Join Craft Scotland this October for Craft Week Scotland, a celebration of Scottish contemporary craft.
Running from Monday 25 – Sunday 31 October 2021, Craft Week Scotland is a nationwide celebration of Scottish contemporary craft. Created by Craft Scotland, it aims to highlight the vibrant craft sector and encourage Scotland to shop local and handmade during the vital Christmas selling period.
Makers, craft collectives, curators, craft destinations and craft organisations this is your chance to get involved! We are looking to raise awareness of the breadth and depth of craft talent and skill that Scotland has to offer.
From listing an Associated Event on the Craft Scotland website to sharing stories and works online via our social media channels, there are many ways to take part this year.
Craft Week Scotland 2020 included over 40 Associated Events, from open studios and workshops, pop-up shops and panel talks, with features in key media titles including The Herald, Times Alba, Scottish Field and many regional titles. On Instagram and Twitter, makers shared their stories, work in progress, inspirations and more using the hashtag #CraftWeekScotland over 500 times.
If you have an idea for a Craft Week Scotland Associated Event and want to discuss it with the team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ways to get involved
- List a Craft Week Scotland Associated Event
- Get involved through social media
List a Craft Week Scotland Associated Event
You can list your Associated Event for free on Craft Scotland’s What's On page.
The sooner you list your activity, the sooner we can start promoting your exciting offering through our marketing and PR campaign.
What is an Associated Event?
If you are organising craft events or activities during the week you can list these as an Associated Event for free on our What’s On page.
Think about whether you want to hold an in-person (socially distanced) event or an online event or activity. Below are some ideas to get you started:
In-person socially distanced events:
If you have a craft venue or pop-up space that people can attend socially distanced you could list your exhibitions, late-night shopping, collection launches, demos, workshops, events and talks etc.
Makers, studios and production facilities, you might consider hosting a workshop, event, demo, talk, open studio if you can safely open up your workshop space.
Last year saw a variety of exciting in-person Associated Events including Coburg Craft Week (Edinburgh), Nielanell’s Open Studio (Shetland) and Kevin Andrew Morris hosted Socially Distanced Ceramics workshops (Aberdeen).
Ideas for online events could be teaming up with your studio mates for an Instagram or Facebook live, hosting a Zoom talk on a craft topic, launching a collection on Instagram/website or promoting your online markets.
Digital audiences experience a variety of formats for digital Associated Events including an interactive selling event by makers Morven Mulgrew and Stefanie Ying Lin Cheong entitled QUALITY CRAFT VISION.
During the week, jeweller Genna Delaney hosted a Virtual Studio Tour and Demonstration of 3D printing Design Programme, there was an online lecture on British Mosaics From the 1850s to the Present with maker Helen Miles and curator Susanna Beaumont, and a week-long Instagram event to Meet the Makers behind Edinburgh workshop-collective Craft-ED.
Associated Events Criteria
To be included in the Craft Week Scotland campaign:
Your Associated Event should meet our What’s On criteria
Your Associated Event should take place anytime between Monday 25 – Sunday 31 October 2021.
Of course, if you have an event/exhibition happening out with the campaign you can still list your activity on What's On and we can promote it through our normal marketing channels.
Associated Event marketing pack
From the end of August, Associated Event hosts can access a Marketing Pack available to download with advice/tips, branding and social media assets.
We will have a limited number of Craft Week Scotland vinyl stickers to display on your venue's window/doors and flyers. Get in touch if you would like one.
B) Get involved with social media
From Shetland to the Borders, we are excited to share stories of contemporary craft from across the country.
You can get involved by sharing your craft story, works in progress, inspiration, images, blog posts or interviews through social media.
Every day Monday 25 – Sunday 31 October 2021 we will share, retweet & spread the word about Craft Week Scotland campaign.
Tag us and use the hashtag #CraftWeekScotland to join the conversation
Get in touch
If you would like to discuss your plans for an Associated Event during Craft Week Scotland, please get in touch with the Craft Scotland team at email@example.com.
If you would like support with listing your events on the What’s On section (link), please contact Mayanne Soret, Communications & Digital Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently asked questions
Q: How do I list my event?
You can submit your event for free to be listed on our What’s On page.
Once submitted, we will review your event and if eligible, approve it within 14 working days. You can submit your event through the What’s On form.
Please read the Uploading Terms & Conditions for the What's On listing to make sure your event is eligible. If you have any questions about your event's eligibility or would like support submitting your event, please contact Mayanne Soret, Communications & Digital Coordinator at email@example.com.
Q: I'm based out with Scotland; can I still be involved?
Thank you for your interest!
In-person Associated Events must take place within Scotland, whilst digital Associated Events must have a strong Scottish angle and feature a high-proportion of Scotland-based makers.
If you are a maker with Scottish heritage or a strong connection to Scotland, but are based outside of Scotland, we encourage you to get involved with the week through social media and the event programme.
Q: I can’t host anything this year, can I still get involved?
Absolutely! Why not write or re-share a blog post about your practice or projects, or you could post a series of images, inspiration or works in progress on social media using the hashtag #CraftWeekScotland to join in with the campaign.
Q: What is the cost to host an Associated Event?
There are no costs to be involved with Craft Week Scotland. You can list your Associated Event for free.
Q: When will the programme be revealed?
We will start launching the Craft Week Scotland programme in September 2021.
We suggest listing your Associated Event as soon as possible to maximise your promotion opportunities and take part in the Craft Week Scotland marketing and PR campaign.
Q: I am a craft buyer / visitor, how can I get involved?
You can discover the full vibrant programme for Craft Week Scotland on our What’s On page. There will be lots of things happening for you to see and do over the week.
Sign-up to our Inside Craft Scotland newsletter to be the first to hear about the programme launch.