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The Craft Scotland Conference 2016 

Craft Scotland Conference 2016 - for makers, crafts enthusiast and creatives

Get Inspired, Share Knowledge and Make Connections

Join 200+ makers, curators and industry specialists for one day of innovative thinkers, bold makers, and awe-inspiring players at the Craft Scotland Conference 2016

Early bird tickets available until Monday 22 August 2016

Become a more confident maker, and grow your creative and business practise through our series of insightful talks and stimulating masterclasses. This jam-packed one-day event will be held on Friday 7 October 2016 in Dundee. Our guest curator for 2016 is designer/maker Kristi Vana.

Kristi’s theme for this year is press play. She invites you to press play and join us for a day of talks and workshops from a wide range of innovative thinkers, bold makers, and awe-inspiring players on ways to mix work and play. 

Kristi says as a creative, “I often end up working on my own and I find the moment of releasing an idea from the constraints of my head to the wider world incredibly intimidating. I know I am not alone in this. Therefore, I feel incredibly privileged to be able to invite the fantastic Scottish maker community to come together for a day of letting go of those fears and playing a little”. 

Who's it for?

  • Makers 
  • Curators
  • Craft champions
  • Arts and culture professionals

Why attend?

  • Explore alternative approaches to craft
  • Meet and share knowledge with 200+ industry specialists 
  • Get inspired

Empowering the Maker Community

Craft Scotland is the national agency for craft. Our annual Conference is the perfect opportunity to focus on key themes affecting the craft world today. Through a series of insightful talks, stimulating masterclasses and fun workshops, our Conference allows you to become a more confident maker and grow your creative and business practice.

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Kristi Vana

Guest Curator

Kristi Vana is an experienced designer with a background in illustration, graphic design and product design. Originally from Estonia, she studied Fine Art and Graphic Design before moving to Scotland in 2004. Kristi takes great pride in what she calls a 'bonkers mix of jobs' she has done alongside her 10+ years of freelancing as a creative.

Every single one has been an invaluable step for an ongoing 'residency' in seeing how much scope there is for well designed, beautiful objects and experiences in the mundane of everyday situations. In 2008 Kristi returned to education and studied Product Design at the Glasgow School of Art. 

Kristi currently works as a Rug Tufter alongside her role as Retail Merchandiser at Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh. In addition, she runs her own design/creative production practice Half Past Plum and is a mentor for Creative Edinburgh.

She was previously involved with the Small is Beautiful conference and the Make Works independent design organisation bringing together makers and manufacturers. 

Craft Scotland Conference Dundee - Speakers Line Up

Speaker: Line-Up

We are thrilled to announce the imaginative Dominic Wilcox as our keynote speaker. Dominic works between the worlds of art, design, craft and technology to create innovative and thought-provoking objects. Other speakers include Founder of social enterprise Arthouse Meath, Becky Sheraidah, fashion designer Emily Millichip and branding storytellers O Street. 

Discover more about the Craft Scotland Conference speakers...



Time: 10am – 5pm

Date: Friday 7 October 2016

Address: Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN


  • Student/Unemployed/Retired - £28
  • Early Bird - £39
  • Standard - £49

Please let us know any dietary requirements in advance.

Craft Scotland Bursary Tickets

Craft Scotland wish to make the conference accessible to all makers. We have five bursary tickets for makers on low incomes. To apply for a bursary please fill in this short form. Awards will be made on a first come, first served basis. 

Emergents Bursary Tickets

Emergents are offering four bursary tickets for Highlands and Islands makers that includes the ticket price and a percentage of travel contributions. For more information please contact Emergents, or visit their website

Emergents is a community interest company that aims to support the development of creative careers, enterprise and the economy in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and beyond.

Please note: Craft Scotland has absorbed the Eventbrite booking fee within the ticket price. 

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