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July 2016 Policy Brief

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Innovation through craft!

Our latest report points to evidence that the UK is at risk of failing to take advantage of its expertise in craft. Innovation through Craft: Opportunities for Growth, describes the way in which collaboration drives innovation and how we can make the most of its economic potential. Working with partners the Knowledge Transfer Network and the University of Brighton, we commissioned KPMG to investigate the processes and economic impact of innovation through craft. 

The process of innovation through craft is also summed up in a neat graphic and a great little film! And on the same theme, remember to get tickets for our Make:Shift innovation conference,10-11  November in Manchester.

Political appointments

Congratulations to new appointees:

EU referendum

Following a high number of responses to a Crafts Council email about the EU referendum, we launched a survey of your views on Crafts Council priorities, open till 15 August. The Creative Industries Federation have also set out key targets and priorities for the new administration:

  1. Brexit negotiations to ensure the sector is at the heart of all policy-making
  2. An integrated industrial strategy
  3. A rounded education, including creative subjects, for individual development and social cohesion.

Education and skills

New research

  • Nesta’s The Geography of Creativity in the UK provides a systematic mapping of the UK’s creative clusters. The authors acknowledge that the characteristics of craft businesses do not lend themselves easily to the approach used in the report (craft is spatially and sectorally widely distributed, yet not at the level of density of other sectors featured). But the key recommendation – to support the development of clusters outside London and the South East – is very relevant to how craft clusters mainly outside this region (see slide 4 of the graphic). 
  • The Arts Dividend: Why Investment In Culture Pays, from Arts Council England Chief Executive, Darren Henley, identifies seven ‘dividends’ that flow from sustained investment in art and culture. 
  • And we only just came across this interesting PhD research by Rose Sinclair at Goldsmiths, University of London, on the role of Dorcas societies and clubs - 19th century women’s philanthropic, socially progressive, Bible-inspired textile-making clubs that are still flourishing today. 

We’ll be back in September!

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