Conference 2018 - New Ways of Seeing

7 Jun - 8 Jun 2018

Studio Emma / Photography by Susan Castillo

Join us this June for the international Craft Scotland Conference - New Ways of Seeing. Book your early bird tickets today! 


Concession (2 day ticket): £70 Early Bird Standard (2 day ticket): £95 Standard (2 day ticket): £125 Buy Ticket
National Museum of Scotland
Auditorium, Level 1
Entry via Chambers Street
Chambers Street
Map Directions
10:00am - 5:00pm

Makers, curators and those interested in contemporary craft - this is your opportunity to get inspired, make connections and share knowledge with international experts. Book your early bird ticket before Friday 27 April 2018 and get 24% off.

The theme for this year's conference is New Ways of Seeing. Guest curated by Rose Watban, formerly the Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Design at National Museums Scotland, her programme will shine a light on makers and their innovative practices. The Craft Scotland Conference 2018 is in partnership with National Museums Scotland.

Over two days, you will hear insightful talks and dynamic panel discussions, which will focus on key themes affecting the craft world today. We are delighted to announce artist/jeweller Felieke van der Leest from Norway as a keynote speaker, who will bring her unique international perspective to Scotland.  

Stay tuned, more details of our exciting conference programme to come! We have lots of exciting speakers from home and abroad to be announced. Plus, more details about the break-out sessions and the social event coming soon. Follow #csconf18 for up-to-date information.  

Our popular hands-on workshops are back, along with the opportunity to engage with the National Museum of Scotland exhibitions and brush up on your practical business skills. 

This is the perfect opportunity for you to meet and exchange ideas with fellow makers and specialists. The Craft Scotland Conference has plenty of occasions for networking including a dedicated evening social event on Thursday 7 June. 

The two-day ticket is valid for both days of the conference and includes:

  • Entrance to all talks
  • Entrance to a break-out session
  • Entrance to an evening social event 
  • Lunch with refreshments

To celebrate the Year of Young People 2018 and inspire the next generation of makers, Craft Scotland is delighted to offer bursary tickets to representatives from The Young Women's Movement and the National Youth Arts Advisory Group

Learn more our accessible venue, the National Museum of Scotland. Some parts of this conference will take place at other nearby accessible venues, please get in touch for more information. 

If you have any access requirements, please email hello@craftscotland.org to let us know in advance of the conference. We want to ensure you are able to fully participate in the conference. 

Please note that all tickets are non-refundable. Read more about our Ticket Terms & Conditions


What was the most valuable part of the conference, and why? Being exposed to practitioners from different parts of the world/different backgrounds whom I would not get the opportunity to meet and chat with at any other time.

Craft Scotland Conference 2015 Attendee

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing! I really enjoyed the lectures, hearing a bit about the history of design, the practitioners, the workshops and the space to think creatively.

Craft Scotland Conference 2016 Attendee

I thoroughly enjoyed sitting in such an inspirational lecture theatre listening to the rich variety of speakers.

Craft Scotland Conference 2015 Attendee
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