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Tips for Creative Crowdfunding

  • Amma Centre Market St Armagh, Northern Ireland, BT61 7BU United Kingdom (map)

Ever Considered Crowdfunding? 

This can be a powerful tool to raise funds to launch that new product, showcase your work or bring that idea to life! Your project must capture the attention of the public to be successful and so a carefully planned and well designed campaign is essential. This can seem an intimidating process for a first time user and so we will take the mystery out of it by chatting through tips for a successful campaign, the pitfalls and the opportunities. 

Join us for a discussion with three creative businesses who have reached their targets and have used the power of crowdfunding to develop their creative pursuits! See our guest profiles below. Each of our guests will present their individual experiences, followed by a group discussion on crowdfunding and answering your questions. We would love to hear about any project ideas you may have and we will brainstorm as a group to help to define your project. As usual, there will be time to meet and chat with other attendees and share a small bite to eat with us. Hope to see you there! This is a free event but please register here. 


Connla hail from the cities of Armagh and Derry and are made up of Ciara McCafferty (vocals), Ciaran Carlin (Flute/Whistles) and Paul Starrett (Guitar) Emer Mallon (Harp) and Conor Mallon (Uilleann Pipes/Whistles).

Labelled as the Hottest New Group out of Northern Ireland, (Chicago Irish American News) Connla have been quickly making an impact on the folk/traditional scene. Since the release of their EP in April 2015, they have been receiving rave reviews from home and internationally, and have already gathered a big following in Europe and the USA.

Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes, have helped them create a sound which is very identifiable as Connla.

The band used Kickstarter to crowdfund their 2016 album, which has now toured across Europe and will tour the US this summer. Conor Mallon of Connla will join us to talk about the  band's experience using crowdfunding. 

Whackpack Furniture

Benny Magennis launched Whackpack Furniture in 2015 using funds raised through Kickstarter to develop their Creepie Stool. Since then, the brand has grown from strength to strength launching 'Little Lampie' with more products on the way.

Whackpack Furniture is based in Monaghan and combines skills in making solid wood craft furniture with contemporary style and fun functionality. The products turn consumers into craftsmen and women, to enjoy a tactile family experience. Assemble these beautiful flatpack pieces in less than a minute! 

Benny will join us to share his story on launching his business through crowdfunding, explaining how it was integral to the development of his brand. 

Shauna McGowan

Shauna McGowan is a specialist in screen-printing, specifically on leather. Recently, she has further developed her skills in leatherwork to refine a range of printed fashion accessories. Shauna's prints are inspired by mythological narratives and her work examines life, death and grief through a vibrant use of colour and imagery on tactile surfaces. Shauna is twice recipient of the RDS National Craft Award in the Emerging Leatherwork Category. 

In 2012, Shauna used crowdfunding to allow her to develop a new collection of work to exhibit in Art at Wharepuke in Kerikeri, New Zealand. She will talk through her experience and share her tips for success. 


Earlier Event: March 29
Meetup with Sally Walmsley
Later Event: October 4
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