Cultural Playing Field


Meeting the Crafts Council by Robin Simpson
February 6, 2015, 3:42 pm
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The Crafts Council, Islington, London

The Crafts Council, Islington, London

On Thursday I was at the Crafts Council in London to meet Rosy Greenlees and Annie Warburton. We had an extensive conversation about the current work of the Crafts Council and Voluntary Arts and identified several areas for potential collaboration. We talked in detail about Our Cultural Commons. We also discussed ‘Our Future is in the Making: An Education Manifesto for Craft and Making’, which was launched at the House of Commons in in November 2014, see: http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/education-manifesto/. I was particularly interested to hear about the work the Crafts Council has been doing with the Polish community in Liverpool as part of a research programme looking at diverse practices of making across England. We also spoke about the Craft Clubs, established by the Crafts Council in 2009 in partnership with United Kingdom Hand Knitting Association and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, see: http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/craft-club/. There are around 800 Crafts Clubs still going and we discussed how to ensure they are are all aware of the Voluntary Arts online information services.

Robin Simpson.

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