Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design Opportunities

Calling emerging artists – new craft incubator opportunity in Port Hawkesbury! 


Are you an emerging craftsperson looking for a fantastic opportunity to work on your creative practice, while developing a craft business? Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design, in collaboration with the Town of Port Hawkesbury, is excited to launch a new craft incubator space, the Customs House, on Granville Street in downtown Port Hawkesbury. The incubator will house shared fully equipped studio space for seven emerging craft producers working in clay, textiles and jewellery, as well as a retail space to sell their work. 


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Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design

“This is a very exciting opportunity for emerging craft producers who are looking to grow their craft through business skills development and marketing in a supportive cultural community,” says Lori Burke, Executive Director at Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design. “As an island-wide organization, we are thrilled to collaborate with the Town of Port Hawkesbury on this important project as we work to expand the creative economy on Cape Breton Island.” 


As artists in residence, you’ll have access to: 

  • Fully equipped studios 
  • Subsidized studio rent 
  • Craft business development support 
  • Marketing support 
  • Technical mentorship 
  • Opportunities to take your craft to market 


The Customs House provides a high profile platform for craft producers to create and launch new products in a supportive environment as well as an opportunity to share ideas and learn from peers. 


Applicants must be an emerging craftsperson with design and technical skills, have the beginnings of a marketable craft product line, participate in training and professional development opportunities, want a full-time career as a professional craftsperson and commit to working in the studio for an agreed amount of hours per week.  


Deadline for applications is May 18, 2018. 


For more information and the full application, visit: 

Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design

Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design


Cape Breton for Craft & Design’s mandate is to promote excellence in the field of craft and design, both professional and recreational, through education and training. The Centre’s role as an integral and leading force within the craft sector on Cape Breton Island is essentially educational, promotional and developmental.