Calling All Craft Makers

June 26, 2018

Call for Applications
Seamus Heaney HomePlace Gift Shop – Retail Opportunity
Application Deadline – 16TH July 2018 at 5pm

Continuing the successful collaboration between Craft NI and Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Mid Ulster District Council now invites applications from Craft Makers based in the province of Ulster for the period 1st July 2018 to 30th June 2019.
This is an opportunity not only for sales but to raise the profile of selected Craft Makers through specific press-related articles, as well as by PR, local media and the Seamus Heaney HomePlace website.  The Gift Shop is located in Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy and is open to members of the public from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday 1pm to 5pm.

Application Process
1.  Craft Makers wishing to apply for this opportunity must complete the Application Form online by 5pm on 16th July 2018.  Applications received after this deadline will not be accepted.
2.  A Selection Panel made up of representatives from Seamus Heaney HomePlace and Mid Ulster District Council will assess completed applications against the following criteria.

Quality Guidelines for Retail
By this, we mean contemporary work/product supplied for retail should:
  • demonstrate distinctive craft and design skills and significant accomplishment in its construction and presentation;
  • demonstrate that the Craft Maker has in depth knowledge of the material with which they are working and high level skills in the techniques used;
  • demonstrate the individual creative signature of the Craft Maker;
  • reflect appropriate standards in the products’ durability, size, weight and materials that are suitable to retailers and buyers;
  • be packaged / labelled appropriately to a high, professional standard;
  • be accompanied with marketing materials providing details of the Craft Maker and the work.
What kind of Craft Makers are eligible to apply?
Definitions of contemporary craft do not include food, fine art, hand-made cosmetic/soaps, traditional musical instruments, mass produced/manufactured work.
We are particularly interested in pottery and handcrafted wooden pens.

To apply or for more information please click the links below:
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