Conferences & Maker Training

Craft & Cultural Conversations: Engaging Communities through Craft

Closing date: 21 Oct 2021

l/r: Deirdre Figueiredo MBE, Professor Fiona Hackney, Dr Justin Marshall.

Explore creating a safe space for healing, claiming, co-operation through craft with Deirdre Figueiredo MBE and Professor Fiona Hackney.  

Join Craft Scotland for Craft & Cultural Conversations 2021, curated by Dr Catharine Rossi, to discuss what community means for craft today and what’s needed to ensure strong, vibrant and inclusive craft communities in the future.  


Event information

Date: 11am-12.30pm, Thursday 21 October 2021

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Hear from Deirdre Figueiredo MBE in conversation with Professor Fiona Hackney, and moderated by Dr Justin Marshall, followed by an audience Q&A.

A series of short image-provocations will accompany stories designed to promote questions about how, why, and to what ends craft engages communities.

Drawing from examples of practice-based research projects that Deirdre and Fiona have conducted, together and separately, the provocations are organised under three themes: healing (care), claiming (identity), co-operation (connection).

The central argument is that in multiple ways craft(s) – its ethos, practices, heritage, skills, for instance – is uniquely valuable for community building. The question is, what next for craft and communities as we face a future of environmental, health, social, and economic challenges.

The speakers – one from a craft development organisation and one from academia – will also consider the benefits and challenges of cross-sector working and value of practice-based, applied research. Discussion will be opened up to the audience to respond to the provocations.


Sliding Scale Tickets: What Should I Pay?  

You can now choose what you pay based on your circumstances.

Our new Sliding Scale Tickets (£0 - £15) ensure Craft Scotland events are as accessible as possible for the Scottish craft community.  

Use the ticket descriptors to decide which level is appropriate for you - you will not be required to show any proof, all we ask is that you are honest.  

Craft Scotland is a registered charity, and all tickets purchased contribute towards our vibrant programme that supports makers and champions Scottish contemporary craft, as well as engaging projects that connect communities with craft all year-round.  


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Closing Date & Time:
21 Oct 2021 10:00am
Key Contact:
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