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.