COMPASS: Emerging Maker Programme 2022

1 Jan - 31 Dec 2022

Jane Harrison / Photography by Gabriella Silveira

COMPASS: Emerging Maker Programme 2022 is a learning and development programme for talented makers in the early stages of their craft careers.


All Across Scotland

Now in its fourth year, Craft Scotland’s flagship learning and development initiative COMPASS: Emerging Maker Programme focuses on nurturing talent. The programme equips individual makers with the skills they need to create a successful, sustainable, resilient business and creative practice. From ceramic artists to jewellery designer/makers and leatherworking, discover the eight makers taking part in this year’s programme.

COMPASS: Emerging Makers Programme has been designed to provide emerging makers with the building blocks to develop their craft business. The programme started in January 2022 with a series of online workshops running until May 2022. Delivered by knowledgeable workshop leaders who understand the day to day of being a maker, participants will be guided through the fundamentals of running a craft business, including finance, marketing, branding, and navigating the craft sector today. Explore this year's programme and meet the speakers taking part

The programme will also include a five-day immersive residential held at the renowned arts centre Hospitalfield in Arbroath. Participants will work through case studies, engage in peer-to-peer critiques, and explore their personal, professional and creative values. This element of the programme is an opportunity to address each participant’s unique needs and requirements.   

The programme takes a practical approach to nurturing a creative business through the early stages of development. Following the residential, participants will be paired with a mentor suited to their needs. There will also be access to one-to-one advice through dedicated individual surgeries.   


COMPASS: Dedicated Places

Craft Scotland knows that specific groups of makers are systematically under-supported in the craft sector and for 2022 Craft Scotland created dedicated places for makers on this programme with lived experience of being Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage and/or a Person of Colour, refugee, D/deaf, disabled and/or working class.



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. 

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. 


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement:  

In light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the programme may be subject to change. 

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