Conferences & Maker Training

Craft & Cultural Conversations: Final Keynote & Curator's Review

Closing date: 28 Oct 2021

Namita Gupta Wiggers

In our final event, closing Keynote speaker Namita Gupta Wiggers will discuss communities in craft from her perspective as a curator and educator.

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. 

For our final event, we are delighted to welcome our closing Keynote speaker Namita Gupta Wiggers to discuss communities in craft from her perspective as a curator and educator. The series ends with an overview of this programme's themes by the curator Dr Catharine Rossi of Kingston University.


Craft & Cultural Conversations: Final Keynote & Curator's Review

Date: 5pm - 6:30pm, Thursday 28 October 2021

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Namita Gupta Wiggers is a curator, educator, and writer based in Portland, Oregon. She is the Director, Master of Arts in Critical Craft Studies, Warren Wilson College, North Carolina, a low-residency program focused on craft history and theory.

Wiggers leads Critical Craft Forum, an online and onsite platform for dialogue and exchange about craft, including an active Facebook Group and annual sessions at College Art Association. From 2004-14, Wiggers served as the Curator and Director (2012-14) of Museum of Contemporary Craft. Wiggers serves on the Board of Directors of Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Maine, and on the editorial boards of Garland and Norwegian Crafts. Current projects include: Companion on Contemporary Craft, Wiley Blackwell Publishers, and a research project on gender and adornment with Benjamin Lignel.

Dr Catharine Rossi is an Associate Professor in Design History at Kingston School of Art, Kingston University, London. She is Director of Research for the School of Critical Studies and Creative Industries and UoA 32 coordinator for REF 2021.

Her research interests include histories and theories of design and craft past and present. She completed her AHRC-funded PhD at the RCA/V&A Museum in 2011 and developed this research into Crafting Design in Italy: From Postwar to Postmodernism (MUP, 2015).

Together with Alex Coles, Catharine is co-editing Post Craft: Towards New Economies of Making (Sternberg Press, forthcoming), which brings together academics and practitioners to explore the recent craft resurgence. In 2016, she was Principle Investigator on China’s Creative Communities: Making Value and the Value(s) of Making.

Catharine other research interests include nightclubs. Most recently she co-curated Night Fever: Designing Club Culture 1960 - Today (Vitra Design Museum, 2018), which is currently touring to the V&A Dundee until January 2022.


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

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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:
28 Oct 2021 4:00pm
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