Craft Week Scotland 2020

9 Nov - 15 Nov 2020

Lisa Bech / Photography by Sophie Mutevelian

Craft & Cultural Conversations

Connecting Communities Through Culture_Young Scot workshop 2018 Photography by Ellie Morag

Online TalkConnecting Communities Through Culture

1pm, Monday 9 November 2020

Community leaders and experts discussed their craft, design and cultural projects and what community means to them.

This panel discussion was chaired by Tanwen Llewelyn (Programme Coordinator (Learning), Craft Scotland), and speakers included Gehan Macleod (founder partner, GalGale Trust), Gerald Richards (Chief Executive, Super Power Agency), and Arabella Harvey (Director, Round Table Projects). 


Photography by Ellie Morag

COMPASS Selling Craft from a Maker Perspective_StefanieCheong

Online TalkCOMPASS: Selling Craft from a Maker's Perspective

11am, Tuesday 10 November 2020

Three Scotland-based makers spoke about how the pandemic has affected their practice and how they have adapted their routes to market.  

This panel discussion was chaired by Veronique AA Lapeyre (Head of Communications & Digital, Craft Scotland) and speakers included jeweller/designer Stefanie Cheong, designer Alan Dibble of Green Thomas, and ceramic artist Frances Priest.

Makers discussed how to identify alternative selling routes during the pandemic, including selling online, directly through Instagram and #artistsupportpledge.  


Pictured: Stefanie Cheong / Photographer unknown

Routes into Craft_BorjaMoronta

Online TalkRoutes into Craft

1pm, Wednesday 11 November 2020

This event showcased emerging Scotland-based makers working across different disciplines, with different backgrounds and varied career paths, showing the many ways for people to build a successful career in craft. 

Participants heard from makers who have undertaken apprenticeships, informal learning, second career changers and art schools/colleges graduates, before an audience Q&A. 

The panel discussion was chaired by Jo Scott (Head of Programmes, Craft Scotland) and speakers included bookbinder Gillian Stewart, ceramicist Borja Boronta, jewellery designers Adrienn Pesti, Daniela Groza, and Kate McLaughlin, and textiles designers Elaine Wilson and Mariam Syed.


Pictured: Borja Moronta / Photography by the artist

Supporting Scottish Contemporary Craft_Florence Dwyer  Photography by Matthew Barnes

Online TalkSupporting Scottish Contemporary Craft

3-4pm, Thursday 12 November 2020

With practical insight in some of the programmes and awards that are highlighting the value of craft and supporting Scottish skills and talent today, participants heard the panellists thoughts about the future of the craft sector and how it might continue to be nurtured and developed. 

The panel was hosted by Irene Kernan (Director, Craft Scotland) and featured Susanna Beaumont (Design Exhibition Scotland - DES), Judith Harris (TOAST),
Miranda Harvey (Cordis Prize), and Euan McColl and Chloe Mullen (Jorum Studio and Jorum Craft Award).


Pictured: Florence Dwyer, winner of the Jorum Craft Award 2020 / Photography by Matthew Barnes

Craft & The Circular Economy_Mella Shaw, photography by James Robertson

Online TalkCraft and the Circular Economy

11am, Friday 13 November 2020

Featuring key figures in the world of sustainable and ethical making, this event focused on the circular economy and the ways craft and makers can incorporate circular values and approaches to their work.

The panel was chaired by Mary Michel (Founder, Ostrero and former Director, the Incorporation of Goldsmiths) and speakers included Emily MacDonald (Ethical Making Programme, the Incorporation of Goldsmiths), Kate V Robertson (co-director, Sculpture Placement Group and Circular Arts Network), and Mella Shaw (ceramic artist).


Pictured: Mella Shaw / Photography by James Robertson

Crafting the Museum_PhotocourtesyofVandADundee

Online TalkCrafting the Museum

3pm - 4pm, Saturday 14 November 2020

Closing Craft Week Scotland 2020, this panel discussion addressed how leaders in the museums and galleries saw their programmes developing in future years. In particular, it considered how craft and design can be supported and what the future of the craft sector looks like. 

The discussion was chaired by Catherine Holden, Chair of Craft Scotland Board, and speakers included Leonie Bell (Director, V&A Dundee) Chris Breward (Director, National Museums of Scotland) and Christine Rew (Art Gallery & Museums Manager, Aberdeen Museums & Galleries).


Pictured: V&A Dundee / Photography courtesy of the V&A Dundee

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