Craft Advocacy & Developing Knowledge

10 Aug 2018

Elevating the profile of craft and generating support for the sector is a vital part of Craft Scotland’s role.


All Across Scotland

We regularly represent and promote craft to influencers, including; politicians, partners, the media and funders.​

Fair pay
We support makers in these challenging economic times by following and encouraging Scottish Artist Union rates of pay and supporting artist exhibiting fees. Championing fair business practices, we are signatories to the Scottish Business Pledge and are a Scottish Living Wage employer.

Developing knowledge
We encourage networks and develop knowledge within the sector, in 2017/18 we ran a series of events, including; facilitating a pilot CPD session for Midlothian teachers and a professional mentoring scheme for emerging-makers to develop their creative and business skills in Aberdeenshire with The Barn. Also, we ran a series of workshops on internationalisation and digital skills.  

Curatorial practice
We are a leading member of the Craft Development Network, a group of craft professionals who meet bi-annually to share knowledge. Craft Scotland hosted our first Curatorial Talk in January 2018 with renowned curator Professor Simon Olding. This was held in partnership with Edinburgh College of Art and the RAFT Research Group.

Membership & networks
We are members of a number of organisations, nationally and internationally, to ensure that craft is integrated with the wider cultural sector and that the voice for craft is heard in all important debates. Membership includes World Craft Council (Europe), Michelangelo Foundation network partner, Green Arts Initiative and Arts & Business Scotland

Fiona Logue, our Director, is on the steering committee of Culture Counts, the collective voice of Scotland’s cultural sector. She regularly inputs into cultural strategy discussion, is a signatory to cultural open letters and regularly communicates with MSPs.

We are a signatory to Scotland’s Digital Participation Charter and we encourage greater digital literacy for a skilled and empowered sector through our activities. We ran six digital marketing workshops in 2018 with Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International to upskill makers across Scotland on online content creation, SEO and online export. 

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