Learning & Developing Networks

20 Sep 2018

Neil Hanna

A key part of Craft Scotland’s role is to support makers in developing a sustainable practice, strength networks and knowledge within the craft sector. 


All Across Scotland

In 2018, Craft Scotland launched Compass, our brand-new learning and development programme created specifically for Scotland-based makers. Compass is generously supported by the William Grant Foundation and Creative Scotland.

Compass is your route to prosperous making. Our goal is to develop craft talent by equipping makers with the necessary skills to create a sustainable creative and business practice. We have created three strands; Next Generation (0-1 years in business), Emerging Maker (1-3 years in business) and Established Maker (4+ years in business).  

Our learning and development programme will offer a special mix of active learning, mentoring and specialist advice depending on which strand is right for you. Topics that will be covered through the Next Generation and Emerging Maker strands will be; finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, branding, selling effectively, and more. The Established Maker strand will be a rolling programme suitable for makers, with four-plus years in business, allowing them tailored 1:1 support and advice. Through the residential course and mentoring sessions, Compass will encourage a forum for shared learnings, cultivating networks and engage in critical discourse.

Curatorial practice
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 launched 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.

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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