The Craft Directory features professional makers living and working in Scotland. Learn how to apply today!
To apply, you will need to meet Craft Directory Criteria (below), complete an online form and send quality images of your work. Craft Scotland will then review your application to ensure it meets our curatorial conditions. If you have any questions about the new directory, please contact Craft Scotland. Alternatively, you can read our Frequently Asked Questions.
The Craft Directory is designed to showcase the best in contemporary craft from Scotland. It will not be a platform for every maker, but has been designed with Creative Scotland's ten-year plan in mind: to ensure Scotland can be a country where excellence and experimentation across the arts, screen and creative industries is recognised and valued. We understand this may seem restrictive, but the remainder of Craft Scotland's services (for example our Resources, Opportunities and programme of events and exhibitions) are open to any maker, living and working in Scotland. Should you not be accepted for a Directory listing, you should not assume this excludes you from any of Craft Scotland's other support. We hope our Directory acts as a goal for makers looking to progress in their craft career.
If you would like more information about the Craft Directory, including application information and FAQ's, please download our Directory application pack.
- Makers should be a professional crafts persons living and working in Scotland
- Makers should be working in one or more of the accepted disciplines
- All work should be the design of the maker and made by the maker (or small-batch production under their direct supervision)
- All work must reflect excellence and the unique vision of its maker, be well-conceived and skillfully made
Maker Quality Criteria
Your work should:
- Be technically excellent
- Show the uniqueness of the idea
- Show good design
- Show individuality
- Show a degree of innovation
- Embody a mastery of materials
- Show the development of work
Online Form Questions
In order to complete our online form, makers must be able to answer the following questions. The questions are designed to ensure makers on our Directory are working professionally in their craft discipline and committed to their practice. To progress with your application you must complete the necessary information, so please make sure you read the instructions carefully.
Section A - you must be able to say yes to at least one:
- Makers hold a degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant area, or
- Makers have trained as an apprentice in their craft discipline, or
- Makers have been practising professionally for at least three years
Section B – you must be able to say yes to at least two:
- Makers have exhibited their work publicly within the last 12 months (at a selected show, exhibition and/or event, this excludes degree shows)
- Makers have received one or more prizes, awards or bursaries for professional practice
- Makers’ work has been positively reviewed or featured in an art journal, magazine or newspaper
- Makers have been engaged by contractual agreement in an artist's placement scheme (e.g. a residency)
- Makers’ work has been purchased for one or more public collections
- Maker is represented by a gallery
- Maker’s work is stocked in one or more quality outlets
Maker Application Statuses
The Craft Scotland team will initially assess all applications. If you meet all of the Maker and Quality criteria and your online form supports your application you will be marked as eligible. You will then be sent your annual payment link. If there is any minor feedback the Craft Scotland team will contact you directly. After payment your profile will go live and you are then prompted to add more images and information.
If, when Craft Scotland reviews your application we would like the opportunity for a second opinion, we will submit your application to the independent Selection Panel for review. The Selection Panel will review your application against the Maker and Quality criteria, your online form questions and your photography. The Selection Panel meet four times a year.
If you cannot meet the majority of the criteria, your application will unfortunately not be eligible to move forward. Craft Scotland believes that feedback is an important part of their maker training and all non-eligible applicants will be sent a standardised feedback form. Craft Scotland is committed to supporting makers in their creative and business practice. You will still be supported in growing your practice through our other services, including our Maker Community section that includes Opportunities listings and our online Resources.
D. Panel Approved
If the independent Selection Panel review your application against the Maker and Quality Criteria and approve your application, you will be sent your annual payment link. If there is any minor feedback the Craft Scotland team will contact you directly. After payment your profile will go live and you are then prompted to add more images and information.
E. Found non-eligible by panel
If your application is found not eligible by the independent Selection Panel, you will be provided with a Selection Panel standardised feedback form. We suggest that you take some time to develop your creative and business practice, and re-apply within 12 months. Craft Scotland can support you in growing your skills; visit our online Maker Community to keep up-to-date with maker training, resources and opportunities listings.
In the interest of fairness, any applicants that Craft Scotland finds to be Non-Eligible during Step 1 have the right to appeal. You can write to Craft Scotland within 10 working days of receiving your application status and request that your application is sent to the next Selection Panel meeting to review. We encourage all Non-Eligible applicants to sign-up to our Opportunities newsletter in order to find out about future professional development events.