Belfast Telegraph

Portadown artists exhibit the craft which helped make businesses work

By Staff Reporter

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.

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