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Hothouse 2019: Call for Applications

Majeda Clarke, Hothouse 2017 participant


Hothouse is a programme of creative and business development, which provides you with the tools to grow a sustainable and successful creative business.

Hothouse is unique in being a nationally recruiting programme which takes place at a series of leading centres of craft activity around the country, maximising opportunities for you to broaden horizons and build networks. This national outlook is balanced with a personalised approach to learning. The workshop and residential programme is tailored to the needs of its participants as a group, and each individual participant also receives ten hours of 1:1 professional mentoring with a specialist from the sector.

Being part of the programme, offers you outstanding opportunities to build strong networks. As a participant, you become part of a peer-support network of makers at a similar stage of their career and gain access to the Crafts Council’s national network of industry experts, organisations, speakers and trainers. Status as a ‘Hothouser’  is also a mark of achievement recognised by a number of organisations.

Who is eligible?

You might define yourself as a maker, a designer, or an artist, but making, primarily in 3-D, will be at the heart of what you do.

You could be self-taught, have studied craft at university, or as an apprentice, but you will you have started your practice or business within the last four years. 

The materials you use could include clay, metal, wood, willow, stone, paper, textile, glass, leather, gems, plastics or even new ones you have developed yourself, but you will show skill and understanding in how you work with those materials.

The processes you use could be traditional or innovative (including digital), but you will bring a contemporary perspective to your practice, and show a high level of skill in your work.

We are open to a range of disciplines, materials and ideas. If you are a talented maker able to demonstrate potential to commit to and succeed in your making practice – Hothouse could be for you.

We want to bring together a diverse group of talented makers from all over the country whatever their background or professional qualifications. We particularly welcome applications from currently under-represented groups in craft. Applicants who identify as Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and/or as disabled will be guaranteed an interview if they meet the essential criteria for the Hothouse programme.

How to Apply

In order to apply you have to create a Crafts Council website account – once logged in you will see the Hothouse application.  You will be able to submit part of your application by video if you have difficulties with written application forms and you will be able to save it as you go along.

Before you apply, please read the following documents:

Eligibility, financial and programme info
How to make an application

Deadline for applications: 12noon, Friday 7 September 2018

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