Last month Birmingham-based charity Craftspace launched Craftspace+ at an event at BPN Architects in the Jewellery Quarter. Craftspace+ is the new supporters network for people curious about craft. The event gave a taster of what Craftspace+ is about; a chance to visit the workshop of silversmith Kevin Grey, view new work by Anna Lorenz, the chance to have a go at making with Shelanu Craft Collective and talk to the team about forthcoming programmes.
‘We’re privileged to work with a lot of brilliant makers and be completely immersed in the world of craft and making. For those who are curious about materials, processes and ways of working Craftspace+ membership will offer priority access to insights, experiences and events. Membership costs £30 a year and each one will help us deliver activities that benefit makers and communities.’
Like many arts charities Craftspace works hard to maintain their ability to provide activities free and accessible to all, particularly in challenging funding environments.
‘We have been looking holistically at our business model and thinking of entrepreneurial ways that we can generate resources to support our work. Craftspace+ supporters network is one of these new initiatives. We hope to draw a community of interest, people who share our passion about making, closer to us and connect with them in a deeper way than they do as an occasional audience member or participant.’
More information on Craftspace+ and how to join can be found here.