COMPASS: Established Maker Programme 2019

1 Jul 2019 - 31 Mar 2020

Susan O'Byrne / Photography by Ian Marshall

COMPASS: Established Maker Programme 2019 offers tailored one to one support for makers who are established in their practice.     


All Across Scotland

Our learning and development programme, COMPASS assists established makers with their creative and business development. Established makers are defined as those who have been practicing professionally for four-plus years. Each application is tailored and can consist of mentoring and specialist advice, or support for training and development, to develop themselves and/or their practice.

>> Round 1 & 2 have been announced for the COMPASS: Established Maker Programme 2019/20, meet the makers.

The selection panel for both rounds of the COMPASS: Established Maker Programme 2019/20 consisted of Diana Sykes (Director, Fife Contemporary), Jessica Bonehill (Creative Industries Officer, Creative Scotland) and Jo Scott (Craft Scotland, Head of Programmes).


COMPASS is Scotland’s route to a flourishing craft sector.  

Craft Scotland’s dynamic learning and development programme, COMPASS, delivers tailored support for the craft sector. We want to support craft talent and equip individuals with the necessary skills to create a thriving creative and business practice. COMPASS approaches learning and development holistically exploring values and self-development topics alongside business subjects such as finance and marketing.  

Originally launched in 2018 to focus on makers, COMPASS has since expanded to also provide support for curators and craft professionals. It is a continuously evolving programme of support responding to the unique needs of the community, informed by industry experts and feedback from the sector.  

Current activity includes our year-long flagship Emerging Maker programme and pilot project Emerging Curatorial programme. 

Previous COMPASS activities have included free webinars, industry networking sessions, bursaries for established makers to develop their practice and for graduates effected by the pandemic, and residencies for Next Generation makers.  

The COMPASS: Established Maker Programme 2019 was supported by the William Grant Foundation and Creative Scotland. 


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