We believe that everyone should have opportunities to see, enjoy, participate in and buy craft. Through our Outreach programme, we aim to increase and diversify the audience for craft.
Location:All Across Scotland
Our Outreach programme started life as Meet Your Maker, and has evolved thanks to feedback from participants, makers and partners. We aim to highlight how meaningful craft can be to communities, research has shown that craft contributes to individuals’ wellbeing, health and quality of life (opens PDF). We want to bring these benefits to those who might not normally have the opportunity to be involved in craft. We think it’s important that anyone can appreciate and participate in high-quality craft projects.
To do this, Craft Scotland work with partners who can help us reach participants around the country, either as targeted groups or through open, public events. We bring makers out of their studios to get participants involved in creative learning through workshops, demonstrations, and hearing makers talk about their practice.
Our Outreach programme aims to diversify the audiences that engage with craft. Our current focus is on younger people, who have the potential to be the next generation of makers. Plus, we will be focusing on older people, particularly those living in rural or deprived areas of Scotland, as craft has the potential to improve their quality of life and reduce the feeling of isolation.
For 2017/18, we are working with multiple partners on a series of meaningful workshops, including; the Living Memory Association, Fife Contemporary, National Museums Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, and Glasgow Women's Library in association with Panel.
Lastly, we are running a series of events around continuous professional development for makers and teachers. Stay tuned for more details.