‘RE-New’ Exhibition | 2 August 2021 – 3 September 2021
‘RE-New’, Craft NI’s annual August Craft Month Exhibition at Craft NI Gallery, celebrated the work of Northern Ireland’s makers. As we looked at the year ahead we wanted to celebrate a sense of renewal, so makers were invited to reflect on the theme ‘RE-New’. Submitted work was directly inspired by the theme itself, work taking the makers craft practice in a new direction, or existing work the makers wanted to showcase as part of our reopening, renewal celebration.
Launchpad Exhibition | 24 June 2021 – 22 July 2021
The Launchpad exhibition featured work from the four participants in Craft NI’s professional Development Programme, Launchpad 2020-21: Anne Butler (Ceramics), Anna Smyth (Ceramics), Claire Skelton (Jewellery and Metals) and Claire Mooney (Jewellery and Metals). The Craft NI programme was developed with funding from Arts Council of Northern Ireland to support makers through training and mentoring in developing their craft practice.
Emerging Talent | 17 May 2021 – 17 June 2021
In partnership with Ulster University and curated by Kim Mawhinney, Senior Curator of Art, Ulster Museum, we were delighted to present the work of the Ceramics, Jewellery and Silversmithing Graduates of 2020. The work selected presented a range of works including functional, non-functional, figurative and abstract works across a breadth of materials, exploring a range of concepts, skills and processes.
PINNED | 2 November 2020 – 2 January 2021
Craft NI was delighted to host the first group exhibition from the Association for Contemporary Jewellers and Silversmiths NI (ACJNI) from 2 November 2020 to 2 January 2021. Pinned presented the work of 23 local jewellers and silversmiths who have each responded to the exhibition’s theme to produce one-of-a-kind pieces beyond the scope of their usual commission or production work.
The exhibition featured over 50 variations on the idea of a brooch, with versions in both precious and non-precious materials. Traditionally set stones contrast with re-purposed vintage tins and toys, precision geometry meets abstract forms. Gold, silver and gemstones sit alongside found objects in unexpected interpretations that demonstrate technical accomplishment, innovation and creativity.
Perfectly timed ahead of an extraordinary Christmas season 2020, all the works were for sale. With prices starting under £70, the show offered a wonderful opportunity to select a unique piece and support a local business.
UNLOCKED – Opening Friday 7 August 2020
Taking centre stage in August Craft Month 2020, this exhibition showcased the work of makers currently practicing in Northern Ireland and NI makers working elsewhere. The selected craft pieces were created in response to the theme ‘Unlocked’. Makers were asked to exhibit work created during the pandemic lockdown; or as a wider interpretation of the theme ‘Unlocked’.
Due to the year’s circumstances, there was no public exhibition launch – but instead we went digital! This online video recording of ‘Unlocked’ was useful for those who couldn’t visit the gallery, allowing them to view the exhibition from the comfort of their own home.
Bernadette Tuite – ceramics and glass, exhibited in ‘Unlocked’ for August Craft Month 2020 to represent Cork Craft and Design and NI’s own Claire Mooney – silversmith had been selected to exhibit her work with Cork Craft and Design in partnership with August Craft Month and Cork Craft Month.
‘Unlocked’ exhibition opened on Friday 7 August 2020 in Craft NI Gallery: 115-119 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1FF. Opening hours: 10:30am to 5:30pm, Monday to Saturday, showing work from twenty talented Northern Ireland makers across a range of disciplines.