Craft & Curators

1 Apr 2016 - 31 Mar 2019

Craft Scotland at Collect 2019 / Photography by Sophie Mutevelian

A key part of Craft Scotland’s role is to support a sustainable infrastructure for craft this includes craft curators, strengthening networks and cultivating conversation. 


All Across Scotland

Craft Development Network 
We are a leading member of the Craft Development Network, a group of Scotland-based craft professionals who meet throughout the year to share knowledge.

Craft Scotland hosted a Curator Talk series in January 2018, part of our learning programme for the craft sector. We've heard from renowned craft curator Professor Simon Olding about his curatorial process underpinning the exhibition ‘Things of Beauty Growing’ and from Professor Elizabeth A Moignard about collecting contemporary jewellery.


Curatorial Research Project

Craft Scotland is thrillled to be collaborating with Dr Stacey Hunter, a Design Curator and Founder of Local Heroes, on a large-scale research project to look at the infrastructure of craft, to inform how curatorial development can be supported. Recent conversations have highlighted the lack of opportunities for craft curators in Scotland to launch and sustain careers resulting in fewer opportunities for makers to contextualise their practice, show work and reach a wider audience. This project will also focus on how the sector can address the lack of diversity within the craft curator space.  We will share our findings in 2021/22.  


Developing sector knowledge
In 2017/18, we facilitated a pilot continuous professional development session for Midlothian teachers and a professional mentoring scheme for emerging-makers to develop their creative and business skills in Aberdeenshire with The Barn.

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