Craft & Cultural Conversations 2021

23 Sep - 28 Oct 2021

Photography by Susan Castillo

Craft & Cultural Conversations returns this autumn on the theme of Craft & Community, curated by Dr Catharine Rossi. 


Online (Zoom)

Join us this autumn for insightful conversations placing craft in a cultural context. 

This year's Craft & Cultural Conversations programme is curated by Dr Catharine Rossi on the theme of Craft & Community and explores current social themes including isolation, inequality, digital access and the craft economy.

Originally planned as part of the Craft Scotland Conference, and postponed due to the pandemic, this programme will present a vibrant mix of online talks and panel discussions. Craft & Cultural Conversations programme first debuted during Craft Week Scotland 2020

Dr Catharine Rossi is the Associate Professor in Design History at Kingston School of Art, Kingston University, London and her research interests include histories and theories of design and craft, past and present.

Most recently Catharine co-curated Night Fever: Designing Club Culture 1960 - Today (Vitra Design Museum, 2018) which you can visit at the V&A Dundee until Sunday 9 January 2022. Learn more about our Guest Curator.  


Theme: Craft & Community

Communities have long been at the centre of craft; from guilds to communes, makerspaces to knitting circles. Craft makes communities and communities make craft, and strong craft communities can help tackle issues from a local to a societal level.  


We are in a time when the idea of community is being challenged: increasing social and political divides see communities based on opposition rather than unity, and digital culture engenders isolation as much it brings people together.  


Within craft, socio-economic barriers and the challenges facing craft education only serve to heighten the lack of diversity in the profession, and there are questions around the power relations at play in working with craft communities near and far.  


We need to discuss what community means for craft now, in order to ensure strong, vibrant and inclusive craft communities in the future.



Full speaker line-up to be announced in August. Sign-up for our newsletters to be the first to hear. 


Sliding Scale Tickets

You can now choose what you pay based on your circumstances.  


Our new Sliding Scale Tickets ensure Craft Scotland events are as accessible as possible for the Scottish craft community.  


Use the ticket descriptors to decide which level is appropriate for you - you will not be required to show any proof, all we ask is that you are honest.  


Craft Scotland is a registered charity, and all tickets purchased contribute towards our vibrant programme that supports makers and champions Scottish contemporary craft, as well as engaging projects that connect communities with craft all year-round. 

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