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  • Ndidi Ekubia in her studio at Cockpit Arts, Deptford. Photo: Sophie Mutevelian, © Crafts Council

Talent Development Programmes

Supporting makers across the UK

Talent is everywhere, but everyone needs a helping hand to reach their potential. The Crafts Council provides support for professionals within the craft sector from makers to craft curators and galleries. We encourage makers and curators to be ambitious, take risks in their practice and expand their artistic, technological and geographic horizons to deliver the highest quality work to the widest audiences.

We’ve supported the success of leading British makers over five decades. Crafts Council offers everything from bite-sized workshops to year-long programmes, for makers who are just starting out to those already well-established. We cover the essential topics for running a successful practice and craft business so makers can make the most of their talent, setting a standard for excellence and driving increased ambition and aspiration through the sector.

Hothouse is an intensive six-month professional development programme for emerging makers, which includes ten one-day workshops, a two-day residential, six hours of 1:1 mentoring and connects participants to a national network of makers and organisations.  

Injection is a year-long programme for established makers which provides tools to develop their aspirations for growth and embed sustainability and resilience within their business practice. 

Portfolio offers makers opportunities to develop their creative practice and professional portfolio through open collaborations with other professonals including technologists, engineers and scientists.

Talent Development Business Workshops and Masterclasses take elements from our existing programmes, as well as new features in response to needs from makers, to assist with business growth. 

Participants in all Talent Development programmes take part in on-going evaluation at key points during the programme and beyond in order to capture their journeys and outcomes. The information gathered helps us map the growth in the sector and provide advocacy to ensure all programmes maintain their relevance and impact. 

All the Talent Development programmes are delivered in partnership. Visit Partner Us for more information.