Crafting futures supports the future of craft around the globe. This British Council programme strengthens economic, social and cultural development through learning and access. Crafting futures’ projects support practices and people, through research, collaboration and education.
Through international collaboration, Crafting Futures creates new networks and opportunities for shared learning between the UK and other countries around the globe. The programme supports research and education in craft, ensuring our projects are relevant and the quality of creative practice is preserved and continues to develop. Crafting Futures offers designers and artisans access to knowledge and expertise, new markets and new audiences, ensuring the value of craft is appreciated more broadly and knowledge can continue to be shared within the sector.
With increasing global interest on climate change and consumptive economic models in a post-globalised world, the world is looking for alternative approaches to crafts, addressing sustainability across environment, economic and culture through crafts, and explore new economic models, systems and ways of collaborating.
The growing sector around repurposing materials and new materials development have garnered quite a lot of interest – designers and artists in Indonesia are interested about it, and it is an area where the UK has an abundance of leadership and best practice on, yet still have room for learning about alternative ways.
2019-20 Programme Milestones
Below are several projects as part of the development of this programme in 2019-20.