MAKE | Learn

30 Oct 2020 - 31 Mar 2022

Graphic Design by After The News, illustration by Alice Dansey-Wright

Designed to strengthen craft education in Scotland’s primary and secondary schools, and beyond.


All Across Scotland

MAKE | Learn is a new partnership between MAKE and Craft Scotland to review and strengthen the provision and development of craft education in Scotland’s primary and secondary schools, and beyond. 


MAKE| Learn will be divided into two connected projects and a teacher survey.  A Research Paper, led by Craft Scotland with researcher Rosemary James-Beith, will map out best practice for craft education.  


A Pilot Schools Project, led by MAKE with maker Soizig Carey, intends to focus on the value of craft education within and beyond the school setting. 


The survey is aimed at teachers, headteachers and educationalists who deliver craft education in Scotland’s primary and secondary schools. Take the Survey


Read more about researcher Rosemary James-Beith and maker Soizig Carey’s work and their thoughts on the year ahead


About the Projects 

The Research Paper aims to audit and evidence current provision and best practice models for craft education in primary and secondary schools in Scotland.  

This research aims to identify key issues and propose recommendations to best tackle inequality in craft education through surveys and case study. 

This project is led by Craft Scotland with researcher Rosemary James-Beith, and the paper will be published in June 2021.  


The Pilot Schools Project is led by MAKE with maker Soizig Carey, and it will take place from March to June 2021.   

This project is designed for children both within and beyond their educational setting, considering differing levels of economic and digital poverty.  

Working with Scotland-based makers, pupils will explore craft topics such as traditional and contemporary craft practice in Scotland, materials and their connection to place and the natural world, and the circular economy. These topics will be considered through the development of a craft skill, playfulness, creativity and experimentation.  


About MAKE | Learn 

MAKE | Learn grew from the framework of the MAKE: Manifesto, and is built around three key areas, identified through the MAKE Happen event in October 2019. 


Education: Ensuring access for children and young people to making skills and introducing children and young people to career paths within craft, art and design.  


Digital Resourcing and Connectivity: Supporting networking, knowledge sharing and skills development.  


Diversity and Inclusion: Broadening the audience base and ensuring routes into craft as a career are sustainable, open and accessible to all.


MAKE is currently hosted by Glasgow-based curatorial arts organisation Panel



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