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Portadown artists exhibit the craft which helped make businesses work

By Staff Reporter

Published 28/07/2015

Alan Kane from Craft NI, designers Jude Cassidy and Derek Wilson with Suzanne Lyle from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Alan Kane from Craft NI, designers Jude Cassidy and Derek Wilson with Suzanne Lyle from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

An exhibition in Portadown is celebrating the 10th anniversary of a programme helping Northern Ireland's craft experts and designers to make it in business.

'Making it: 10' is presented by the Arts Council, Craft NI and Invest NI at the Millennium Court Arts Centre as part of August Craft Month. The programme has invested £200,000 in start-up craft businesses since it was set up in 2005.

The start-ups include Derek Wilson's ceramic business, which recently won a contract with US retail giant Crate and Barrel to produce a new dinnerware range.

Textile designer Jude Cassidy has also benefited, and recently won a contract with the Mandarin Hotel chain to produce blankets and cushions.

The exhibition opens at the Millennium Court Arts Centre, 2 William Street in Portadown and continues until September 23. Admission is free.

Belfast Telegraph

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