August Craft Month Exhibition Showcase 2022


August Craft Month Showcase Exhibition 2022 opened on August 11th at Craft NI Gallery, celebrating the craft sector with a juried selection of contemporary craft from practising designer-makers in Northern Ireland. The exhibition will run until September 15th.

With us on the night was Daniella Wells, the exhibition’s guest curator and prize judge. With over 20 years experience in the art market, Daniella is a market consultant for the UK Crafts Council’s prestigious Collect annual craft fair and she gave us her take on the craft market in the UK post-covid. Daniella also spoke about the joys and satisfactions of collecting craft and the important role of collectors in supporting a strong and varied craft sector.

This year’s exhibition prize winners are:

1st Prize – Andrea Spencer, ‘Vessel’.
Highly Commended Makers – Scott Benefield ‘Tidepool 2, 3 and 5’ and Stuart Cairns, ‘Sprung Vessel and Spoon’.
Emerging Maker – Sarah Cathers, ‘Common Thread’
A huge congratulations to the winners and to all of the talented makers who have taken part in this year’s exhibition!


Exhibitors: the 2022 exhibition shows works from Andrea Spencer, Anne Butler, Gail Kelly, Jakki Trainor, Leanne McCormack, Michael Moore, Patricia Millar, Rory Shearer, Scott Benefield, Shauna McCann, Sarah Cathers, Stuart Cairns and Sue Cathcart.

The Guild: We are particularly grateful to the former Guild of Northern Ireland Designer Makers (The Guild) who have given us a legacy gift for the development and promotion of the craft sector in Northern Ireland and have enabled us to award maker prizes.