Open call to the worldwide feltmakers community to participate and make on the theme of La Forêt , The Forest (English version)

Deadline March 1 2023

Make sure to download images for further information.

Here is a link to the PDF version of this file

Happy Making!


Extended Application Deadline for Building Bridges Exhibition : 27th of October

Hi All. We have heard that some of our members are nearly there with their entries for our Building Bridges exhibition but that they would like a little bit more time. We want to show as much of our members work as possible, so we have extended the deadline. Happy making!!!

Opportunities from DCCI – October (short notice)

Made Local

Made Local 2022 will launch on the 11th October with a national campaign and pop-up exhibition in Dublin.

To join the campaign, which already has over 1,700 makers and retailers involved, click here. If you’ve already joined, check your listing on the directory. To request any changes, click here.

Loewe Foundation


Submissions are now open for the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2023. The international prize recognises those whose artistic vision will set a new standard for the future of craft. The prize is €50,000 and the winning work will feature in an exhibition in New York in 2023. Apply by 25th October 2022.

International Design Scholarship


‘Designers in Residence’ is an international scholarship program for young design artists in the fields of jewellery, fashion, accessory, industrial and graphic and other areas of design. Three designers are invited to work on their projects from April to June 2023 at the EMMA Creative Center in Pforzheim, Germany. Apply by 15th November 2022.

More info:

Application dead line for Showcase 2023 (short notice)

This is a opportunity for all members of the DCCI who wish to book an individual stand at Showcase 2023.

(It is possible that Feltmakers Ireland gets invited to participate as a Guild as we did last year. At the moment we do not know if that is going ahead, if and when we know for sure, we will go out to the members and look for volunteers.)

From the Crafts Council:

Dear DCCI Member,

We are delighted to announce the return of Showcase – Ireland’s Creative Expo® to the RDS, Dublin from the 22–24 January 2023. Showcase is presented by Design & Crafts Council Ireland with support from Enterprise Ireland and Local Enterprise Offices nationwide.

Once again, we will have the area at the front of the Main Hall, exclusively for  ‘Design & Crafts Council Ireland’ members.

The details are as follows:

  • This area is open to all DCCI registered clients
  • There is no selection process, and you are welcome to send us in your application.
  • A special subsidy is included in the prices for DCCI clients to make taking part easier, financially.

How to secure your space

  • Please fill out this online FORM  which has a strict deadline of 4pm on Friday 30th September 2022.
  • Showcase will acknowledge receipt of your email on submission of your form and we will get back to you by mid-October to let you know if you have been successful.

Kind regards,

The Showcase Team

Future makers 2022

From DCCI:

We are delighted to say that applications for Future Makers 2022 opened last week. With a total prize-fund of €25,000 and 26 awards and supports available, Future Makers is one of Europe’s largest prize-funded awards programmes.

As we look ahead to the 2022 programme, we are reminded of the opportunities that Future Makers presents.

Not only do the winners receive substantial funds and promotional opportunities, but they also qualify for the annual RDS Craft Awards competition, which awards five makers with €10,000 each.

We were delighted that the following Future Makers 2021 winners received an RDS Craft Award recently:

  • Katharina Treml – Ceramics (Overall Winner in the Student Category)
  • Amy Kerr – Textiles & Surface Design (Sustainable Design Award winner)
  • Síofra Caherty – Fashion & Accessory Design
  • Fintan Mulholland – Knitwear
  • Laura Matikaite – Ceramics

This really brings home how impactful the Future Makers programme is and how it helps to elevate the careers of so many. It’s also critical that we as a community support programmes such as this, so that we continue to have a healthy pipeline of makers in Ireland. 

To that end, we would kindly ask you to help us spread the word, that applications are now open, by liking and sharing our social media posts, or by sharing the details of the programme with your network.

If you are a student or emerging maker why not apply to this prestigious programme? You can enter for free at and the closing date for applications is Friday 29th July 2022.

To find out more visit or contact me at

Best wishes,


A couple of upcoming Exhibitions


Felted Stained Glass Exhibition Programme @ Pearse Museum

Felt Stained Glass International Fibre Art Exhibition,

With community installation of pieces from all over the world by artists of all ages,

Curated by Dr. Niki Collier and Brian Crowley,

on Saturday 23 April at 3pm

at Pearse Museum, Grange Road, Dublin 16, D16 Y7Y5

The exhibition will be officially opened by  Liz Nilsson, one of the 50 Irish Craft Heroes.

The exhibition runs 14th April – 26th June




EMERGENCE at Walters in Dun Laoghaire

We invite you to celebrate EMERGENCE – ArtNetdlr Exhibition Launch this Thursday 14 April, with ArtNetdlr friends & artists, and all creative community of Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown, and a JAZZ Quintet. Emergence, a group exhibition curated by invited artists Jay Murphy and Louise Neiland, featuring the work of over seventy artists from dlr is now on view at Walters. You can also explore and buy artwork online.

Members Annika Berglund and Niki Collier included in exhibition.

A couple of opportunities (very short time left to apply) Bloom 2022 Craft Village & Timpeallacht.

Hi Felters,

This is very short notice, but we only received this information today. We are sharing it anyway in case you can take advantage despite the short notice.

Bloom 2022 – Applications Now Open for the Irish Craft Village


Applications are now open for Bloom 2022 which takes place in the Pheonix Park, Dublin, from 2nd to 6th June, 2022. The event represents opportunities for craft makers to promote and sell their products to over 100,000 people over 5 days.

Applications close 11th April.

Applications are invited from artists and practitioners based in Ireland working with locally sourced natural materials to participate in forthcoming exhibition Timpeallacht.

Deadline is 15th April 2022.

Good Luck!

Coming this summer: Irish Traditional Trades Fair 30-31 July, 2022

This is planned to be an annual event held at Ballylongford Mill in North Kerry.

The first Fair will be held over the weekend of 30-31 July, 2022 where Irish traditional trades and craftspeople from all over the country will talk about and demonstrate their work.

It’ll be a family friendly weekend with old fashioned fairground games for the kids, food and entertainment and lots of traditional crafts for sale.

There will be a wide variety of trades and crafts on display, from Longbow makers to Coppersmiths, Feltmakers to Musical Instrument makers, Basketmakers to Blacksmiths.

So far there are 26 different trades and craftspeople confirmed, and we hope to have more by the time of the Fair.

We are writing this blog post to tell you that Feltmakers Ireland hope to participate at this event, provided we have enough members that can commit to volunteer to demonstrate and help out. If you are interested in working with us to  give a good showing at this event, please contact us on

We also want to tell you that this is coming up if you would like to participate as an individual.

For more information on this event, please check out their facebook page:


Ballylongford Mill is a collection of early nineteenth century industrial buildings on two-thirds of an acre in the middle of the village of Ballylongford, which comprises the old working port of the village.

It includes the five storey Mill, originally built as a grain drying store in 1846, the Creamery and Famine Hospital which both appear on the 1851 map of the village, and a large buried eighteenth century boat dock in the centre of the site, which will be excavated and reinstated as a dock for wooden boats.

All of the buildings have been disused for a number of years, but work is about to start on the restoration of the buildings and walled yards which make up the old port of Ballylongford.

Heads up: application date for Sculpture in Context coming up.

Fiona Leech

Sculpture in Context is a large outdoor and indoor sculpture exhibition taking place in the Botanic Gardens in Dublin every year. the exhibition was set up in 1985 by sculptors whose aim was to work on behalf of fellow sculptors to provide space for exhibiting work of sculptors in venues outside of the normal gallery context.

It has been successful in that aim over the years and and is a very popular event every autumn where visitors can see the magnificent gardens and chance upon art works around every corner.

The Botanic Gardens is a huge space for a sculpture exhibition and that gives the organisers leeway to welcome new and unknown artists and makers as well a better known names. This makes it a great place to dip your artistic toes into applying to show your work to a wider audience. There is a lot more space outdoors than indoors, so you have a better chance to be accepted with outdoor works. Some felted art will be fine to stay out doors for the couple of weeks the exhibition is on for. Otherwise you may want to look at some kind of weather proofing of your work. If this is an area you are interested in, get in touch and we can do another blog post on the subject, or discuss it at one of our Sunday sessions.

As far as we know, only three members exhibited at last years exhibition: Fiona Leech, Ramona Farrelly and Annika Berglund. If we missed one of our members exhibiting, get in touch and we will add your work to the next blog.

Ramona Farrelly

So, we suggest you give it a try this year!

Here is all the important information:

Sculpture in Context is a pivotal event in the Irish arts calendar and the most important sculpture exhibition in the country. The annual exhibition attracts a large public and critical audience and is the highlight of the National Botanic Gardens calendar.  Sculpture in Context is a key event for both public and private buyers of all levels.

Open to all artists working in three dimensions in any medium. Proposals may be durable or time-based artworks, including performance or video.

Important Dates- Sculpture in Context 2022

Submission Deadline – Friday 8th April

Artists Notified – End of May

Outdoor & glasshouse Installation– Thursday 24th and Friday 25th August from 5-9pm

Gallery Drop off – Saturday 27th August from 11am to 2pm

Opening – Wednesday 31st August

Exhibition Take down- Saturday 8th and Monday 10th October (See details below)

Exhibition Dates – Thursday 1st Sept to Friday 7th Oct

Site Visit

If you would like to visit The National Botanic Gardens to see the venue; the gardens are open to the public seven days a week, admission is free.

Important Changes

Over the last few years as the exhibition has grown, our running costs have risen. To help cover these costs we have had to make some difficult decisions to ensure that Sculpture in Context continues to successfully support artists and promote sculpture in Ireland.

We have introduced a new entry fee of €15 per entry (max. of 3 entries) and new commission rates- 25% commission on all work up to a value of €15,000 and 20% commission on all work above €15,000.

New Installation Details- In line with the National Botanic Gardens new health and safety requirements ALL outdoor and glasshouse work will be installed outside public opening times.

Outdoor and glasshouse works- Thursday 24th and Friday 25th August from 5-9pm

Gallery works- Drop off to gallery on Saturday 27th August- 11am to 2pm

Entry forms and conditions are attached. Applications by email to

Please send all information in one pdf attachment only using your surname and first name in the file name ie.  ‘Smith_John_EntryForm2022.doc’

Applications by email to  Please send all information in one pdf attachment only.  Complete all relevant sections on the attached Entry Form and include additional pages with the following:-

1. Two Images or drawings for EACH proposed sculpture

2. Written description of sculpture to include details of materials, dimensions and proposed method of installation (max 500 words).

3.Two images of previous work

Payment of Entry Fee can be made to Sculpture in Context by bank transfer. Please use your surname and first name as a reference on all transactions. Bank details can be found on the entry form.

We have tried to make the entry process as easy as possible, but if you are struggling with internet issues (submission or payment) please contact us at  directly and we can make alternative arrangements for you.

All enquiries regarding the exhibition and/or siting must be directed to the Sculpture in Context Committee at

Entry form:

Good Luck Feltmakers!

Annika Berglund
Annika Berglund

Opportunity to to run workshops

Just in from the Crafts Council:

Ballymaloe May Fair looking for workshop facilitators


Ballymaloe May Fair is accepting applications from craftspeople from around Ireland to conduct hands-on workshops at the fair which will be held on the grounds of Ballymaloe House in East Cork in May.

More information:

Good luck Feltmakers