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Craft on the new frontier: confidence and courage required

Crafts Council’s recent Make:Shift conference in London addressed how new technologies are driving innovation in craft practice. Inspired by the two-day event, Mike Press of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design reflects on the challenges and possibilities that lie ahead.

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Green Jewel
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Supporting professional practice

A guide to career development and training opportunities as well as related services and resources that are designed to help artists and makers take their practice to the next level.

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Ludic Automatons
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Curating new technologies

The annual Craft Curators Forum, a networking and discussion event from the Crafts Council, was held in London 23-24 September.

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Promenade
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Trust New Art

A National Trust and Arts Council England partnership will build links between the Trust and contemporary arts and craft sector.

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Slag Heap Tribute
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Beyond selling

As a main source of intelligence about the intricacies of artists’ working practices in the UK, a-n has been a place for extensive discourse on portfolio working. Quantitative research studies show portfolio working in the contemporary craft sector being undertaken by 65-70% of makers. The individuals behind these figures and their stories are explored in a new qualitative research study commissioned by the Crafts Council called Making Value: craft and the economic and social contribution of makers.

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Craft does matter

The Crafts Council celebrated the 6,000 people who’ve so far signed up to the Craft Matters initiative with March’s event at the House of Lords that also launched www.craftmatters.org.uk.

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Parlour
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Spark Plug Curator Awards

The Crafts Council has announced the five new recipients of its Spark Plug Curator Awards. The award of

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How craft makers contribute

If you’re a maker with a portfolio practice, applying your craft skills and knowledge in different roles, projects and settings who’d willing to see your work profiled in a major national research project that aims to influence future support for craft, then the Crafts Council wants to hear from you.

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Spark Plug Curator Award

Crafts Council Director of Programmes, Claire West talks to Jane Watt about why the Spark Plug Curator Award was initiated, the selection process and some of the exciting new curatorial ideas and works that have emerged.

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Burning Fat
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Richard William Wheater

Richard William Wheater is a recipient of the Crafts Council Development Award. He talks to Jane Watt about his installation/performance work, his experience of applying for funding and the importance of being focused, but not pigeon-holed.

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Qualia
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Hans Borgonjon

Hans Borgonjon talks about how a Crafts Council Development Award has helped him to develop his ceramic practice and studio.

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Line up - small forms
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Prizes and awards focus

Selected reports on some of the UK’s prizes and awards for artists including cash prizes, solo exhibitions and professional development support.

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zzz
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Collect

Abigail Branagan profiles Collect – the international art fair for contemporary objects.

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Sampler culture clash

Led by London Printworks’ Director David Littler, who describes his two passions in life as textiles and music, the Sampler – Culture Clash project, is an attempt to bring the two cultures of embroidery and DJ-ing together to see what might happen when these cultures clash.

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Mrs Tracy Twining
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Subversive textiles

Naori Priestly who graduated from the Royal College of Art last year with a MA Constructed Textiles is one of 300 makers selected to show in Origin 2008.

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Pot
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Making it

Work that confounds traditional notions of craft is the focus for a new touring exhibition from the Crafts Council, the national development agency for applied arts.

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Paisley brooches
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Jane Adam

Jane Adam is a successful jewellery designer with an international reputation. Polly Harknett discusses her career and studio at Cockpit Arts and her wider role in the craft community.

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Black form
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Crafts awards

The Crafts Council Development Award is aimed at makers in the first three years of their practice, working in England.

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