS Meeting ( Wednesday 17th Feb, via Zoom). I’ve decided that I will do a short report rather than linking you to DCCI page. You can always follow DCCI web page for more info.

Meeting started with condolences being offered on death of David Shaw Smith – not sure how many of you are as old as I am … but I remember his series of programmes on Telly about crafts in Ireland and actually bought the book HANDS which was published about the series. His work was certainly a catalyst in protecting as well encouraging the native crafts of Ireland. If any of you have memories of it, Hillary @making.ie would love you to pen a few lines.

Congratulations to all the guilds who are participating in “Getting Creative during Covid” Mental Health projects – Feltmakers Ireland are one of the guilds who have received funding for a project “Keep Well and Felt with Us” being organized by Niki Collier (in conjunction with Caoilfionn Murphy O’Hanlon and Liadain de Buitleir). You’ve probably seen it advertised and interest has been amazing …. So much so that instead of a session with each of the feltmakers … there will now be three with each. Good luck Niki. I got my pack today!

There were a number of presentations which all emphasized that despite all the difficulties of isolation, it is really important for each guild to maintain our presence. Many are doing projects which encourage members to work at home with a particular focus…. maybe putting all the pieces together to form one collaborative piece, some are organizing online exhibitions….. Presentations this morning:

  • Showcase Ireland’s first virtual event
  • The Glass Society of Ireland on it newly published book (only 5 left)
  • The Irish Guild of Embroiderers on their recently published (and still available) book “Twenty Twenty”. The cover design is by Colleen Prenderville (known to many of us) 
  • Borris Lace Group’s partnership with South Armagh Lace Collective in “Laces Across the Borders”

Some things you might be interested in:

  1. The Quilters Guild of Ireland are looking for 10 inch submissions from members/non-members on the theme HOME for quilts (they’re planning 10) which will be sold/auctioned to support women’s shelters (quiltersguildireland.com)
  2. DCCI are going to make a callout for COLLARS for an online exhibition – watch this space!
  3. Society of Cork Potters are calling out for items themed “ON HOME GROUND” for an exhibition which will be run in conjunctions with  A Taste of West Cork in September (www.corkpotters.com)
  4. Any members down around the Cork area, watch out for Bench Space, an organisation that is making an equipped workshop available for crafts people. Currently it has mainly woodworking tools but hope soon to have equipment for textile, iron, glass work


I think it is really important that there be a FELTMAKING presence in the August Craft Month Project. Let’s use it as a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of DCCI AND we might be in the park again by then! Think small but maybe collaboratively??? Get back to me with ideas and offers of help!!!

I’m really missing our Sunday Sessions. Have done a few online courses – see previous blog of recommendations by Annika. It was great to see so many participating in Feltmakers Ireland first online course with Gabi McGrath – hugely successful, nationally and internationally. I’m not sure if there are spaces on Niki’s course. You might have some ideas for online activities or courses????? Let us know hellofeltmakersireland@gmail.com

Also keep in mind our draw for paid up members which will take place beginning of March.

Cheers for now – Breda