With the hubbub of London Craft Week over and less than nine weeks until our Summer Show kicks off, our 2018/19 programme is off to a fantastic start. We are now thrilled to announce our full programme for this year, alongside long-standing favourites we also have a number of exciting new projects.
Following on from 12 months of sector research and listening to makers’ feedback, Craft Scotland is creating a brand-new maker development programme. Launching in late 2018, this programme has been generously funded by the William Grant Foundation. Supporting makers’ creative and professional development is one of Craft Scotland’s main focuses: this bespoke programme will have three strands, catering for start-up, emerging and established makers.
We are also delighted to announce that Craft Scotland is now a Trade Challenge Partner for Department of International Trade (DIT, formerly UKTI). Following on from several maker go-and-sees and sector research, we have identified NY Now as a rewarding international trade show for makers to attend. Through DIT, we have secured funding for 12 makers to attend NY Now in February 2019.
After two successful years presenting Scotland: Craft & Design at London Design Fair, Craft Scotland is currently re-evaluating our participation in this event due to the loss of funding for our show partners, Emergents. If you are still interested in taking part in London Design Fair 2018, please contact the show organiser directly.
Full details of our 2018/19 programme:
Craft Scotland x Heal’s at London Craft Week (Wednesday 9 to Sunday 13 May 2018)
During London Craft Week 2018, visitors delved into the work of five Scotland-based designer/makers as they took up residence at Heal’s on Tottenham Court Road.
NEW: Craft Scotland Graduate Award (launched late May 2018)
Our new Craft Scotland Graduate Award is an exciting initiative we have developed specifically for undergraduates who make works in a craft discipline that we support.
Craft Scotland Conference: New Ways of Seeing (Thursday 7 to Friday 8 June 2018)
The Craft Scotland Conference offers makers, curators, industry specialists and those interested in contemporary craft the opportunity to get inspired, share knowledge, and make connections.
Craft Scotland Summer Show (Friday 3 to Sunday 26 August 2018)
A firm fixture on the Scottish craft calendar, the Craft Scotland Summer Show returns in 2018. Our annual selling exhibition will present contemporary, design-led craft throughout August on the second floor of White Stuff, George Street, Edinburgh. Plus, our popular maker-led workshops are back, book your spot now. Maker applications are now closed.
Curatorial talk (Thursday 13 September 2018)
Following on from Professor Simon Olding’s insightful talk about his curatorial practice behind Things of Beauty Growing exhibition at Yale Center for British Art. Glasgow School of Art will host our next curatorial talk by Professor Elizabeth Moignard, discussing her silver and jewellery collecting practice.
NEW: Maker Development Programme (launching late 2018)
A brand-new maker development programme for Scotland-based makers. Funded by William Grant Foundation. Maker applications open late 2018.
The Craft Gallery at Scotland’s Trade Fair (Sunday 20 to Tuesday 22 January 2019)
The Craft Gallery at Scotland's Trade Fair Spring seeks to raise the profile of quality contemporary craft amongst trade buyers. This is an initiative between Craft Scotland and Springboard Events Ltd. Applications are now open through Springboard Events Ltd.
NEW: NY Now (with DIT) (Sunday 3 to Wednesday 6 February 2019 tbc)
Showcase your design-driven products at this leading international trade show for contemporary handmade objects. Craft Scotland is delivering Trade Show Access Programme (TAP) grants as a Trade Challenge Partner of Department of International Trade (DIT formerly UKTI). Maker applications open Summer 2018
Collect (Thursday 28 February to Sunday 3 March 2019)
Craft Scotland will return to the international art fair for contemporary objects, run by the Crafts Council. Maker applications are now closed.
Making Spaces (all year round)
Through our year-round outreach and engagement programme, we aim to increase and diversify the audience for craft by working with partners on a long-term series of meaningful participatory workshops.
Digital home of Scottish craft (all year round)
Don’t forget, our website is a valuable resource for makers, curators and those interested in contemporary craft – from craft event listings to interesting articles, maker opportunities to helpful resources.
You can shop beautiful objects from Scottish makers’ studios straight to your home. Discover everything from wearable art to home decor with the Craft Scotland Marketplace.
Craft Scotland celebrates with Visual Arts Scotland (dates tbc)
Craft meets fine art in this recurring craft medium showcase at Visual Arts Scotland annual exhibition. Now in its third year, this popular showcase has previously explored ceramics and glass techniques.
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