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The market for craft: contractors needed for our next research study

We’re delighted to announce we’re looking for contractors to undertake a study of the UK market for craft.

The Crafts Council and eight leading national partners* from across the UK are working together to investigate the characteristics of the market for craft. Over the last ten years we’ve seen an enormous increase in interest in making, from high end purchases to everyday participation. We want to understand more about how best to stimulate, support and grow that market. We want to know who’s buying craft, what they’re buying and why, how big the market is, how routes to market are changing now and in the near future, and what kind of infrastructure can best support the market.

It’s exciting to see the growth in craft exports as more businesses improve their international strategy and sales. There are also more fairs and sales events springing up across the country. But the challenge of bringing products to market can only be tackled with systematic insight into demand. We’re keen to strengthen our sector’s understanding of that market and businesses’ ability to grow.

We’ll be keeping you informed as we pursue this study and inviting you to contribute. Look out for updates.

For more information on the partners: Arts Council of Wales, Contemporary Visual Arts NetworkCraft Northern IrelandCraft ScotlandCrafts Council, Creative ScotlandCreative United, The Goldsmiths’ CompanyGreat Northern Events/Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

If you would like more information or wish to apply to undertake the study please see the Invitation to Tender document below: 

Apply to the Study




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