Opportunity for Artists: Contemporary applied craft that makes use of printing processes

Culture Night 2017 with Craft NI & Belfast Print Workshop

Deadline Tuesday 15th August 2017

In partnership with the Belfast Print Workshop (BPW) and to celebrate their 40th Anniversary in 2017, Craft NI is now accepting submissions for works to be presented in a unique, joint exhibition - ‘Images Need Apply’ focusing on contemporary applied craft that makes use of printing processes. Apply by 4pm, 15 August.

Printmaking is the practice of creating images, generally from a single original surface. Typically pints are produced on paper but modern techniques have seen them transfer onto a diverse range of surfaces and be incorporated into various art and design practices.

BPW are offering selected artists one full-day of access to their studio facilities and technical support to produce complimentary or related prints to their application. In addition there will be a materials budget of £100 per artist jointly provided by BPW and Craft NI to support the creation of new work.

We are interested in showcasing the interaction of image with object and depending on selection the final exhibition will combine 3D/material objects, original prints and digital replications of artists’ imagery. Craft NI will work personally with selected artists to finalise specifics of the show.


We invite makers to submit between 1 and 3 existing works and/or proposals for new or partially new work. (If selected new work must be finished to exhibition standard in advance of the opening). The work should combine a ‘3D/material object’ in any medium with applied imagery that references a printing process. If successful the artist will be notified which piece(s) have been accepted for exhibit.

Your submission should explain the connection and relationship between imagery and object in the submitted work and your wider practice, explaining if relevant your experience and familiarity with printing process.

Dimensions of work

The ‘3D object’ will be displayed in Craft NI’s display plinths. These sit approx. 1m high and are covered by a lockable Perspex cover with interior dimensions of 50cm squared.Objects must fit within these dimensions to be selected. - 2D elements of the exhibition will be considered on a case by case basis. There is no size limit but it will not be possible to display very large work due to space restrictions.

Duration of exhibition

The exhibition will be shown in the Craft NI exhibition space and around Cotton Court building, opening for Culture Night 2017 and will remain on show for 1 week.

Work will be insured for the duration of the exhibition. Craft NI will not sell work directly but artists details will be provided to prospective buyers.

Conditions of entry

  • Submissions must be from makers resident in Northern Ireland.  
  • A maximum of 6 artists will be selected by a panel made up from a representative from Craft NI, the BPW an independent artist/maker with suitable experience. 
  • Selected artists will arrange their BPW studio access directly with BPW.  
  • Once selected, artists should invoice Craft NI for 80% of the materials bursary and the remainder will be paid on production materials receipts. 

Download an application form HERE. Submissions must be completed in full and arrive with Craft NI before the deadline of 4pm, Tuesday 15 th August. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.


Image Credit: Catherine Keenan, Seeing Stripes, Belfast Print Workshop, April 2 – May 2 2015