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COLLECT 2015. Photo: Iona Wolff

How do you select designers, photographers and other creatives?

We work collaboratively with a number of creative practitioners including designers, photographers and film-makers to create visually compelling exhibitions and digital and print campaigns.

We are always interested in hearing from individuals and agencies to work with so if you would like to work with us then please drop us an email to comms@craftscouncil.org.uk with links to your portfolio/work.

We keep all details on file and arrange regular presentation days throughout the year to see some of the interesting creative work out there so we will get in contact if we would like to invite you in. 

How do I get profiled in Crafts Magazine or on the Crafts Council website?

If you have something that you feel may be of interest for editorial in Crafts magazine or on the Crafts Council website please send an email to crafts@craftscouncil.org.uk and content@craftscouncil.org.uk respectively. Unfortunately we cannot reply to all emails but everything submitted is considered by the magazine team and the website editorial team.

Where can I find a craft directory of makers and organisations?

We have just launched our new Crafts Council Directory - an easy-to-use directory of high-quality craft and makers selected by the Crafts Council.

Rich with images and information - you can search by discipline, material, location, price range and of course maker name. 

It presents a platform for makers across the UK to showcase their work and skills to a global audience and will become the number one resource for finding exceptional craft across the UK. 

If you are a maker and want to be a part from the start then apply today. Start by creating a Crafts Council website account and then from there you can build a profile from your dashboard.  

Directory FAQs

Are your professional and business development programmes open to anyone living in the UK.

We profile makers from across the UK but our professional and business development programmes are exclusively for makers based in England. We do however work with a variety of partners to support the craft sector across the UK.

Does the Crafts Council fund or sponsor individual makers or other craft organisations?

As a publicly funded organisation the Crafts Council is not in a position to sponsor other organisations or individuals or fund activity that it is not directly involved in. Our funds are fed directly into our own programming.

How is the Crafts Council funded?

The Crafts Council receives public funding via Arts Council England. It also earns income from a number of its activities including fees from organisations participating in events such as COLLECT, ticket sales to people attending these events and sales and advertising income through publications including Crafts magazine. It also receives gifts and donations from individuals via its supporters' schemes and from charitable trusts and foundations for projects with social, cultural and other benefits in line with their objectives.

What is the Crafts Council Collection?

The Crafts Council Collection is the UK's foremost collection of contemporary craft, embracing all craft disciplines and featuring the most important makers of the last 40 years. With over 1600 objects, the Collection provides a distinctive and authoritative view of contemporary craft, from its interface with design to its cross-over with digital art. The Collection includes ceramics, glass, metal, jewellery, furniture, textiles, wood, basketry, automata, calligraphy, lettering and bookbinding, as well as more unexpected work such as video, plastics and light. It is an exceptional resource for learning about makers, methods and materials. Works in the Collection feature in Crafts Council Touring Exhibitions and projects; as loans to museums, galleries and other venues across the UK.

How do I place an advert with Crafts magazine?

Call our advertising agency Publishing Matters on +44(0) 1395 576 829 or email advertising@craftscouncil.org.uk to discuss options and book your advert. Display advertisers will all receive a copy of the magazine with their invoice. Classified and online advertisers do not receive a file copy as a matter of course.

What kind of advertising is available through Crafts magazine?

The magazine provides a range of advertising options to suit all budgets from classified listings and display adverts in the print magazine, to online banner advertising on the website and e-bulletin slots. Download the media pack for full advertising information.

Can I get a work placement at Crafts magazine?

Historically, we have not taken on work placements at the magazine but we are prepared to consider them for the right candidate if the opportunity will be mutually beneficial. Please email your CV and project ideas to editorial@craftscouncil.org.uk for consideration.

How do I become a writer for Crafts magazine?

Crafts magazine calls on a range of freelance writers for the magazine and website content. If you have an idea for a feature or review, please email editorial@craftscouncil.org.uk with a brief outline and example of previous work. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all submissions.

How do I get my work published in Crafts magazine?

Send press releases to editorial@craftscouncil.org.uk or Crafts magazine, 44a Pentonville Road, Islington, N1 9BY. Never send original photography through the post and remember the magazine cannot accept responsibility for unsolicited mail. Due to the high volume of submission requests, we may not be able to answer every submission. When contacting the magazine about your work, it's a good idea to ensure that your website is functioning properly and that the images are of a high standard.

How often will I receive my copy of Crafts magazine?

Crafts is published every two months and on sale dates are in the first week of January, March, May, July, September and November.

Can I buy back issues of Crafts magazine?

You can browse and purchase back issues on the Crafts magazine issues page. If you enjoy Crafts magazine please think about subscribing 

What happens if I change my address?

Please notify us as soon as possible by emailing subscriptions@craftscouncil.org.uk with your name, previous postcode and your new address. Your delivery details will be changed immediately, but distribution timing may mean your magazine arrives at your previous address.

How can I pay for a new subscription, gift subscription or renew an existing one?

You can pay online, by phone or by filling in our downloadable Subscription Form (33 KB PDF format) We accept: Direct Debit; cheque; credit/debit card; BACS transfer; invoice (institutions only).

How can I contact Crafts magazine subscriptions department?

You can contact us by emailing subscriptions@craftscouncil.org.uk or by phoning +44 (0)20 7806 2542 between 9.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

Can I use images from your website?

You are welcome to save low resolution single copies of images from this site, free of charge, for your own personal use. Personal use means the use of a single copy of each image by one person for non-commercial purposes, for example education, academic study, scholarship or research.
Images must be credited with Title, Object No., Maker, Date and Name of Photographer if given, and courtesy of the Crafts Council.

E.g. Cross Fire Knife: Natural Occurrence Series, M87, Geoffrey Mann, 2010. Photo: Nick Moss, courtesy of the Crafts Council.

If you would like to use images for any commercial publication or project, in academic publications, or in any television or video, multimedia, website or other electronic media you will need a licence from the Crafts Council.  Fees may be charged according to usage.
For further information and to request permission to use images please contact us at comms@craftscouncil.org.uk.
Please note that there is a charge for research services and new photography.
In the event of any identified breach of these terms and conditions of use, the Crafts council may take any appropriate action to constrain further use and/or seek financial recompense.

How can I advertise a craft related opportunity on your website?

If you have an opportunity for makers, you can apply to have this included on our website. Simply complete and submit the opportunities form and a Crafts Council team member will publish the item to the website (please note, only opportunities deemed suitable by the Crafts Council will be included).

How do you acquire new works for the Crafts Council Collection?

Under our Acquisitions Policy all acquisitions are based on proposals put forward to the Crafts Council by a network of specialist advisors who engage in making, writing and teaching craft. The Crafts Council has a modest annual purchase fund from its core budget and also seeks additional funds from supporters including its patrons and other funds e.g. the Art Fund. Find out more about how acquisitions are made on the Craft Council Collections overview page.

What is the organisational structure of the Crafts Council?

In 1971 the Crafts Advisory Committee (CAC) was formed to advise the government 'on the needs of the artist craftsman and to promote a nation-wide interest and improvement in their products'. In April 1979 the CAC was renamed the Crafts Council. It established independence from the Design Council and was granted a Royal Charter in 1982 'to advance and encourage the creation and conservation of works of fine craftsmanship and to foster, promote and increase the interest of the public in the works of fine craftsmen and the accessibility of those works to the public in England and Wales'. The Crafts Council is a Registered Charity (Charity Number 280956) and one of Arts Council England's National Portfolio Organisations.

Does the Crafts Council have a permanent gallery and shop?

The Crafts Council works with partner venues and organisations across the UK to create opportunities for people throughout the country to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft. Our office in London is our administrative headquarters and we do not have a permanent gallery and shop onsite. We closed the former shop and gallery based in Islington in 2006 to enable us to spread our resources more widely.