https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/articles/how-can-the-craft-world-address-its-lack-of-diversity/?fbclid=IwAR25LqKLtAQqDqUnpeAQSffQTIw_MwUw8JkQgQfAdGZs0dYriNtMUZ128sY

 

 

The Crafts Council ask expert commentators what they think the main problems are and how institutions should be addressing them.

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.

Birmingham-based charity Craftspace has launched Craftspace+, a new supporters network for people curious about craft.

Amber Cooper-Green

Amber Cooper-Green

In:Site Festival returns to Birmingham city centre for a ninth year from 5-7 September 2019. Over three days recent graduates will work with the public to transform the outdoor space around Birmingham Cathedral, creating craft interventions inspired by the space, architecture, people and heritage.

During the festival each maker is allocated time to create and install their temporary artwork on a specific day, turning the making process into a performance. The passing public can watch or join in with the creation of many of the artworks and learn different techniques. This year activities will include creating mini objects using local clay, learning macramé, taking time to stitch or collaborating with a designer to make furniture from scrap wood.

The festival showcases new graduate talent, but also helps to develop emerging craft businesses. It provides graduates with a professional commission and profile for their CV. Benefits to artists include being able to: enhance skills, test the viability of ideas, respond to a public art brief and a specific site and engage with the public at first hand. It also presents contemporary craft for all to encounter and experience in an unconventional public setting.

The festival is curated and produced by Craftspace, a Birmingham-based charity creating opportunities to see, make and be curious about contemporary craft. It is free with everyone welcome to watch and take part. By the end of the festival Cathedral Square will be adorned with new art works.

In:Site Festival takes place in Birmingham Cathedral Square, Colmore Row, Birmingham. B3 2QB
5 – 7 September 2019, 11am-5.30pm (Work is on display until Sunday 8 September.) Free and open to all.

In:Site Festival returns to Birmingham city centre for a ninth year from 5-7 September 2019. Over three days recent graduates will work with the public to transform the outdoor space around Birmingham Cathedral, creating craft interventions inspired by the space, architecture, people and heritage.