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Find, and download, research reports commisioned by the Crafts Council.

Measuring the Craft Economy - Defining and measuring craft: report 3 

Measuring the Craft Economy gives the fullest picture to date of the value and scale of craft’s contribution to the UK economy.

The findings in this report build on proposals set out in the Crafts Council’s 2013 series of reports Defining and measuring craft: Definitions 1998 – 2012 (June 2013) and Defining and measuring craft: Proposals for a way forward (June 2013).  This report measures the contribution of craft not only within craft industries, but also across the creative industries and wider economy. 

The craft economy generates nearly £3.4bn for the UK economy, accounting for 0.3% of UK GVA (gross value added).

Making It Local: what does this mean in the context of contemporary craft?

This report helps to identify and define how the notion of ‘place’ is interpreted and expressed across the contemporary craft sector and in the role of making.  It also explores how the changing concept of ‘local’ is impacting on the business models and practices of UK craft makers.

The study provides a flavour of the breadth of business models and practices contemporary UK crafts-makers are adopting in response to a number of identified macro-level challenges.  The examples presented demonstrate that rather than becoming less significant, ‘place’ and the ‘local’ in contemporary craft-making are becoming ever more important.

Studying craft: trends in craft education and training

The Studying Craft report is research commissioned by the Crafts Council and is a comprehensive examination of contemporary craft education in England.

The research examined all stages of formal education and training from Key Stage 4 to postgraduate study to look at provision and participation in craft courses for the last five academic years.

Read the Studying Craft press release

Research Reports