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									                    Crafts, Applied Arts and Contemporary Design

                      Arts Council of Northern Ireland Draft Policy



Vision Statement

That Northern Ireland becomes established as an area of excellence in the design, production
and exhibition of crafts and applied arts and that crafts, applied arts and contemporary design
become recognised as an essential element within the cultural, social and economic landscape.


Mission Statement

To promote, encourage and advance the creation of high quality and innovative works of
crafts, applied arts and contemporary design in Northern Ireland; to raise the awareness,
profile and understanding of crafts, applied arts and contemporary design within the public.


Policy Objectives

i)      To promote the work of Northern Irish designer/makers to a wide audience, both at
        home and abroad.
ii)     To encourage designer/makers in Northern Ireland to be innovative and creative and
        to develop their technical skills.
iii)    To assist new designer/makers to establish in Northern Ireland.
iv)     To develop and enhance the opportunities for audiences in Northern Ireland to
        experience and view high quality crafts, applied arts and contemporary design.
v)      To develop and strengthen the infrastructure of groups and networks that support and
        promote crafts, applied arts and contemporary design.


Area of Arts Council of Northern Ireland Interest

Whilst aware that the crafts, applied arts and contemporary design sector lacks a commonly
accepted definition and parameters, we consider the following to be essential elements:
- Crafts businesses, including designer/makers, retailers and ‘giftware’ manufacturers
- Contemporary Crafts and Applied Arts within museums, collections and galleries
- Heritage, indigenous and traditional crafts
- Crafts within education (formal and non-formal) and training
- Crafts as applied to public art and the built environment

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s interest and influence is obviously greater in certain
areas within the crafts and design spectrum. Therefore, ACNI’s response to the needs and
opportunities present in the sector must be specific and targeted accordingly. ACNI
properly has an interest in contemporary works of applied arts and design led crafts that show
a high degree of creativity, innovation, skilled workmanship and originality. This interest
naturally extends into the support and enhancement of an environment where such work is
both valued and encouraged.

It must be stressed that while ACNI has both remit for and interest in crafts, given the diverse
nature and wide range of elements within this sector, any policy, strategy and intervention
should segue as far as is possible with that of other development agencies. Only an
inter-agency approach can maximise positive long-term and structural change. ACNI is
therefore committed to working with other agencies and bodies towards co-ordinated and
appropriate support for crafts in Northern Ireland.


Lottery Special Initiative on Crafts, Applied Arts and Contemporary Design

ACNI has allocated a fund of £500k from National Lottery resources for Crafts, Applied Arts
and Design, intended to pump-prime the sector. This will be distributed through five
initiatives (outlined below) that reflect ACNI’s area of interest and policy objectives. They
compliment ACNI’s existing funding structures and are intended to be mainstreamed into
existing lottery schemes following the distribution of this fund.

1. Start-up and Development

Aims:
- To encourage new crafts, applied arts and contemporary design practitioners to establish
   in Northern Ireland.
- To support existing designer/makers in innovation and pursuit of excellence.

Synopsis:

The purpose of this initiative is to provide support for designer/makers and applied artists at
the early stages of starting a business. It is anticipated that successful applicants will possess a
high degree of creativity, skill and innovation, demonstrate potential for excellence and will
be able to develop a viable business plan.

The scheme will be run in partnership a range of host organisations who will offer a 2 year
placement for applied artists and designer/makers, providing studio space, facilities,
administrative and professional support. It is envisaged that these hosts will include
museums, arts centres and venues, colleges and industry. In addition to financial support,
successful applicants will be offered appropriate training and mentoring throughout the
duration of the programme.

Awards:
It is anticipated that the award will be made up of research, development and subsistence
grant (up to £4k in year 1 and up to £2K in year 2); start-up costs allowance (up to £3k) and
training allowance (up to £2k)

10% partnership funding will be required

Fund:
£100,000 over a three year period


2. Curation, Research and Exhibition

Aims:
- To increase the quantity and quality of crafts, applied arts and contemporary design
   exhibitions in Northern Ireland

Synopsis:
An initiative to support the creation, curation, exhibition and touring of crafts, applied arts
and contemporary design throughout Northern Ireland. This will include both work from
Northern Ireland and high quality work from abroad. Within this initiative, we are keen to
see the highest possible quality of experience created and will therefore be keen to support
research, cataloguing, critical debate and education and outreach opportunities.

Awards:
A fund of £100,000 is available over a three-year period.
It is anticipated that no single grant will be above £20,000.

Partnership funding of at least 10% will be required.

Eligibility:
Applications will be welcome from a wide range of legally constituted groups.
- Local authorities, registered charities and other organisations which cannot distribute
    profits may apply for funds.
- Commercial organisations can only apply for support if the project is primarily for the
    benefit of the public rather than their own commercial interests.
- You do not have to be primarily an arts organisation, although the focus of the project
    must be on arts/crafts activities
- Organisations with limited membership, schools, colleges and universities must
    demonstrate that the project will have a benefit to a wider public.
- Public sector agencies can apply for projects which are outside their statutory remit.
- Organisations currently in receipt of other ACNI revenue or Lottery grants must
    demonstrate that the project is additional to any programme already funded
- Groups of organisations (consortia) working together to deliver specific projects


3. Crafts, Applied Arts and Contemporary Design Infrastructure

Aims:
- To encourage a strong network of groups, organisation and consortia that can support and
   promote crafts, applied arts and contemporary design.
- To develop a support network for designer/makers that will encourage exchange of
   information and create opportunities for innovative marketing and making

Synopsis:
Targeted at existing crafts networks and at areas (both geographical and by discipline) where
no networks currently exist, it is intended that this initiative can be used to kick start sectoral
infrastructure. Particular focus will be on effective information exchange, creation and
support of local events and opportunities, marketing opportunities and
participatory/educational initiatives.

Awards:
A fund of £140,000 is available over a three-year period. It is anticipated that no grant will
be above £40,000.

Partnership funding of at least 10% will be required

Eligibility:
See criteria for Curation, Research and Exhibition


4. Skilling the Sector

Aims:
- To provide designer/makers in Northern Ireland with the opportunity to develop their
   creative, business and technical skills.
-   To encourage an inward flow of ideas and technical expertise to Northern Ireland.

Synopsis
This initiative seeks to address current limitations within the sector regarding appropriate and
high quality training and skilling opportunities. Research has identifies a number of key
weaknesses and opportunities within crafts, applied arts and contemporary design. Most
notable amongst these are an absence of appropriate design and market related training, the
need to strengthen the skills base and the need to create opportunities for designer/makers to
be able to engage with industry and education. The focus of this initiative will therefore be
on mentoring, masterclasses, residency opportunities and engagement with design
consultancy and the commercial sector.

Awards:
A fund of £100,000 is available over a three-year period. It is anticipated that no single grant
will exceed £20,000.

Partnership funding of at least 10% will be required

Eligibility:
See criteria for Curation, Research and Exhibition


5. New Works – Crafts, Applied Arts and Contemporary Design Commissioning
   Scheme

Aims:
- To ensure that Northern Irish works of crafts, applied arts and contemporary design are
   well represented in collections, museums and galleries.
- To encourage the documentation of Northern Irish works of crafts, applied arts and
   contemporary design.
- To encourage a vibrant market for crafts, applied arts and contemporary design.

Synopsis:
At present, the domestic market for commissioned works of crafts, applied arts and
contemporary design is small and under-developed. This initiative will support the
commissioning of works under £5K. Works whose purchase is assisted under this scheme
must be accessible to the public and displayed as such. It is also intended that this
programme can be used to seed more substantial collections.

Awards:
The primary focus of this dedicated Crafts, Applied Arts and Contemporary Design fund is
new works under £5,000. For works above £5000 and for public art, refer to the Arts Lottery
New Works programme.

Partnership funding of at least 10% will be required

A fund of £60,000 is available over a three-year period.

Eligibility:
See criteria for Curation, Research and Exhibition
                                                                Policy Objectives against Initiatives


                           Policy Objective 1:          Policy Objective 2:           Policy Objective 3:            Policy Objective 4:            Policy Objective 5:
                           To promote the work of       To encourage                  To assist new                  To develop and enhance the     To develop and strengthen
                           Northern Irish               designer/makers in            designer/makers to establish   opportunities for audiences    the infrastructure of groups
                           designer/makers to a wide    Northern Ireland to be        in Northern Ireland.           in Northern Ireland to         and networks that support
                           audience, both at home and   innovative and creative and                                  experience and view high       and promote crafts, applied
                           abroad.                      to develop their technical                                   quality crafts, applied arts   arts and contemporary
                                                        skills.                                                      and contemporary design.       design.
Initiative 1:
Start-up and Development
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Initiative 2:
Curation, Research and
Exhibition                                                                                                                       


Initiative 3:
Crafts, Applied Arts and
Contemporary Design                                                                                                                                           
Infrastructure

Initiative 4:
Skilling the Sector
                                                                                                                                                               


Initiative 5:
New Works – Crafts,
Applied Arts and                                                                                                                 
Contemporary Design
Commissioning Scheme

								
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