Mass gift-making as a shared symbolic act

20 Jul 2022

With athletes about to arrive in Birmingham for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, a mass gift-making initiative has been underway to welcome them. Deirdre Figueiredo led the project.

Rural art projects in Northern Ireland get £1.5m boost

Young people taking part in workshops run by arts organisation Glasgowbury
13 Jun 2022

New art fund launches to address needs of local rural communities as they emerge from the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Crafts charity rebrands for inclusive future

22 Nov 2021

Crafts charity Devon Guild of Craftsmen has rebranded to MAKE Southwest ahead of redevelopment plans.

A spokesperson said the new name reflects the many women involved in the gallery and its focus beyond Devon.

The charity plans to restore its Grade II-listed mill building to improve accessibility, restore its waterwheel and create new maker spaces for craftspeople. 

MAKE Southwest Chair Louis Victory said the works will turn the building into a “creative place in its own right”

“Although the early months of the pandemic were difficult, we are now operating successfully, having taken the opportunity to modernise and plan for an ambitious and exciting future.”

Arts company says 'art should be a safe space for debate' amid transphobia row

24 Jun 2021

Artichoke says it will keep Jess de Wahls' contribution to exhibition which provides a platform for "all women, trans and non-binary people": "We do not believe in cancel culture"

People need places (and vice versa)

31 Mar 2021

Caitlin Warfield writes that the future of culture and business in urban centres depends on their ability to work together.

55,000 arts jobs lost since lockdown

11 Dec 2020

"This is clear evidence of the existence and the scale of a jobs crisis," researchers say.

Societal trends have produced a fertile market for British crafts

stylish lounge with classic upholstered furniture
28 May 2020

The growth of online sales has expanded the craft market and provided more opportunities for disabled people, but fears are growing over the impact of Brexit, rising costs and competition forcing prices down.

A gentle way to change the world

Photo of Craftspace. Two young people doing craftwork
08 Apr 2020

The combination of the pandemic and impending climate change means the world we have known is about to change. As young people work out what matters to them – and what they can do about it – collective making can help, says Deirdre Buckley.

Creative conversations to start the day

Person using iPad
26 Mar 2020

How do you keep connected in our Covid-19 world? #CreativeNetwork is a chance to talk about creative responses to enforced separation – and drink coffee together. Jemma Neville explains. 

Crafting support for Scottish arts

A young woman screen printing at a workshop
16 Jan 2020

Eleven Scottish visual arts organisations have banded together to improve opportunities for artists and show their worth to policymakers and the public. Shân Edwards shares the story of Scotland’s Workshops.

Saving our living heritage for the future

Picture of watch
18 Nov 2019

Patricia Lovett makes the case for protecting and promoting historical crafts – an industry larger than British textiles.

Heritage key to creative industries’ success, report claims

24 Sep 2019

The Heritage Alliance is calling for greater recognition and funding to support the historic places and objects that underpin creative and cultural activities, challenging the stereotype of heritage as “a decorative incidental backdrop to contemporary creative work”.

Crafting their next steps

Photo of three woman building crafts, one using a handheld deal
11 Apr 2019

Katy Sadler explains how a festival in one of Birmingham’s busiest thoroughfares enables craft and design graduates to test their ideas in a supportive environment.

My Gurus - Leah Black

Photo of Leah Black
31 May 2018

WHALE Arts’ Leah Black explains how her career has been shaped by artists with a strong business understanding and her precious Clore notebook.

‘Cornerstones’ of Northern Ireland craft sector merge

10 Oct 2017

Craft NI is now the sole representative body for artists, designers and makers.

Job Ladder – Barney Hare Duke

Photo of Barney Hare Duke giving a speech
27 Sep 2017

As he opens the fifth British Ceramics Biennial, Barney Hare Duke tells us about his career, which started in the pottery studio.

Boosting employment in craft

Photo of two women looking at ceramics in a store room
14 Jun 2017

Cockpit Arts’ programme of support for apprenticeships in the craft sector is delivering tangible benefits among micro craft businesses, says Imogen Lawry.

Making a difference

Photo of message on bridge
10 Mar 2016

In Birmingham, craft projects are not only helping young people learn new skills but giving their self-confidence and resilience a boost. Deirdre Buckley explains how.

A future for craft

Photo of screenprinting poster of ‘Our Future is in the Making’
24 Nov 2014

The number of students choosing craft-related subjects is dwindling, research has revealed. Annie Warburton describes the action The Crafts Council is taking to reverse this trend.

New call for craft and enterprise in the curriculum

Photo of teenagers taking place in design workshop
11 Nov 2014

A manifesto for craft education aims to raise the profile of craft-based subjects in schools, where participation has declined by a quarter in five years.


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