Crafting Futures is a British Council global programme supporting the future of craft; its practices and people. In 2019, British Council launched Crafting Futures in China, aiming to foster international opportunities for UK and Chinese women artisans, explore sustainability and innovation across the craft sector and drive change among younger generations.
Four internationally-renowned designers have been chosen as finalists to design a spectacular light installation in the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations.
The competition, announced earlier this year, attracted interest from across the globe. The winner will receive a £100,000 award to take their project from concept to manufacture.
The finalists will have their work will be judged by a panel chaired by Blackpool Illuminations Creative Curator Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen on 20 November. The shortisted finalists are:
Crafts Council, the national develoopment agency for contemporary crafts in the UK, has created the International Export Toolkit using funding from the Department for International Trade.
The toolkit includes information on logistics, a 'how-to' guide, international events, case studies, and top tips from industry advisors and makers.
Read and download the International Export Toolkit:
From 18 to 29 June, the Menier Gallery in London will be hosting Material Evidence, an exhibition of new works by Quilt Art.
A partnership between British Council Scotland and Creative Scotland has led to £138,000 of funding going to 16 organisations after an open call for projects linked to European partners.
Successful bids for the funding receive between £6–10,000, and each project includes at least one European organisation, while helping to promote Scottish work around the world.
Winning organisations are:
MAKE 2019 is the Devon Guild's annual Christmas selling exhibiton, celebrating the diversity of contemporary craft. It's a show that focuses on selling handmade, high quality craftsmanship and connecting makers with our Christmas customers who come from all over Devon and beyond, for seasonal shopping. By highlighting one-off, unique pieces alongside small scale batch production we aim to offer a range of mediums and prices to suit all.
The Creative Land Trust has been launched, supported by the Mayor of London, Arts Council England, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Outset Contemporary Art Fund. It aims to secure long-term and affordable space for artists and creative people in London.
This innovative new organisation seeks to secure land and building space while keepong affordable rent rates by:
1. Purchase of freehold properties or long leases
2. Receipt of properties gifted or transferred by public or private partners
3. Purchase of buildings with a studio provider
SPARE PARTS, from 28 February to 12 May, is the second exhibition season from the new Science Gallery London at King’s College London in London Bridge. The free exhibition and accompanying events programme will explore the art, science, ethics and technology that enables human repair and alteration.
Six boroughs in London will receive over £11 million in funds to support artists and small creative businesses as the city’s first Creative Enterprise Zones (CEZ).
The CEZs are expected to create 3,500 new jobs, 1,000 new training, job and education opportunities for residents, and over 40,000 square metres of new affordable workspace.
The boroughs named as CEZs are: