COMPASS: Next Generation Programme 2019

1 Oct - 31 Dec 2019

Bryan Minear/Unsplash

We know that the first year of developing your craft practice is challenging. Learn more about our dedicated programme for the next generation of makers.


All Across Scotland

The Next Generation programme of COMPASS is a personal and business development programme for makers at the start of their career. We know that the first year in business is challenging. COMPASS: Next Generation Programme will equip participants with the knowledge and skills to decide how they want to take their business idea forward.

The programme is designed for those who have just graduated, or those who have just started their practice and have been in business for less than a year. The programme will help you challenge your business thinking and explore ways to make your business more sustainable and entrepreneurial.

For 2019, we asked makers Catherine MacGruer and Ruth Leslie to sit on the selection panel for COMPASS: Next Generation alongside Craft Scotland’s Jo Scott (Project Manager).

>>> Discover the inaugural cohort for COMPASS: Next Generation Programme



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: Next Generation Programme 2019 was supported by the William Grant Foundation, Creative Scotland and Baillie Gifford. 

Previous Project Next Project

Funders, Partners & Sponsors

Share this Project