The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has revealed that this summer will mark the 15th annual August Craft Month which features behind the scenes access to some master jewellers.
The Craft Month provides a network for makers and the public to meet, share and collaborate.
The programme is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and will feature a combination of both virtual and live in-person events. Included in the event is jewellers Steensons, who will welcome visitors to their workshop and gallery in Glenarm.
The goldsmiths can be observed using a variety of techniques to cut, shape and manipulate the metals, before detailing with textured finishes and stones.
Thomas Goldsmiths in Derry/Londonderry will also be opening their doors to visitors for sneak previews.
Suzanne Lyle, head of visual arts, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: “The Arts Council is delighted to support this wonderful celebration of craft, which offers an important platform to showcase the talent of our local craft makers, bringing great art to all.
“It has been an extremely challenging time for our craft industry and events like August Craft Month help raise awareness of the situation and help drive engagement with our makers.”
Katherine McDonald, director, Craft NI, added: “This is our 15th annual August Craft Month and quite possibly our most important yet as our makers really need support to help them emerge from the challenges of the last 16 months.
“I am sure our programme of events will have something to interest everyone with opportunities to take part online. As well as outdoor events and markets, we are delighted that the programme also offers a number of in-person events this year.”