Apply to Hothouse 2020

Hothouse is the Crafts Council’s national programme of creative and business support for makers at the start of their career.

It is a part-time programme run over the course of six months that gives makers the tools they need to build a successful and sustainable craft business. Monthly full-day training sessions and a residential course will give you the skills to:

  • Create a business plan
  • Set business goals
  • Know how to do your accounts and price your work.  
  • Write and talk about your work confidently.
  • Market your practice well.

Over 200 makers have gone through the Hothouse programme since 2010. Past participants have gone on to:

  • Create installations for Selfridges and Burberry Makers House.
  • Exhibit at Design Miami Basel, Milan Design Week and London Fashion Week.
  • Win awards and commissions at the Eden Project, Aspex Plymouth and Nottingham Castle.
  • Undertake artistic residencies at the British Library amongst others.

The cost of Hothouse is supported by the Crafts Council and is £240 to the makers selected on to the programme (the value is £5,000 per maker).

Apply to Hothouse 2020

The Crafts Council has a very broad definition of craft. We are open to a range of disciplines, materials and ideas. If you are a talented maker able to demonstrate potential to commit to and succeed in your making practice – Hothouse could be for you.

We want to bring together a diverse group of talented makers from all over the country whatever their background or qualifications. We particularly welcome applications from currently under-represented groups in craft. Applicants who identify as Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and/or as disabled will be guaranteed an interview if they meet the quality criteria for the programme.

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Deadline for applications: 9 September 2019

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