Craft & Cultural Conversations 2021

23 Sep - 28 Oct 2021

Photography by Susan Castillo

D.Charny_Photoby Andy Dunn

Online TalkCommunity vs. Network

11am-12.30pm, Thursday 23 September 2021

Hear from Professor Daniel Charny in this opening keynote about things he has learnt and unlearnt about communities and making over the last 20 years.

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Photography by Andy Dunn


Online TalkResearching Craft & Communities

11am-12.30pm, Thursday 7 October 2021

Academics Dr Karen Patel, Dr Stephen Knott, and Dr Justin Marshall share their insights into craft communities in UK, China and India in this panel discussion. Discover a range of perspectives including the impacts of inequalities, digital tools in craft and social media/entrepreneurism. 

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Online TalkEngaging Communities through Craft

11am - 12.30pm, Thursday 21 October 2021

Deirdre Figueiredo MBE in conversation with Professor Fiona Hackney. A series of short image-provocations will accompany stories designed to promote questions about how, why, and to what ends craft engages communities.

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Online TalkEmpowering Communities

11am - 12.30pm, Thursday 28 October 2021

Hear from Edmund Le Brun, co-founder of ISHKAR, and artist/maker Deirdre Nelson in conversation with Dr Stephen Knott, followed by an audience Q&A. In this panel talk, you will hear about different approaches to working with and empowering communities, in the UK and beyond, that are facing challenges.

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Online TalkFinal Keynote & Curator's Review

5pm - 6.30pm, Thursday 28 October 2021

For the final event, closing Keynote speaker Namita Gupta Wiggers will discuss communities in craft from her perspective as a curator and educator. The series will end with an overview of this programme's themes by the curator Dr Catharine Rossi of Kingston University.

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