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Craft Scotland launch COMPASS: Online, a new engaging environment for online learning and development for the craft sector. 



Continuing to build on the legacy of Craft Scotland’s learning and development programme COMPASS, this new digital offering shares insights and inspiration from across its five years to support an even greater number of makers, curators, educators and craft professionals. 

Free to access, the COMPASS: Online learning platform offers an engaging and accessible environment to facilitate knowledge sharing and peer-networks through forum functionality.  

>>> Sign-up to become part of our online learning community

The first launch of content in April 2024 has been developed in collaboration with 18 experienced makers and industry experts, bringing together knowledge from across the sector into a comprehensive learning tool for the craft community. It provides users with tailored advice and the flexibility to learn at their own pace, drawing from a diverse range of perspectives, experiences and business models.  

Watch videos related to craft businesses including financial forecasting and the Business Model Canvas. Learn about different routes to market and hear directly from makers about different approaches to selling and promoting their work. 

You can get inspired with Maker Journeys sharing behind the scenes of maker’s practices and discover various ways others have set up studios and spaces for making. 

Craft Scotland’s COMPASS: Online community offers an engaging and accessible environment for learning; with digital courses you can take at your own pace. Our learning platform is powered by Mighty Networks.  

All video content is accessible with full transcripts as well as optional captions, and written content is compatible with web screen readers.   

With further content continuing to be developed, the resource will cover a wide range of topics, including more business and marketing guides, the circular economy and holistic topics such as mental health and resilience. 

Key contributors for launch include David Crump from Cockpit in London, along with makers Laura Spring, Iseabal Hendry, Daniel Freyne, Angus Ross, and Stefanie Ying Lin Cheong.  


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 Maker programme, Curatorial programme and now COMPASS: Online.   

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


COMPASS programmes, including COMPASS: Online, are supported by the William Grant Foundation and Creative Scotland.  


Craft Scotland and the content creators do not accept responsibility for any person acting or refraining to act as a result of any information provided through COMPASS: Online. It is not intended to be definitive information covering all aspects but is commentary about the craft sector, business support and creative practice development. The information provided on this platform will be compiled using every best endeavour of Craft Scotland and of those contributing to it. 
COMPASS: Online Mighty Network users must not rely wholly on information given to decide on any specific course of action and must use their own judgement or seek appropriate professional or legal advice where appropriate to respond to their specific circumstances. 
No liability, howsoever caused, for loss or damage of any kind resulting from information provided on this platform attached to Craft Scotland, any of its staff or those individuals who contributed to the articles, guides, videos, transcripts, webinars on COMPASS: Online or its content in respect of any fault, error, negligence, or omission. 

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