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August Craft Month Exhibition: Pathways

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About the event

Closed Sundays

Join us at the Craft NI Gallery to celebrate the August Craft Month Exhibition 2023.

This exhibition opens on the 3rd August and will run until the 15th September. Featuring some of the best in contemporary craft, the annual August Craft Month Exhibition aims to celebrate and profile excellence in Northern Irish craft.

For the 2023 August Craft Month Exhibition, applicants were asked to respond to the theme of Pathways, whether this was interpreted as a series of connections, reflections of travels or environment, experiences or actions, a personal journey or a journey in making. We’re excited to explore the various meanings Pathways holds.

This year we’re joined by special guest curator, Annie Cattrell, maker and tutor at the Royal College of Art. On the 3rd August Annie will be granting the guild prize award winners that evening at the opening of the exhibition.

Find out more about this here.


Guild Prizes

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.

We use these funds for awards for work in the annual exhibition highlighting the work of both emerging and established makers. There will be five prizes in all:

1st prize: £500

2 x commended: £250 each

2 x Emerging Maker prizes: £500 each for makers who have been practicing for five years or less.


Exhibiting makers include: 
Adam Frew, Adele Pound, Anne Butler, Elizabeth Johnston, Fiona Kerr, Heather McFadden, Irene McBride, Karen Hamilton, Karena Ryan, Lauren Scott, Maya Todd, Neil Marlow, Patricia Kelly, Patricia Millar, Patrick Colhoun, Pennie Metcalfe, Red Earth Designs, Sam Gleeson, Samantha Moore, Sandra Robinson, Sarah Cathers, Scott Benefield, Shauna McCann, Sue Cathcart, Tamzen Lundy Designs and Tracey Johnston.


Where is it taking place?

Craft NI
115 – 119 Royal Avenue

Who is it suitable for?

All ages


Wheelchair accessible

When is it taking place?

From Thursday 3rd August-Friday 15th September
Please note, Craft NI is closed on Sundays

Price and do you need to book?

Free. Booking is not required

Contact details

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Craft NI Website

Additional information

Guest Curator

Glasgow born, London based Annie Cattrell, has studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art, and completed MA’s at the University of Ulster and at the Royal College of Art. Her practice is often informed by working with specialists in neuroscience, meteorology, engineering, psychiatry and the history of science and her works have been shown widely nationally and internationally, in locations throughout the UK, Europe, America and Asia. 

Annie Cattrell has been a tutor at the Royal College of Art since 2000 and has lectured in many art colleges including at: Edinburgh School of Art, University of the Arts, University of Ulster, University of Southern Australia, Alfred University USA and Goldsmith University. She is a Royal Scottish Academician and Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors. You can find out more about Annie’s experience here. 


This event is a part of August Craft Month with Craft NI, Northern Ireland’s celebration of craft. Summer 2023 will mark the 17th annual August Craft Month with makers all across Northern Ireland getting involved.



All August Craft Month events are run independently by the event organisers. For questions regarding this event please contact the event organiser directly.

Event Details

Maker: Multiple

Starts: Fri 4 Aug at 10:00 am

Ends: Fri 15 Sep at 5:00 pm

Craft Type: Multiple

Event Location: Belfast City

Event Type: Exhibition

Price: Free