COMPASS: Emerging Maker Programme 2020

24 Jan 2020

Photography by Neil Hanna

COMPASS: Emerging Maker Programme 2020 is a learning and development programme for talented makers in the early stages of their craft career.


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The COMPASS: Emerging Maker Programme 2020 would usually run from March to October 2020, however the programme was interrupted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) and so will be extended until October 2021.

COMPASS: Emerging Maker Programme has a dedicated cohort of makers working through the programme together. Meet the makers participating in 2020.  

The programme takes a practical approach through a series of workshops and webinars, an immersive four-day COMPASS Residential, one-to-one sessions, work critiques, and a follow-up True North Session. Learn more about the Programme and our Speakers

COMPASS is Craft Scotland’s learning and development programme created specifically for makers. COMPASS focuses on developing craft talent and equipping individuals with the necessary skills to create a sustainable craft practice. 

COMPASS offers a unique mix of active learning, mentoring and specialist advice, and has been developed together with Elaine Furnivall, a Chartered Occupational Psychologist who specialises in personal and organisational development.

Craft Scotland have created three programmes to provide support for a wide range of craft careers: Next Generation, Emerging Maker and Established Maker. Participants can cultivate networks and develop their knowledge about selling effectively, marketing, entrepreneurship and more. 

COMPASS is supported by the William Grant Foundation and Creative Scotland. 


Participating in the COMPASS Programme has really helped me focus on my business and my practice and work out where I want to take it next.  It's also been great, especially in the last year, to be part of a group of creatives who are there to support each other.

Emma Wilson, COMPASS: Emerging Makers Programme Cohort 2020

Participating in COMPASS has given me the confidence to build a craft practice that best serves my values and my customer base. Having the exposure to different makers, business models, and disciplines has widened my thoughts to how I sustainably and successfully run my own brand.

Fiona Hall, Camban Studio, COMPASS: Emerging Makers Programme Cohort 2020
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