Cultural Playing Field

Visiting the Crafts Council by Robin Simpson
May 7, 2010, 5:24 pm
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On Tuesday I was at the Crafts Council in London to meet its Executive Director, Rosy Greenlees. The Crafts Council was established in 1961 as a parallel body to the Arts Council but is now a regularly funded client of Arts Council England and has gone through a major review of its role in recent years. Rosy described the Crafts Council as the national agency working to raise the profile of contemporary craft, to create opportunities for professional makers and to advocate for the sector. That sector comprises around 95,000 people across the country who would describe themselves as professional makers: though the main focus for the Crafts Council is on those working in contemporary craft – approximately 35,000 people. We had an extremely interesting and wide-ranging conversation about the various Craft Council programmes and projects, particularly those encouraging participation in crafts, and discussed a number of ways in which we might be able to work together.

Robin Simpson.

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