Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

20 Mar 2020 - 31 Dec 2021

Photography by Angelina Litvin on Unsplash

Our commitment to keeping the sector informed and supported during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic 


All Across Scotland

In early 2020, the world faced an unprecedented situation with the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Like the rest of the UK, the entire craft community – from makers, craft organisations, curators to audiences – was affected by these challenging and uncertain times.  

From the onset of the pandemic and the subsequent UK lockdowns to the progressive re-opening of the country and international trade, we committed to keeping the sector informed and supported. We reviewed our programme for 2020/21, created responsive work and resources, and moved toward creating COVID-19 resilient programme for the following year. Learn more about our programme.

The pandemic challenged our community in terms of income, studio access and mental health, and its impact will continue to be felt across the sector and wider world for a long time. The craft community have shown such creativity and resilience in the face of this international crisis, and we want to continue to work to make Scotland a place where craft is valued as culturally significant, essential to our economy and meaningful to our communities.  


[I am] really grateful to Creative Scotland, Craft Scotland and others for trying to put the case of artists to Scottish Government.

Respondent to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact Survey

[The pandemic meant] the impossibility of attaining a sufficient degree of certainty to resume realistic programming

Respondent to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact Survey

Hard times ahead but craft is a 'happy place' for people.

Respondent to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact Survey
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