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  • Five Artists Reflect On Their Waning Powers, Paul Spooner, 1983. Crafts Council Collection: W49. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography

Research Strategy

Our research strategy for 2015-2018 

The Crafts Council’s research department delivers rigorous evidence on craft trends, achieving recognised impact on policy and practice. The primary purpose of our research programme is to produce and disseminate evidence to inform policy and practice to support a thriving UK craft sector. Our evidence also informs the Crafts Council’s business plan and the design, prioritisation and delivery of our programmes.

The craft sector requires a robust evidence base to inform how it is best supported and to demonstrate its social, economic and cultural value to Government, policy-makers, funders and investors. Without this evidence the sector cannot make the case or make informed decisions. The Crafts Council is uniquely positioned to produce evidence on behalf of the sector and to promote findings both within the sector and within the wider business, political and cultural landscape, nationally and internationally.

The executive summary of the strategy provides an overview of the framework for our research programme.