About August Craft Month

August Craft Month is the largest annual celebration of contemporary craft and the applied arts in Northern Ireland. We can't wait to celebrate our vibrant craft sector with you! 


Co-ordinated by the team at Craft Northern Ireland, the sector leading body for the promotion and development of the design-led contemporary craft industry in NI, and with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 2017 marks our 11th year of August Craft Month. Once again, we’re delighted to be working with a diverse range of wonderful partners – thank you for your enthusiastic engagement. We have invited galleries, museums, local councils, craft organisations, arts centres, universities, heritage organisations and individual makers to join us and develop a rich programme of over 200 events and activities taking place this August.

August Craft Month is an opportunity for all of us to support local designer-makers and promote their work, and also provide opportunities for the public to experience, participate in and learn more about contemporary craft through workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, talks and much, much more.

A massive thank you to our audiences who explore, engage and participate in August Craft Month year after year. Without your continued support the festival simply would not exist. We encourage you to get involved - connect with us online, at events, on social media using #augcraft17 and help make this year the most successful ever. 

Your feedback is really important to us, so please let us know what you think by completing and returning one of our Audience Surveys online or at our partner venues during August Craft Month.

We hope, that this new digital programme will help you to explore and experience the vibrancy of the crafts sector in Northern Ireland.

Best wishes,

The Craft NI Team – Aaron, Meadhbh, & Sharyn